RenewableUK has supported the latest UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) report on the benefits of a flexible power system.
The UKERC proposes the government should invest in a modern, clean, flexible power system, utilising renewable energy in a mainstream role. The report also highlights costs and impacts of adding intermittent electricity, such as wind and solar, into the system.
According to the report, the government must build flexibility into the power system if it is to ensure energy security and avoid increasing costs.
RenewableUK's executive director Emma Pinchbeck said: “This report is very welcome because it shows that building a modern, flexible, low-carbon energy system brings real benefits to consumers. It says costs are dramatically lower for flexible systems. So it makes perfect economic sense to rely on renewables to generate power.
“This is a green light to the government to drive their work to replace outdated, clapped-out infrastructure with smart clean technology to meet our country’s energy needs.”
The UKERC found that without changes to flexibility, costs will be much higher than they need to be. The report's lead author Dr Phil Heptonstall said: “The findings reveal that the costs of intermittency lie within a wide potential range, and that it is no longer possible to estimate system costs simplistically, for example by adding up the cost estimates for individual categories of impact together.”