Tackling climate change is the biggest challenge facing our generation and the transition to clean energy is critical to help us achieve the goal of reaching net zero by 2050. As National Grid is responsible for delivering energy to millions of homes and businesses in the UK, we have a big part to play in this.
The North Sea is the engine room of the UK’s green and resilient future economy, leading the world in offshore wind technology.
In order to migrate to a cleaner energy system, we need to connect increasing amounts of renewable energy from the North Sea and the UK’s East Coast to the national electricity grid.
The existing electricity network was designed to connect and transport energy from coal, nuclear and gas power stations. With 60% of all offshore wind developments looking to bring their energy on shore around the East Coast, we need to transform the network for a different low carbon future.
The infrastructure associated with offshore wind enables all communities - villages and cities - to tackle climate change at a local level. The rollout of electric vehicle charging stations and reducing carbon emissions from home heating are just two of the changes to green energy that will be supported by offshore wind.
We will work with developers, suppliers, environmental groups and local communities to find the best local and environmental solutions to enable us to deliver increasing offshore energy to the UK population.
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Wind power is an endlessly renewable source of energy, and creates no greenhouse gas emissions, making it an important part of our journey to net zero. The windiest part of the UK is offshore, out at sea, so putting windfarms out there is the perfect source of renewable energy for us. Find out more about the advances being made in offshore energy and how we'll be using it to generate much more clean energy for a net zero future.Watch our video