Developing a low carbon network
Our network has been historically designed on the basis that electricity flows in one direction - from large-scale generation to consumers - and not according to demand.
To benefit our low carbon customers, we are developing innovative new contracts to give financial benefits to customers in certain locations if demand is managed to suit our network.
We can also help deliver carbon reductions in heating and transport through distributing electricity for heat pumps and the recharging of electric vehicles.
‘Smart grid’ technologies enable us to intelligently manage our network and match supply with demand in the best way possible.
Newer low carbon electricity generation, such as wind and solar power, often connects directly to our network rather than to the National Grid transmission network which is where larger-scale generation connects. This means that our network needs to adapt to these changes.
We are continually taking steps to reduce energy usage and encourage our customers to use electricity more efficiently.
Our network will change to help deliver:
- the introduction of significant quantities of local generation
- new patterns of demand
- changing customer expectations
See our Research and Trials pages for further information on how we are preparing for the future.
See Connections to connect electricity demand and generation to our network.
If you wish to discuss an innovative idea you have relating to our development of a low carbon network then please contact
Steve Cox, Head of Future Networks
or Simon Brooke, Low Carbon Projects Manager