The NFU has responded to a call for evidence from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the energy regulator, Ofgem.
They are looking at how a 'smart' and flexible energy system might offer benefits for consumers and the economy, helping us to use electricity more flexibly and increasing the efficiency of the whole system.
From the farming point of view, we recognise that a growing proportion of new power generating capacity comprises small to medium scale renewables, connected to local ‘distribution’ networks.
However, we are concerned that our members should not have to bear a significant increase in network usage charges, since they are often both users and self-generators of electricity. There is an emerging variety of opportunities for farmers to host or invest in electricity storage systems.
Among the key points raised, we've said: