Boris Johnson has underscored his commitment for more offshore wind and a Green Industrial Revolution in his keynote party conference speech today.
The UK's energy network operators have already been investing and helping to turn the country into a superpower of renewable energy. Here are six ways that network companies are helping us to Build Back Greener:
- Connecting record levels of renewable generation - nearly 50GW of renewable electricity is now connected to the grid. Almost 80% of the increase in renewable capacity since last year has come from offshore wind.
- Turbocharging infrastructure for electric vehicles - since 2015 the number of charging points has increased by 402%.
- Helping to slash carbon emissions - replacing old cast-iron mains gas pipes with new hydrogen and biomethane-ready pipes will have taken the equivalent of over 526,000 cars off the road since 2014.
- Creating jobs and growth - 400,000 jobs will be needed by 2050 to deliver the UK’s emissions targets. More jobs will be needed within the energy networks, the supply chain and in the new services and industries that emerge.
- Helping our gas go green - moving to a zero-carbon gas grid where we use low carbon gases like biomethane and hydrogen will help save bill-payers £89bn by 2050.
- Our Open Networks project is helping homes and businesses take full advantage of new technologies such as electric vehicles and heat pumps and underpinning the delivery of an even smarter, more efficient grid.
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.
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