National Grid ESO issued its Future Energy Scenarios report on Thursday 11 July, setting out credible pathways and scenarios for the future of energy. Whilst net zero by 2050 is achievable, the report highlights that it requires immediate action and the need for greater coordination across the whole energy system, with digitisation and data becoming a critical enabler. Developed following feedback from more than 600 experts, the analysis predicts 35mn EVs to on the road by 2050, which can be used to store roughly one fifth of GB’s solar generation. It also discusses the impact of wind and solar generation as coal plants close, where homes will also need to use less heating, where up to 7mn heat pumps will need to be installed by 2050 to guarantee flexibility.

National Grid – FES