Without doubt, 2018 has been the year that the move towards a truly net zero carbon economy has really captured the imagination of policymakers, industry, and parliamentarians alike. Britain’s progress in decarbonising its electricity generation over the last 10 years has helped lift our ambition in that respect. But whether it be tackling the need to decarbonise the transport we all rely upon every day or finally making in-roads in to the fiendishly complex task of decarbonising the heat that we all need to keep our homes warm, bigger, more complex challenges now lie before us all. Whatever the way forward might be, the roles of our energy system will continue to change in response. And that includes the role of the energy network infrastructure that Britain’s homes, businesses and communities rely upon for reliable and secure energy supplies. A flexible approach needs to be at the heart of that change. As the interactions that energy networks have with the wider energy system change in response to new technologies that are being deployed, then so will the part they have to play. We have already seen this with the role that local electricity networks have played in connecting large quantities of renewable generation to a system that was designed to simply distribute electricity in one direction. We are increasingly seeing it with the role that gas distribution networks through trialling new sources of decarbonised gas, such as hydrogen, at scale.
Business Green 19th Dec 2018 read more »
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