Low carbon, decentralised grid likely to face rising demand

An increasingly complex, decentralised grid with high levels of renewable generation will also have to manage the impact as heating and transport electrify

National Grid projects renewable generation could reach 60% by 2050. Photograph: Michael Rosskothen/123RFA more complex, decentralised power grid dominated by renewable generation with electricity storage will continue to develop up to 2050, but challenges over rising electricity demand from electric vehicles and heating will need to be met.

These are among the stand-out conclusions from National Grid’s updated Future Energy Scenarios report published on 13 July. They explore the implications for the UK’s electricity and gas grids of a range of possible outcomes from low economic growth to high, with varying degrees of environmental commitment.

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