At the moment this is like trying to fill a bath from a very slowly dripping tap. A lot would need to happen to turn the tap of public enthusiasm for EVs on, starting with much lower prices. Where is all the extra electricity supply supposed to come from, and who voted for ‘net zero’ anyway?
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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) today publishes new research on the uptake of low carbon technologies (LCTs) required to put the UK on the road to net zero.
Examining the expected changes in SSEN’s two distribution areas in the south of England and north of Scotland, the data reveals electric vehicle ownership will increase from 44,000 to 5m in these two areas alone.
The research, undertaken by sustainable energy experts Regen, provides detailed forecasts of LCT uptake which can inform the investment required to accommodate extensive electrification.
In addition to the changes in transport demand, the data reveals that to be on the road to net zero most gas boilers will have to be replaced by heat pumps, of which SSEN’s regions currently host around 16,600: in a net zero scenario, the local electricity network will need to support nearly 2.5m by 2050.
SSEN is committed to building a cleaner, more resilient economy by supporting a green recovery from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
Low carbon infrastructure and technologies can provide a vital economic boost, creating skilled, sustainable jobs in all UK regions, while improving air quality and public health in the communities we serve.
The data published today highlights both the scale of the challenge, and the opportunity to invest in a green recovery from coronavirus.
via Tallbloke’s Talkshop
June 24, 2020 at 03:51AM