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06 Oct 2010 12:10:05

UK has 'once in generation' chance to improve grid

UK has 'once in generation' chance to improve grid
The UK has a "once in a generation opportunity" to improve its energy transmission network, RenewableUK has claimed.

Energy watchdog Ofgem suggested earlier this week that £200 billion will be needed in the next decade to improve Britain's energy infrastructure.

The body emphasised the need to address the challenges presented by the integration of renewables into the energy mix and the increasing importance of smart grid technology.

Dr Gordon Edge, director of policy for RenewableUK, the trade body for the wind and marine renewables industry, said upgrading the grid is "key" to the UK meeting its renewable energy targets.

"Our electricity grid is over a 100 years old and out of date, having grown to accommodate centralised thermal power generation. However, both the geographical spread and the nature of the technologies is changing," he added.

RenewableUK added that the upgrading of the transmission network will not only help secure supply for the country, but also bring savings to consumers in comparison with the continued generation of power from fossil fuels.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800101334-ADNFCR

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