New modelling shows how sharp falls in the cost of renewable generation mean that Britain should aim for renewables to meet two thirds of electricity needs by 2030, and that this can be delivered at the same overall cost as meeting only half of total demand by that date.
The findings show the UK could make significant progress towards its net zero greenhouse gas emissions target if the rights steps are taken – leading the Commission to update its recommended target for deployment of renewables as part of a low cost low carbon electricity system, from 50 per cent to 65 per cent by 2030.
The full dataset is available to download here.
Note: since publication, minor updates have been made to the text to clarify where the report is referring specifically to UK energy policy as a whole, and where it addresses the mainland electricity system (which does not include Northern Ireland’s separate electricity network, where competency is devolved).
Renewables, recovery, and reaching net zero
The Commission continues to believe that putting Britain on the pathway to a highly renewable electricity system is the best way to deliver low cost, low carbon electricity.