UK electricity grid holds back renewable energyStaff writer ▼ | May 11, 2015
Britain's electricity grid is stopping renewable energy projects connecting to the system, the solar power industry's trade body has warned.
Green energy The Solar Trade Association of UK
Western Power Distribution has closed the grid to new large renewable projects in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset for up to six years. Large parts of eastern and south-east England barely have any capacity, maps from UK Power Networks, the DNO for these regions, show.
Under EU targets, the UK must produce 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. It is about halfway there because the target includes transport and heating, as well as electricity generation.
Leonie Greene, the head of external affairs at the STA, said the grid had lacked investment for many years because of a lack of action by the government and Ofgem, the energy regulator. ■