UK energy regulator unveils plan to support renewables, electric vehicles

(Reuters, 3 Feb 2020) Ofgem's plan has nine actions focused on ensuring energy networks can deliver net-zero emissions, dealing with increased electricity demand and decarbonising the heat and transport sectors

- Britain's energy market regulator Ofgem laid out a plan on Monday to support the growth of renewable energy and get 10 million electric vehicles (EVs) on the roads by 2030.

Its "decarbonisation action plan" also aims to support the development of an offshore grid to enable a four-fold increase in offshore wind generation in the next 10 years and a fund to encourage investment in solutions to tackle climate change.

"As low-carbon renewable energy grows and more transport goes electric, the energy system needs to be more flexible to respond to peaks and troughs in both supply and demand," Ofgem's new chief executive officer Jonathan Brearley said in a statement.

As pressure to act on climate change mounts, many countries need to tackle how to ensure secure supplies of electricity amid rising proportions of renewable energy on the grid.

Last year, Britain was the first major economy to legislate a net zero greenhouse gas emissions target for 2050.

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Reuters, 3 Feb 2020: UK energy regulator unveils plan to support renewables, electric vehicles