To enable this, we have to transport the renewable energy from where it’s generated to where it’s needed – and at the moment, there isn’t enough capacity in our network to do this. We urgently need to upgrade our electricity network, which was first built in the 1960s. Time has moved on, and so must we.
By connecting all of the offshore wind projects that are currently planned, we will have an additional 30GW of offshore wind energy on our network by the end of the decade. This could be used to charge up to 6 million cars, helping build a country powered by green energy, and reducing the UK’s impact on climate change.
But, to do this we need a network of cables, pylons and substations on land to move the energy from where its generated to where it’s needed – our homes, businesses, and communities. The existing infrastructure simply doesn't have the capacity to transport the volume of energy that will be generated offshore.
If we do nothing, our environment will suffer. Research suggests that one in six wildlife species face extinction as a result of climate change. This includes many of the UK’s most common and best loved species like bees, puffins and salmon. If sea levels rise, coastal areas will be impacted by erosion and flooding. If we can’t meet our ever-increasing need for power with renewable and low carbon energy, our reliance on fossil fuels won’t reduce.
If we act now, by connecting more low carbon and renewable energy, we can help to reduce the UK’s impact on climate change.