A new report from National Grid, dubbed Zero 2050, has highlighted the importance of onshore renewables if there is to be any decarbonisation of the energy system in South Wales. Teaming up with the Welsh Government, South Wales Industrial Cluster and other public and private sector representatives, National Grid took a deep dive into what it would take for South Wales to achieve a net zero energy system – the results are rather unsurprising. South Wales is currently a hub of activity for the UK’s whole energy grid, with the area playing host to several coal-fired and gas-fired power stations. That’s one of the key reasons National Grid undertook this analysis, as the firm understands the impact that decarbonisation will have on the area. The report took into account both the future impact on jobs in the area, as well as ensuring that any path to net zero came at a minimal cost to consumers. It also included input from National Grid Electricity Transmission, National Grid Gas Transmission, Western Power Distribution, Wales & West Utilities and the Welsh Government, as well as experts from Cardiff University and energy and transport consultants. These experts modelled future energy demands across the residential and commercial, industrial and transport sectors, and how this demand could be met.
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