The way in which the UK’s power grid is organised and governed must be changed by 2030 to cope with increased demands from heating and transport systems and to cope with the way electricity will be generated, according to a new report.

The former Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) commissioned the Energy Systems Catapult and the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) to setup the Future Power System Architecture (FPSA) project to investigate which reforms are needed.

Simon Harrison, Chair of the FPSA Project Delivery Board and the IET Energy Policy Panel, said: “This project has explored the functional requirements the whole power system will need by 2030 to respond to a likely transformation in customer needs and the way in which electricity supply and demand are balanced, and the potential electrification of much of the energy we deliver as oil and gas fuels.”

The report concluded that 35 new or extended functions will be needed to meet government and power system objectives by 2030, and that the changes represented “commercial, market and technical” challenges.

Report’s recommendations

The report also made six key recommendations:

  • Align power system architecture development with major policy commitments;
  • Create an implementation framework for delivery of the required functionality;
  • Deepen and extend the functional analysis through further refinement of functional requirements;
  • Develop a transition route map to ensure market mechanisms are maximised and government intervention minimised;
  • Extend the evaluation and identification of research, development and innovation requirements;
  • Maintain the momentum developed in the FPSA project by formalising and support cross-industry and inter-agency working.

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