London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 24, 2011 - SmartGrid GB has been launched as a new cross industry body to act as a national champion to promote the development and delivery of a smart grid in Great Britain.

SmartGrid GB brings together key players from across the energy sector, ICT companies, environmental organizations, government, regulators and consumer groups. The founding members are Alcatel-Lucent, British Gas, Cable & Wireless, General Electric, IBM, Intellect, Logica, npower, Oracle, Power Plus Communications, SAP, Siemens, UK Power Networks, and Utilisoft.

SmartGrid GB will promote the consumer, environmental and economic benefits that the accelerated deployment of smart grid infrastructure will bring to Great Britain. The group also will provide government with policy advice and direction on what actions are required and how smart grid can be delivered.

“The implementation of a smart grid in Britain is crucial for the future competitiveness of the British economy,” said Gavin Jones of IBM, who is serving as acting chair of SmartGrid GB. “SmartGrid GB will serve as a national champion for the development of smart grid in Britain. We will set out an ambitious and challenging vision and develop a plan of how we get there. It will bring together the best minds and best ideas and provide a step-change in our engagement with government. This really is a call to arms.”

The establishment of SmartGrid GB was led by Intellect, the trade association for the UK’s technology sector, and key stakeholders from the utilities industry.

Speaking at the launch, the minister of state for energy and climate change, Charles Hendry, said his department would work closely with Smart Grid GB.

With its launch SmartGrid GB has become a member of the Global Smart Grid Federation.