The UK power grid is expected to achieve zero carbon operation by 2025

2019-04-05

According to a report by the National Grid Power System Operator (ESO), by 2025, as long as there is enough renewable energy to generate electricity on-grid to meet demand, the UK's power grid will be able to “zero carbon emissions safely and reliably”.


The National Grid ESO is an independent company within the National Grid Group of the United Kingdom that relies on a combination of energy sources from different sources to balance the system and ensure that electricity is always present when people need electricity.


In the past decade, the amount of renewable energy that is part of the overall energy mix of the grid has steadily increased. ESO director Fintan Slye said that in 2018, ESO managed many power system records, including the first time in the UK that more than 15 GW of wind power was generated, and there was no coal power supply for 72 hours.


"By 2025, ESO will change the operation of the UK's power system and build innovative systems, products and services to ensure the network is ready to handle 100% zero carbon," Slye added.


“By 2025, the zero-carbon operation of the power system means a fundamental change in the way we design our systems. Integrating newer technologies throughout the system, from large offshore wind power to domestic-scale solar panels, and more and more The demand side is involved, using the new intelligent digital system to manage and control the system in real time,” Slye said. “We believe that promoting competition will ultimately bring better value to consumers. We will launch new products and services that will help Reduce the overall cost of operating systems, thereby reducing the cost of consumers."


The report emphasizes that “as long as there is enough renewable energy to generate electricity, a zero-carbon power system can be established in 2025, which is an important cornerstone for the complete decarbonization of the entire power system.”