Do we need large power generation or a smarter power grid to avoid blackouts in the future?

Nicola Shaw, executive director at National Grid, informed the BBC that consumers could use smart technology to control their use of power and help balance out grid fluctuations in the future!

Smart software innovations integrated with the power system, Shaw terms as the “Internet of Energy”, will provide consumers with the flexibility to use their appliances when cheap electricity is available and therefore making smart consumption possible but this will be reliant upon a robust Internet infrastructure to support it.

"We are at a moment of real change in the energy industry,” Shaw told BBC News. “From a historic perspective we created energy in big generating organisations that sent power to houses and their businesses. Now we are producing energy in those places - mostly with solar power."

Find out more by heading over to the E&T website.