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Only by maximising the use of their existing network, will distributors be able to respond quickly to the changes in consumer behaviour that accompany a transition to a low carbon lifestyle. Perhaps the most challenging change facing distribution companies is the move from 'passive' to 'active' network operation and all that it entails (see 'Getting closer to consumers', below). Controlling consumer demand in preference to building new network capacity will require a new set of skills and, most probably, a new set of market mechanisms.

AMM - advanced meter management: Another term for smart meters and their supporting infrastructure. AVC - automatic voltage control: Technology, installed within a substation, which monitors voltage levels within the low voltage network and automatically controls equipment within the substation to maintain voltage levels within preset limits. brown out: A drop in voltage in an electrical power supply, so named because it typically causes lights to dim. CAPEX - capital expenditure: Investment in a fixed asset.

PV - photo voltaic: Another term for a solar cell or panel that converts energy from sunlight into electricity. RES - renewable energy sources: Natural resources such as sunlight, wind, tides and geothermal heat, which are renewable sources of energy. SCADA - Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition: Today's equivalent of smart grid technology, SCADA has been around for a long time but has typically only been deployed on transmission systems, water or gas networks. smart meter: An advanced meter offering remote access to a rich source of consumption data and meter functionality via two-way communication between meter and utility.

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