Renewable Energy

We’re connecting large scale volumes of renewable energy, enough to power 3.5 million homes – helping to make major headway in achieving Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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A renewable revolution

Towards the end of the 2000s, new Government ‘feed-in tariffs’ began. This meant that just about anyone could get paid for generating electricity. Along with a wave of affordable new solar panels and wind turbine technology, renewable energy began to boom. This was accelerated further by a rapid increase in energy storage devices, like batteries.

All this new generation and storage pushed network capacity close to its limits in some areas, meaning we began to innovate at unprecedented pace to connect as much as possible as cheaply as possible. We are now using world-leading technology and software to manage our network more efficiently.

The upshot is that so far, we’ve connected renewable energy capacity equivalent to more than double the capacity of the planned £20bn Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station, with more than 170,000 individual providers sending energy to the network. We forecast this to double by 2030, meaning 8 out of 10 homes and businesses on our electricity network will be powered by renewable energy.

Our Role

Create Smart Solutions

Identifying, building and deploying technical and commercial solutions to pave the way for more renewables at the lowest possible cost.

Engage

Engaging with our customers and stakeholders, making sure we’re actively listening and responding to their needs with products and services that make a tangible impact.

Innovate

Continuously innovating and testing new ideas, never losing focus that there is still work to be done.

A wave of distributed generation

The animation below shows the scale of the change, as more and more distributed generation has connected to our network. Among these new generators is more than 7.2GW of renewable energy.

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