- reduces transmission costs, which can dissipate 7% of Europe’s energy supply.
- harnesses all the small generators of energy, whether solar panels, wind turbines or local supply. Renewable energy sources now make up 25% of Europe’s energy supply but are inadequately integrated with other sources.
- enables people to use energy when it is least expensive and spread the load over the day and year. Using energy at the wrong time and for useless purposes wastes 20% of Europe’s energy.
‘Smart Energy’ combines the energy from Smart Grids, Renewable Energy, and Distributed Generation. (These have been developed individually but have not achieved optimum synergy).