Green Recovery

Find out how we're addressing climate change and supporting a green economy. 

Overview 

Our Green Recovery programme is an unprecedented opportunity to support the green economy and address climate change by kickstarting shovel-ready green energy infrastructure projects. We will do this by making strategic investments in the electricity network to create new capacity that will significantly reduce the cost of connecting green infrastructure projects. On this page you will find everything you need to apply to the programme. We’ll also be hosting a series of digital events to help you through the bidding process.

What is the purpose of Green Recovery?

We are inviting bids from shovel-ready low carbon energy projects that require a high or low voltage electricity connection in the next two years.

The only way for the UK to reach its legally-binding commitment to Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050 is by decarbonising transport, how we heat our homes and businesses and how we generate electricity.

The aim of this project is to deliver electricity distribution infrastructure and solutions in places where that will lead to rapid, material development and stimulate economic recovery.

In our three licence areas alone there are already more than 130,000 electric vehicles, a figure projected to rise to more than 4.5m by the end of the decade.

At the same time we are increasingly seeing the use of electrically powered heat pumps as one of the key technologies which can replace traditional fossil fuel heating systems, alongside other potential solutions such as green gas.

The UK Government's Ten Point Plan

The recent publication of the UK Government’s Energy White Paper and the Ten Point Plan for a green industrial revolution, demonstrates there is a need for the Government to see rapid and tangible progress in the roll out of both electric vehicles and the installation of heat pumps in homes to replace current carbon fuelled systems.

At the request of the Government and energy regulator Ofgem, the industry has undertaken an assessment for strategic electricity network investment to support a Green Recovery. We are working with our industry to identify locations where a lack of local network capacity is restricting development that will facilitate more people adopting low carbon technologies.

Successful bidders could include rapid electric vehicle charging stations in local communities, energy generators looking to connect more renewable energy to the electricity network, local heat networks or community energy projects.

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Which projects will be selected?

To be successful, projects will need to demonstrate how they meet both the Government’s Net Zero objective and the Ten Point Green Recovery Plan. They will also be assessed to understand their contribution towards improving air quality, creating jobs and alleviating fuel poverty in local communities. The scheme will focus on funded projects that can be delivered in 2021 or 2022 to make sure it has an immediate impact. 

To support this work we are exploring a range of innovative solutions, including a new compact substation design to enable new connections to be delivered faster at a lower cost. Our aspiration is that this new solution can be delivered by any authorised body.

The Call for Evidence is open from the 8th February to the 19th March 2021. 

To apply, simply download and complete our Call for Evidence application form and send it back to us at Green.Recovery@ukpowernetworks.co.uk.

To learn more about the process please have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions further down our web page or join us at one of our webinars, details can be found below. 

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FAQs complied by the Energy Networks Association (ENA)