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Wales to create the UK’s first integrated energy grid

The Welsh Government will work with network operators to create the UK’s first integrated energy grid for net-zero. 

The Welsh Government has committed to net zero emissions by 2050. However, achieving this will require the rapid transformation of the energy systems to enable the decarbonisation of homes, transport and industry. 

To achieve this transformation, the government has announced plans to work closely with Wales’ existing electricity and gas network operators to make sure their networks can support the energy systems’ transformation. 

The government is leading the development of a strategic plan for the future energy grid. This work will gather and assess evidence, consider scenarios and advise on short-term low regret actions that can be taken immediately. 

Julie James, Minister for Climate Change

Minister for Climate Change, Julie James said: ‘I am delighted to announce that all the energy network operators in Wales, and Ofgem, have agreed to work with us to develop what we believe is the UK first – an integrated, long-term plan for gas and electricity networks in Wales.

‘Developing and delivering infrastructure plans is a long-term process. However, the climate emergency means we must move as quickly as possible. We need to get this right, as it will be a once-in-a-century change to our infrastructure. We will of course need to involve all sectors in this work, and I am committed to doing this as the work develops.’

Sean Sullivan, South Wales network services manager for Western Power Distribution, added: ‘We are delighted that the Welsh Government is taking proactive steps to make net-zero a reality in Wales.

‘We have already made great strides in ensuring that the electricity network is smarter, greener and capable of supporting a low carbon future, with increasing amounts of renewable energy and low carbon technologies such as electric vehicle chargers being connected to our network. We look forward to working together to ensure we prepare our network to match the government’s ambitions.’

In related news, Wales now has a credible plan to reach net-zero, says the Climate Change Committee (CCC).

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