According to the clean tech company Enertechnos, the UK’s grid infrastructure is incapable of meeting the numerous challenges that the country is currently facing, particularly as it transitions away from traditional fossil fuels, such as natural gas.
Based on government data, losses through these inefficient cables in 2019 amounted to 26,412GWh in the UK, which is equivalent to the energy required to power approximately seven million homes for a year or charge 6.8 million electric vehicles.
It is estimated that losses in the energy system cost the UK around £1.5 billion in 2019 alone.
At present these costs are burdened on the consumers through their energy bills, which are already increasing given the current cost of living crisis.
Experts expect that over the next decade, there will be a substantial surge in electricity demand, primarily driven by the escalating adoption of electric-powered transportation and heating systems.
They warn that the UK’s electricity grid must expand its capacity to fulfil these demands, particularly in terms of effectively transmitting offshore wind energy onto the mainland.