Government must do more to develop infrastructure to support renewable energy sources

Date published: 09 June 2022


Editor,

It’s been revealed that last year, consumers paid record amounts in their energy bills to help constrain outputs from renewable energy sources.

This means bill payers – who have paid extra to subsidise the building of renewable power sources – will now have to pay extra to turn them off.

For many years, we’ve known that the transmission networks would struggle to cope with the rapid growth of renewable energy generation.

Despite green pledges, governments have done little to develop the infrastructure needed to support these intermittent energy sources.

However, we are not without solutions. Grid-scale battery storage can alleviate capacity challenges and allow more green energy to be transported down existing infrastructure, without needing to switch off renewable power.

These batteries are ready and waiting to be deployed more widely and have the potential to save consumers billions of pounds.

As we push towards net zero whilst grappling with the cost-of-living crisis, we’re encouraging National Grid ESO and Ofgem to move faster to adopt large scale batteries, to save consumers money and ultimately help the country transition to a clean energy system.

Batteries will play a vital role in the development of a flexible and efficient electricity network that is fit for the future.

James Basden 

Co-Founder / Director of Zenobē

Charles II Street

London

The views expressed are those of the author of the letter and not those of Oldham Chronicle.


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