Capacity and carbon challenges
Over the next 25 years the population of the North West is expected to grow by 10%. We also face the challenge of making the transition to a low carbon future. To meet government carbon reduction targets we all need to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels like gas and petrol and change to renewable sources such as wind and solar power. This means that as a country the demand for electricity could double by 2050 which will have a significant impact on our network.
One of the biggest challenges the electricity network will face in a low carbon future is powering thousands of electric cars for the region’s commuters.
Although an electric car is quiet and does not produce any exhaust emissions, it needs re-charging regularly. An 80-mile drive uses about the same amount of electricity that a small house uses in one day.
The changes you will need to make in the way you manage energy in the future will have a huge impact on the electricity network:
- Your reliance on fossil fuels to power your business will change to renewable sources
- You may install solar cells to reduce your energy bill and your carbon footprint
- You may want to sell any unused power from your solar panels back to the Grid
- You will need a charging point to charge you electric car
- Business customers will need to have charging points for company vehicles in car parks, and for cars belonging to employees and customers