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How to solve the UK's power grid problem

The UK plans for its National Grid to be entirely run on renewable energy by 2035 but a huge connection backlog means that many clean energy projects must wait for over a decade to be connected.

There are around 400 gigawatts worth of power projects currently queuing to be connected to the UK’s power grids and many face a wait of 10-15 years. Amongst these it is understood that many are speculative applications, but there remains a great many viable clean energy projects in a holding pattern and unable to provide Britain with the clean energy to reach its commitment to Net Zero by 2050 targets. 

How is this impacting green investment? How does it threaten UK’s progress towards its climate targets? And what can be done to speed up Britain’s green transition? 

To discuss this complex issue are the following expert panel: 

  • Emma Pinchbeck—Chief Executive of Energy UK (the trade association for the UK energy industry); previously Deputy CEO of Renewable UK and former Head of Climate Change at WWF-UK.
  • Greg Jackson—Founder and Chief Executive Office, Octopus Energy
  • Nick Winser CBE FREng—Chair of Energy Systems Catapult and the UK Government’s first Electricity Networks Commissioner.
  • Samira Ahmed (Chair)—Award-winning journalist and broadcaster, presenter of Radio 4's Front Row and BBC1's Newswatch.

Further speakers to be announced.


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