National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) owns and maintains the high-voltage electricity transmission network in England and Wales. We play a vital role in connecting millions of people to the energy they use, safely, reliably and efficiently.
Through transformational engineering, we are helping our country to achieve its green targets, by ensuring our network gives fair access to cleaner sources of energy. The transition to a low-carbon economy is one of the defining issues of the 21st century, and we can’t make a bigger difference in today’s, or tomorrow’s, world than to create a road to net zero.
We are committed to the UK target of net zero by 2050. That’s why NGET is funding the Zero2050 project using the network innovation allowance, which aims to develop plausible, optimised decarbonisation solutions for the whole energy system in South Wales. The outcome of this project will serve as a blueprint for decarbonisation across the nation. While NGET were instrumental in starting this initiative, it is now a project of true partnership.
NGET is funding the three research areas of the Zero2050 program, including demand and generation forecast, a study into reinforcement of the electricity network and optimisation of socio-economic scenarios. An evidence-based approach will be adopted, where possible, to estimate demand changes in respect of heating, transport and industry sectors. NGET will also take the lead on assessing the resulting reinforcement requirements for electricity transmission and distribution networks, considering security, reliability and cost. We will work with other partners to propose different socio-economic scenarios and apply whole-system optimisation to minimise cost for consumers while achieving net zero.
To find out more about how NGET is collaborating on the Zero2050 initiative, click here