Ofgem, the UK energy regulator,
has published its Decarbonisation Action Plan. The document sets out plans
to grow the renewables market and support development of an offshore grid,
which Ofgem claims will ‘enable a four-fold increase in offshore wind
generation by 2030.’
Deeming the current approach to transmission uneconomical, given the large
expected increase in capacity, Ofgem is targeting a ‘coordinated approach
to offshore networks’, which should make getting generated power to shore
cheaper and easier. To this end, Ofgem has committed to exploring how to
proceed, with government and stakeholders.
The plan also involves building a system to support ten million electric
vehicles on British roads by the end of the decade.
Chief executive Jonathan Brearley said: ‘Britain has come a long way.
It has decarbonised faster than any other major economy, but we must go
further, particularly on heat and transport. We are taking an approach
that recognises that our role protecting consumers includes achieving net
Welcoming the Decarbonisation Action Plan, non-profit RenewableUK’s Head
of Policy and Regulation Rebecca Williams said: ‘the steps set out
today are vital to enable the four-fold growth of offshore wind in this
‘To get the energy sector on track for net zero, we need to ensure that
Ofgem's decisions support rapid decarbonisation and investment in renewables.
The next step forward will be for Ofgem to set out how the grid should
operate to meet net zero emissions, including the way it charges renewables
for access. We look forward to working with Ofgem on this.’
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