“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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Notes to editors
- The independent report from the Electricity Network Commissioner can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/accelerating-electricity-transmission-network-deployment-electricity-network-commissioners-recommendations
- Regen published a report in May 2023 which outlines the challenges and solutions to prepare Britain’s electricity network for net zero: https://www.regen.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Building-a-GB-electricity-network-ready-for-net-zero.pdf
Regen is an independent centre of energy expertise with a mission to accelerate the transition to a zero carbon energy system. www.regen.co.uk