Consumers looking for the best gas and electricity prices might be interested to hear that building work on a 'smart' energy research centre has started.
The Duke of York attended a launching ceremony at the Power Network Demonstration Centre in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, to mark the beginning of a programme of work designed to see the facility open in early 2012.
Supported by energy supplier ScottishPower, the centre will focus on developing new smart electricity grid technologies, from electric cars to household appliances to advanced power grids.
Frank Mitchell, chief executive of ScottishPower Energy Networks, commented: "By providing access to a mini electricity grid that is not connected to the rest of the network, this centre will act as a catalyst in the development of grid technologies that will have a vital role to play in the move to a low carbon economy in the UK."
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