Building Back Faster: Utility connection competition and UK policy priorities for the 2020s

October 2020

Building Back Faster

The UK faces a major transition over the next 30 years. It has committed in law to achieving a net-zero carbon goal by 2050, which will almost certainly lead to major changes in the energy system with electricity demand likely to rise significantly as electric vehicles start to be used in much greater numbers.

There will be a myriad of new developments, as the demand for new homes seems likely to grow, and businesses, hospitals and other users will all be looking to connect quickly and efficiently to the energy system, as well as the communications bandwidth, that will provide them with the lifeblood they need to function.

This paper explains the role that independent utility network providers and adopters are playing in facilitating rapid and innovative development. It is a sector that has been able to develop only slowly due to the dominance of the regional utilities, but by 2020 it has reached a scale where the independent option is both real, popular, and making a tangible difference in pursuit of local ambitions and national policy priorities. 

Client: INA (Independent Networks Association)

Author: Tony Hockley

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