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National Grid’s Future Energy Scenarios highlight case for investment in renewables

27 July 2020  
Posted by: Rob Norris
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Commenting on the publication today of National Grid’s Future Energy Scenarios, RenewableUK’s Director of Future Electricity Systems Barnaby Wharton said:

“This report shows just how radically our energy system is set to change in the decades ahead. Renewable energy is taking us further and faster towards net zero emissions than anyone expected. But as this report notes, significant investment in low carbon electricity generation will be needed to make sure we get there.  

“Accelerating the deployment of innovative technology is vital. National Grid is right to highlight the urgent need for Ministers to support the development of large-scale renewable hydrogen projects within this decade. Green hydrogen generated using electricity from offshore wind farms is set to be a game-changer for the energy sector, especially in decarbonising transport by providing fuel for shipping and HGVs, where emissions have remained stubbornly high, while also providing more flexibility in a high renewables system.”

“We also need to move fast to annual auctions for Contracts for Difference in order to deploy the levels of wind and solar set out in this report to generate clean power for EVs and meet our net zero goal”.

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For further information, please contact:

·              Luke Clark, Head of External Affairs 07875 704 032  Luke.Clark@RenewableUK.com

·              Robert Norris, Head of Communications 07969 229 913 Robert.Norris@RenewableUK.com


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