Energy Networks Association – the industry body representing all major energy network operators in the UK – has published a routemap outlining how they will align with net-zero and support the transition to green electricity, heat, transport and industry. The routemap is modelled after Boris Johnson’s own Ten Point Plan, designed to align the UK’s economic recovery from Covid-19 with its long-term climate targets. The Plan outlined fresh funding and policy support for many of the technologies mentioned in the Conservative Party’s manifesto, including electric vehicles (EVs), hydrogen and carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS). While the plan was broadly welcomed, some have questioned whether it goes far enough to put the UK on a net-zero trajectory, given that the nation is not on track to meet future carbon budgets that were designed under the original Climate Change Act. Moreover, businesses are asking for clarity around how electricity, transport and heat networks will cope. Energy Networks Association’s (ENA) ten-point plan outlines commitments to consolidate offshore connections, develop hybrid interconnectors and scale-up battery storage as more wind farms come online. The Ten Point Plan includes an ambition for the UK to host 40GW of offshore wind by 2030. Aside from wind, the roadmap highlights the importance of nuclear energy. The ten-point plan includes a £525m package for the sector – some of which is expected to go to Rolls Royce, for its work to develop 16 mini modular reactors across the UK. But the UK Government has been accused of failing to support nuclear at an appropriate scale, and of failing to plan ahead for the impending ‘nuclear gap’. Six of the UK’s nuclear plants are planning to go offline by 2030 and progress on Hinkley Point in Somerset has been stalled once again due to Covid-19.
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