Building a GB electricity network ready for net zero

UK energy grid

Delivered by Regen

One of the major challenges to reaching net zero is upgrading the grid so that it can cope with increased electrification. MCS Charitable Foundation commissioned energy experts Regen to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the state of the grid and what is required to upgrade it.

The resulting report covers the scale of the challenge to upgrade our networks, the initiatives underway, and the key priorities to ensure network infrastructure is not a barrier to net zero.

A key finding from the research is that a net zero-ready grid is achievable. The priority now is moving from action plans to delivering reform and investment at pace.

We have delivered rapid growth of electricity system infrastructure before – between 1950 and 1975 electricity generation and grid capacity increased almost five-fold. However, transforming the grid requires a clear strategy and focus on delivery, alongside reform and urgent investment.

This report sets out, in a clear and accessible format for non-experts and experts alike, the actions that are needed to get the grid ready for mass uptake of heat pumps and EVs and to bring more low-cost renewable energy onstream.

Read the report here