The government’s infrastructure advisor has told ministers that ensuring there are “no barriers” to future interconnector projects should be prioritised as the UK exits the EU. In its Annual Monitoring Report (AMR), published today (Wednesday), the National Infrastructure Commission, notes that an additional 1GW of interconnection capacity came on stream during 2019. In addition, it points to Ofgem’s regulatory approval for the construction of a further 12.9GW of interconnection capacity during the year. It says that this additional interconnector capacity combined with other moves, such as the reinstatement of the UK’s Capacity Market, meant there had been progress on developing a flexible electricity system during 2019. “These ongoing successes show there is potential for the UK to develop a flexible, highly renewable energy system.” And the NIC says more “concerted and decisive” action must be taken to deliver a flexible electricity system, including work by the government to maintain access to future interconnector projects in its negotiations with the EU.
Edie 27th Feb 2020 read more »
As the Commission’s new report makes clear the UK’s progress towards essential net zero infrastructure remains decidedly patchy, even if there have been some encouraging steps forward since the election. One of the critical issues highlighted is the pace of deployment of flexible grid technologies – an arguably confusing umbrella term that refers to the suite of batteries, smart grid systems, demand response services, interconnectors, and even some green heat systems that all help to dynamically match power supply and demand.
Business Green 27th Feb 2020 read more »