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IDRIC Policy Team
Access to adequate electricity grid infrastructure currently represents a major constraint on UK Net Zero efforts. While the prevailing discussion to date has focused on delays to connecting large scale renewable projects, it is crucial to recognise the impact of grid connection issues on the demand side, where new or upgraded grid connections are required to enable industrial users to deploy a range of technologies critical for reducing fossil fuel use, and therefore greenhouse gas emissions, in industrial and manufacturing sectors.
IDRIC is currently gathering evidence on experiences of grid constraints among industrial users, and the implications for their decarbonisation plans. This briefing presents preliminary findings from the first 26 responses to an ongoing survey of industrial energy users.