A welcome report that I hope the government, and in particular the BEIS (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) Ministers and department. This will test their true commitment to a low carbon, modern, resilient energy infrastructure. Doing so of course not only 'keeps the lights on', but keeps consumer bills down, and provides significant investment, jobs and economic benefit to the country. Time for utilities and naysayers to stop shouting 'indeterminacy' when the solutions, and their undoubted benefits exist. It's now about political will and ideology.
Researchers from the UK Energy Research Centre have warned this week that the country needs to build much greater flexibility into its power system if it is to ensure energy security and avoid spiraling electricity costs in the future. In a new updated report reviewing the costs and impacts of adding “intermittent” electricity to the UK electricity grid, researchers from the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) concluded that without increased flexibility built into the country’s electricity system, electricity costs will be much higher than necessary. The report was originally published in 2006, when the authors did not imagine intermittent electricity — variable renewable energy technologies like wind and solar — would reach penetration above 20%.