Welcome to the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC)'s Youth Advisory Panel (YAP)'s blog. The DECC YAP is a group of young people aged between 15 and 25 from all over the UK, with a wide-range of backgrounds, from academia to activism.
Our aim is to inform everyone and anyone about DECC's activities and likewise to help DECC understand and take into account the concerns of young people. We are a medium of consultancy and conversation. Much of our work looks at finding a 'Pathway to 2050', reviewing how energy with be supplied and used in the next four decades, so follow us and join us on the journey!
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
The Mass roll out of SMART meters begins in 2014 when householders across the UK will be encouraged by energy providers to switch to next generation meters which enable people to monitor and manage their domestic energy consumption. Unlike traditional meters, SMART meters provide insight into how much energy is being used at any given time and by which appliances in the home. Large amounts of data will be collected on energy use to enable providers to refine their pricing structures to offer flexible and innovative tariffs to consumers.
The first meeting of the new session (not sure how to define it!) saw presentations from the Smart Meters team, the Customer Insight team and the 2050 team. This year we'll be looking a bit more in depth at the work of particular teams within DECC, investigating the work of the Coal + CCS Team and the Land-based Renewables team in addition to those that presented to us at our meeting.
The group will continue to meet once a month, our next meeting being at the start of June. More detailed posts on plans for the year ahead and the presentations will follow shortly.