The new chief executive of Britain’s energy regulatory Ofgem, Jonathan Brearley, has launched a wide-ranging Decarbonisation Action Plan that aims to make the energy system more flexible
“Britain has come a long way. It has decarbonised faster than any other major economy, but we must go further,” said Mr Brearley. “We are taking an approach that recognises our role protecting consumers includes achieving net zero.
“As low-carbon renewable energy grows and more transport goes electric, the energy system needs to be more flexible to respond to peaks and troughs in both supply and demand.
“It is vital that the energy industry rises to the challenge and demonstrates how it will work with the government and Ofgem to decarbonise Britain’s energy system at lowest cost.”
The plan sets out nine actions, among them bolstering the UK’s offshore wind sector, exploring with the government and stakeholders how offshore networks could best enable the rapid growth of offshore wind power.
“A more co-ordinated approach will make it easier and cheaper for the electricity that offshore wind generates to reach consumers,” Ofgem said.