The intermittent nature of renewables like solar and wind power means that energy can be produced when it is not needed, such as during extended periods of high wind. However, as new technologies, like the proposed Compressed Air Energy Storage one, are developed, this energy can be stored for longer, helping manage electricity generation variations and increasing resilience, while also maximising value for money. Therefore, driving forward energy storage technologies like this will be vital in our transition towards cheap, clean and secure renewable energy. It will allow to extract the full benefit from home-grown renewable energy sources, drive down costs and end UK’s reliance on volatile and expensive fossil fuels.
This will not only help reduce the nation’s dependence on expensive fossil fuels, but will also provide cheaper energy to consumers, and will mean more of the UK’s energy is produced domestically. The green energy transition will therefore involve ensuring the UK’s electricity infrastructure can cope with greater shares of renewables, while meeting power demands securely.