The past is easy to tell, but it is much harder to tell the future.
However, some of the future has been clearly mapped out by the UK government’s National Infrastructure Commission, which has laid out a three-point road map to the future in its report focussing on: –
- Storage and
- Demand management and flexibility
Andrew Adonis, Interim Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, said; “Our report does not attempt to address all of the challenges facing our energy sector, but focuses on the benefits we can achieve through building a more flexible electricity system and the steps that will get us there.
“Our energy sector is changing fundamentally. Two-thirds of our existing power stations are expected to close by 2030 as our coal, nuclear, and oldest gas fired power stations reach the end of their lives. This report makes recommendations to help ensure that our electricity system is fit for the future.
“Three innovations will help us deliver this – interconnection, storage, and demand flexibility – which have the potential to displace part of the need for new generating capacity, to save money for businesses and domestic consumers and help the UK meet its climate reduction targets.”
The Commission’s central finding is that ‘smart power’ – principally built around three innovations, Interconnection, Storage, and Demand Flexibility – could save consumers up to £8 billion a year by 2030, help the UK meet its 2050 carbon targets, and secure the UK’s energy supply for generations.