Electricity Industry - UK - November 2016
“A key focus for DNOs is the development and roll-out of innovative smart grid technologies to support the growing clean energy capacity coming onto the grid. New challenges for operators of the UK’s regional electricity networks have already started to arise from shifts in the way electricity is produced to include more renewable electricity (mainly onshore wind and solar PV) directly connected at the regional network level, known as distributed generation (DG).
Indeed, the last five years have seen a surge in the volume of DG connections, which has put significant pressure on the distribution network and posed challenges for DNOs to provide timely connection services to DG customers. The anticipated greater use of electric vehicles and heat pumps, and an increase in microgeneration and other carbon-reducing measures, will also radically change consumption patterns and bring continued new demands on networks.”
Claudia Preedy - B2B Analyst
This report answers the following questions:
- Will the UK's decision to leave the EU affect the country's renewable energy generation and decarbonisation targets?
- What are the key drivers for network investment by electricity distribution network operators (DNOs) over the coming years?
- What opportunities do smart meters offer for energy suppliers?
- How does Ofgem intend to encourage competition for the installation of new connection assets?
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