Distribution future electricity scenarios
The future of energy in the North West has never been so important
New technologies and changing customer requirements are transforming the way that electricity is generated, distributed and consumed; and our networks are becoming smarter and more flexible.
As the North West’s electrical network operator, it’s our responsibility to plan for the future, support the region’s economic development and transition to a net zero carbon future.
In this part of our website, you'll find the current and previous publications of our Distribution Future Electricity Scenarios (DFES) report, which details our view of the North West’s future electricity requirements.
It contains a range of possible views of the future, which indicate how different influences can change electrical demand and generation on our network.
For the first time, this year’s DFES report includes net zero carbon scenarios, which provide an understanding of the steps that must be taken for our region to transition to a net zero carbon future.
Accompanying the report is our DFES workbook, which allows customers to view the raw data associated with the report to gain an understanding of what our forecasts mean for them on a local level.
Inputs to our forecasts
We have been working with other network operators to standardise the way in which forecasts are created and presented. We are committed to this collaboration, and this year’s report incorporates the common GB electricity industry decarbonisation scenario framework which standardises high-level assumptions across the industry, allowing us to support whole system thinking and deliver a consistent approach for our stakeholders.
We also assess local trends using our ‘bottom-up’ methodologies, and incorporate information and opinions gathered from our cycle of engagement with local stakeholders.
If you have any comments or feedback on this year’s DFES report, please contact us.