The rise of distributed power generation could cause gridlock on grids without further upgrades

The global energy transition is driving a massive increase in renewable energy capacity delivered at unprecedented speed, yet the effort will be wasted without an equally dramatic increase in electricity capacity.

Net zero will require power grids to form the backbone of the future energy system and supply half of all energy consumption by 2050 through the electrification of sectors from transport to industrial manufacturing.

Yet, few realise that existing networks are already leaking massive amounts of power and running significantly below capacity, imposing needless constraints on renewable generation and impeding the energy transition.”

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