Research and analysis

Smart power: A National Infrastructure Commission Report

The National Infrastructure Commission was asked to consider how the UK can better balance supply and demand.

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Smart power

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Costs and benefits of GB interconnection: A Poyry report to the National Infrastructure Commission

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The National Infrastructure Commission was asked to consider how the UK can better balance supply and demand, aiming towards an electricity market where prices are reflective of costs to the overall system.

The Commission’s central finding is that smart power – principally built around three innovations, interconnection, storage, and demand flexibility – could save consumers up to £8 billion a year by 2030, help the UK meet its 2050 carbon targets, and secure the UK’s energy supply for generations.

The report ‘Smart power’ makes practical recommendations to this end - not new subsidies or substantial public spending - but towards the creation of a level playing field and a better managed network.