Investment impact of the Electricity Networks Commissioner’s recommendations - Guy Newey
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Investment impact of the Electricity Networks Commissioner’s recommendations and of grid connections reform.
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Comment by Guy Newey, Chief Executive Officer at Energy Systems Catapult.
Energy Systems Catapult was invited by His Majesty’s Treasury to carry out expert review of analysis by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) as to the investment impact of:
reforming the grid connection process as proposed by the Department, Ofgem, National Grid ESO, and the Energy Networks Association (ENA); and
implementing the recommendations made by Nick Winser CBE, in his role as Electricity Networks Commissioner (ENC).
The analysis by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero fed into the 2023 Autumn Statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The request reflects the Catapult’s expertise in taking a ‘whole energy system’ perspective to analytical, engineering and policy matters.
Our review found that the analysis by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero followed good practice, and that it is appropriate and reasonable for estimating the scale of investment that could be unlocked through these reforms. At the same time, the analysis highlighted the scale of the infrastructure investment and supporting policy needed to achieve a Net Zero electricity system.
Electricity Networks Commissioner report
The Secretary of State set the Electricity Networks Commissioner (and Energy Systems Catapult chair) Nick Winser the challenge of reducing the timescale for building strategic transmission by three years, and ultimately by half.