The amount of energy directly connected to the local power grid in the North of England has quadrupled over the last 10 years, according to Northern Powergrid.
On 24 October, it revealed that since 2009, the amount of wind, solar and other power sources directly connected to its network had grown from 1GW to over 4GW. It noted how this equates to more than the capacity planned for Hinkley Point C (3.3GW) and four times that of the world’s largest offshore windfarm, Hornsea One (1.2GW).
It released the figures alongside a call to government and Ofgem to provide greater clarity on the functions of the distribution system operation that it is set to license network operators to deliver. It explained that despite progress made by the energy industry and policymakers, the regulatory framework to enable distribution network operators to realise their potential as local system operators remained unclear.
Patrick Erwin, Policy and Markets Director of Northern Powergrid, said: “We’re already adapting our network to enable a safe, reliable and affordable carbon-free energy system for our eight million customers. What we need is industry-wide clarity on the future role of our energy networks to help achieve net zero emissions before 2050; that would allow us to act at pace and the confidence to invest.”