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Looking to the future

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Looking to the future: Driving the UK’s Green Recovery

The UK government has set clear aspirations for the UK’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic to be a green one. WPD has a vital role to play- making it as easy as possible for customers to connect low carbon technologies to the system and actively encouraging the shift to a lower carbon future. We have plans to bring forward up to £80 million of expenditure to enable vital green investments across our regions

Green Recovery

Through the ENA, GB Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) launched a 6 week call for evidence for sites in each distribution network area where there is expected to be significant green activity. This evidence will be used to identify areas for quick deployment of network investment between 2021 - 2023. The call for evidence was open to all stakeholders (public and private) and technologies that are ready to be delivered and support the net zero transition.

The UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments have ambitious plans to put the nation and local communities at the forefront of delivering a net zero carbon economy. Delivering net zero will mean substituting many of the fossil fuels we use today for clean renewable energy sources, generated from renewable sources such as wind and solar. We are already seeing the transition from petrol and diesel vehicles to those powered by batteries with electricity coming from the grid. Increasingly we are going to see the use of electrically powered heat pumps as one of the key technologies which can replace traditional fossil fuel heating systems, alongside other potential solutions such as green gas.

At the request of Government and Ofgem, the industry has undertaken an assessment for strategic electricity network investment to support a Green Recovery, particularly to identify locations where a lack of local network capacity is restricting development, including the adoption of Low Carbon Technologies.

Evidence will be gathered throughout the six-week call period and used to determine which of the distribution network operator sites (or additional sites that are proposed as suitable) meet the core criteria:

Utilisation
(e.g. how much of the capacity might be used in the near term)

Deliverability
(e.g. how quickly infrastructure and solutions could be completed)

Value for money
(including wider societal benefits that can be achieved).

To find out more about our Green Recovery plans, click here.

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