National Grid ESO’s publication of the Future Energy Scenarios 2022 presents a range of pathways to net zero  by 2050, enabling the whole energy system to plan for a rapidly decarbonising future. 

Jonty Haynes, senior analyst at Regen, welcomed the publication: 

“The Future Energy Scenarios (FES) are absolutely vital to enabling decarbonisation not just by 2050, but also in the near term. A range of credible scenarios, backed by stakeholder engagement, is crucial to ensure that decarbonisation is not stymied by a lack of effective foresight and planning. 

Regen is particularly pleased to see the shift towards even more renewable generation and energy storage, a move away from hydrogen for domestic heating, and a greater emphasis on consumer participation to match supply with demand, as explored in our recent Day in the Life work with National Grid ESO.  

For Regen, the FES works hand-in-hand with our Distribution Future Energy Scenarios (DFES) work, allowing distribution networks to effectively and efficiently plan for the future at a local level. We look forward to continued iteration between the FES and DFES processes to deliver a strong evidence base for energy system planning, from a national level down to a household level. 

To see the trajectory of the FES becoming a more bottom-up driven analysis is also positive. By its nature, the DFES is a granular, regionally driven analysis and to reconcile this to a FES that is developed through a more bottom-up approach will allow for a more meaningful comparison.” 

 ENDS

  • For more information about Regen’s Distribution Future Energy Scenarios, click here.

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