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Supporting a green energy economy

Britain’s energy networks are working with Ofgem to unlock around £300m to support a green economic recovery from Covid-19.

Glasgow, Scotland
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The timeline so far...

Step 1

At the request of the UK Government and Ofgem, energy network operators identified places where a lack of local network capacity is restricting development, including the adoption of Low Carbon Technologies.

Step 2

The 'call for evidence' is now closed. Submissions are being gathered to help us understand and validate the state of readiness of proposals and plans that developers, local authorities and other people and organisations are considering around the places we have identified.

Step 3

All 'call for evidence' results enable us to create a priority order of network investment (reinforcement). We will then implement this over the next two to three years. It will also inform longer term network development in RIIO-ED2 and beyond.

"With tens of millions of pounds allocated for investment in each distribution network licence area, there is around £300m available across Great Britain."

David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association

What happens next

Friday 19 March 2021

Our call for evidence through your local network operator is now closed.

From 22 March to early May

Network operators, Ofgem and the government will review submissions

Mid-May

Final short listing of sites will be announced and work will commence

"With the clock ticking on the UK’s race to hit net zero carbon emissions, we cannot afford to delay in building a clean energy infrastructure that will help power our transport and heat our homes emissions-free."

Jonathan Brearley, Chief Executive of Ofgem

Part of a wider response

Tap or click on your region to find out how your local network operator is supporting the Green Recovery programme.

This scheme is part of a much wider Government policy response to address climate change and support a green energy economy, and hence must be co-ordinated with and support wider schemes. For example, this scheme could be used as a pathfinder for OLEV’s Project Rapid. This scheme will pave the way for collaborative and agile investment by networks in the RIIO2 periods. 

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