Connecting net zero

Britain’s electricity network is the foundation on which the country’s net zero future will be built, but the sector stands at a crossroads. If we are serious about accelerating the transition to a decentralised, digitalised and decarbonised energy system, then changing the way we operate and connect to the grid will be vital. Bilgin Oralerkaya, Business Development Manager at Vattenfall, examines the challenges and opportunities in this area.

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50GW made available to connect to the grid ahead of schedule

50GW of capacity – almost the equivalent of the UK’s peak electricity demand – has been made available to generators and battery storage providers to connect to Great Britain’s electricity grid substantially earlier than had measures taken by the sector not been implemented. 

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UK Power Networks launches first DSO

UK Power Networks has launched the nation’s first ever independent Distribution System Operator (DSO) – which will ensure that sufficient electricity capacity exists across London, the East and South East to support the anticipated uptake of electric vehicles (EVs), heat pumps and renewables generation.

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SSEN preparing for net zero transition

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Distribution has published research that shows unprecedented growth in low carbon and digital technologies, demanding exponential growth in networks to support the net zero transition – including being ready for two million electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030, up from less than 100,000 today.

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