What is the issue?

The UK Government is committed to achieving an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050.

This is driven by worldwide concerns about climate change and our dependency on fossil fuels that is contributing to rising energy prices.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) published a 2050 Pathways Analysis to illustrate how carbon emission reduction targets could potentially be achieved. This suggests that some of this 80% reduction will come from alternative sources for heating our properties (heat pumps) and means of fuelling our transport needs (electric vehicles). This will increase demand for electricity that will be provided by more low carbon generation, including nuclear, and renewables (wind, solar, and tidal).

DECC also published the 2050 calculator to help the public engage in the 2050 challenge. Click here to see if you can find ways to achieve the Government target.

These low carbon solutions will create a challenge for the networks (the substations and cables) that deliver electricity to our homes and businesses. Our current networks are not built to meet the higher levels of consumption; and new techniques are required to accommodate generation that will vary according to when the wind blows and the sun shines.

To meet higher levels of demand and make best use of renewable generation will require greater controls of the use and distribution of electricity than previously required. The solutions to help network businesses achieve this are often referred to as a “smart grid”. The alternative to a smart grid is to build a larger network of cables that will be very disruptive and more costly.

Every business, household and individual can play a role in contributing to the Government’s target and help is at hand with a number of Government and industry initiatives to help us change our use of energy. So we would urge you to Get Involved and we look forward to hearing from you.

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