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CLNR regional stakeholder forum a resounding success

(24 June 2013)

The Customer Led Network Revolution held a successful forum last month which brough together the project collaborators, including the Durham Energy Institute, and other stakeholders from the region, The event provided an overview of the project, insights into the methods and processes used, as well as the initial findings emerging from the project. A video of the event is now available.

 

The Customer Led Network Revolution (CLNR) regional stakeholder forum last month entitled; ‘Switch on to the Customer-Led Network Revolution and help us to create a smarter powergrid’ was a big success and received some fantastic feedback. The event brought together the project collaborators, including the Durham Energy Institute, and other key stakeholders from the region. The event provided an overview of the project, insights into the methods and processes used, as well as the initial findings emerging from the project.

Professor Phil Taylor opened the event which was held at the Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne. Key members of the CLNR team from Northern Powergrid, British Gas, Durham University and National Energy Action presented the latest project findings to an audience of approximately sixty delegates which included Ofgem and ENA, as well as other DNOs, academic institutions and important regional stakeholders like Narec and Newcastle and Durham City Councils.

The event focused on the ‘Customer-Led’ aspect of the project and covered topics like;

  • How CLNR recruited more than 12,000 domestic and business customers to take part in its on-going trials; and
  • How consumers have adapted their behaviour and energy usage in response to incentives and interventions like time of use tariffs and demand side response

 

A short video about the event can be viewed on the CLNR YouTube channel at http://goo.gl/YEEHM . Please share this link with any colleagues or contacts you think may be interested in future dissemination events

The video features interviews with key stakeholders on the day. Delegates at the event were also asked to complete feedback forms and here is a taster of some of the positive feedback received;

  • “An excellent event raising my level of knowledge about the CLNR project substantially”
  • “Durham’s insights into the work being done on data and behaviours were very interesting. Good scale of project, gave an excellent set of believable results”
  • “Very good, I liked the presentations which were focused on the results of the trials. I think there should be more of them in the future as more results come out”
  • “British Gas’s customer recruitment, interesting to see the levels of effort and approach to this element of the programme”
  • “Northern Powergrid seems to be leading the way in terms of preparing for a future where low carbon technologies are optimised, other DNOs will follow. The collaborative nature of the work is one of its strengths. Looking forward to more results” 
  • “I was aware of the project but it was very interesting to start to see some of the initial trial findings coming out"

A comprehensive report, featuring all the feedback from delegates will be available shortly. In the meantime if you would like further information on the project please visist www.dur.ac.uk/dei/research/projects/clnr/ 

If have any questions or comments on forthcoming CLNR events please contact Emma Wilson, LCNF Communications Advisor at emma.wilson@northernpowergrid.com 

Preparations for the 2013 national stakeholder event which will be held in July are now underway.