Amy Bullock Photos Regen Dec 22 21 MerlinResponding to the independent report from the UK’s Electricity Network Commissioner published today [04 August 2023], Merlin Hyman, CEO at Regen, commented:  

“Ask anyone investing in renewable energy about the biggest challenge they face and chances are they will cite challenges with the grid. The UK’s electricity networks are critical infrastructure to end our reliance on expensive imported gas and tackle global heating.   

We, therefore, welcome the Electricity Network Commissioner’s report today setting out recommendations to halve the time to deliver grid infrastructure.  

We urge Grant Shapps and the government to implement the recommendations urgently in full. The response from the Secretary of State to the recommendations is polite and positive, but disappointingly non-committal. A net zero ready grid needs to be a national priority. 

The government and Ofgem have promised a grid Connections Action Plan this summer. This will be a key test of their commitment to action on the grid to unblock the queue of renewables, storage and electric car charging projects we urgently need to get built.” 

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Estelle Limon, Policy Manager at or 07875175063  

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