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Electricity Generation

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 68982, tabled on 3 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the additional capacity needs for UK electricity in (a) 2025 and (b) 2030, as a result of plans to increase electrical heating and vehicles substantially and to grow the economy.

Answered on

10 November 2021

The Government works closely with National Grid Electricity System Operator (NG:ESO) to ensure there is adequate capacity available to meet peak demand in a range of scenarios, now and in the future.

Each year NG:ESO evaluate how much capacity will be necessary to meet demand in the years ahead and utilise this assessment to determine targets for the annual Capacity Market auctions.

Auctions held to date have secured the majority of Great Britain’s capacity needs out to 2024/25.  A further two Capacity Market auctions will take place later this winter which will secure electricity supply out to 2025/26.