Report outlines future of reliable decarbonised electricity
The delivering a reliable decarbonised power system report illustrates the feasibility of a reliable, resilient, decarbonised electricity supply system for 2035, and the steps required to achieve it.
The report states the Government must give equal focus to low-carbon flexible solutions as to the full delivery of its existing renewables and nuclear commitments.
Some key recommendations are: publishing a long-term strategy for delivery, conducting a review of governance arrangements for resilience to climate hazards in the energy system, to ensure they are fit for the new expanded and more diverse low-carbon system and developing a long-term cross-sectoral infrastructure strategy to adapt and build respectively the distribution of liquid and gaseous fuels, electricity, CO2 and heat networks over the next decade.
Transforming the electricity system provides opportunities for growth.
Over 31,000 people across the UK are employed in offshore wind alone – this is set to rise to 97,000 by 2030.
The report uses real weather data and hourly analysis of Great Britain’s power system (Northern Ireland is part of the all-Ireland system) and also looks at the implications for hydrogen.