The GB energy landscape has undergone significant changes in the past decade as decarbonisation and renewable energy targets have driven rapid growth in renewable energy generation and overall reductions in electricity and gas demand. As the electricity network owner in the north of Scotland, our main focus in the last decade has been on delivering the additional capacity and connections required for increased renewable energy generation in an economic and efficient way, while ensuring reliability of supplies for our network users and consumers. We need to be mindful of how the energy system could develop in the future which will influence what network developments are required in the north of Scotland.
To be able to meet customers’ future needs over the next decade and beyond, we must understand which technologies are likely to impact generation and demand profiles. With policy being put in place to drive forward the electrification of heat and transport and developments surrounding hydrogen deployment and the electrification of rail, we will continue to monitor and model potential transmission impacts from these areas. Our previous scenarios looked out to a 2030 time horizon, however with the focus on achieving net zero carbon emissions, we have extended the time horizon from 2030 to 2050 allowing us to model how changes in the energy landscape will impact the transmission network in the longer term.
We will update our scenarios as required, but no more than once a year.