National Infrastructure Commission's findings show that Britain should aim for renewables to meet two-thirds of electricity needs by 2030, and that this can be delivered at the same overall cost as meeting only half of total demand by that date.
David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association, which represents the UK and Ireland’s energy networks businesses, said:
“We welcome the NIC’s latest report and fully agree that now is the time to accelerate the roll-out of renewable generation. More renewables needs to be backed by not only a strengthened grid but also a smarter, more agile network, the central focus of our Open Networks project. A smarter, greener grid can help shift demand to when renewables supply is plentiful, supporting the decarbonisation of transport and heat whilst minimising the cost to the consumer.”
About Energy Networks Association
We’re the industry body for the energy networks. Our members own and operate the wires and pipes which carry electricity and gas into your community, supporting our economy. The wires and pipes are the arteries of our economy, delivering energy to over 30 million homes and businesses across the UK and Ireland. To do this safely and reliably, the businesses which run the networks employ 45,000 people and have spent and invested over £60 billion in the last eight years.