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ETI publishes industry perspectives on how to deliver efficient networks for a low carbon future energy system

19 September 2016

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George Day
George Day Head of Economic Strategy

We did this project to stimulate wider thinking about how we govern and regulate investment in major new energy networks. These infrastructures have long lives and we need to make the right decisions for a low carbon future.

Much of the current debate is about new electricity infrastructure, but our work on the UK’s low carbon future suggests that we may also need completely new kinds of energy networks, like heat networks, working together with existing networks. So we’d like to see more emphasis on looking at the ‘whole system’ nature of the challenges for how we govern and regulate the billions of pounds of investment in energy network infrastructure needed for the UK’s transition to a low carbon future.

In the next month we will also be publishing a series of insights that explore the practical, logistical and engineering challenges for energy networks raised by the transition to low carbon futures. These point to the need for strategic and timely decision-making based on sound evidence about investments in long-life assets.

The ETI will continue to explore and analyse the UK’s transition to a low carbon future from a whole-system perspective and share its insights, and we welcome further engagement with stakeholders on these issues.