It will involve growth in the installation of small-scale distributed generation like solar PV and batteries, and an increasing uptake of electric vehicles across the network.
We predict our region will be slower than the rest of the country in terms of EV uptake because of our demographics and geography, but we must be ready. At peak times we are already close to capacity, so we’re considering a future scenario where every second household comes home and wants to plug in their cars at the same time.
We’re already starting to see what used to be our peak demand over winter now happening during summer too. This is being caused by the increase in heat pumps and people using them to warm their houses during winter and cool them on hot summer nights.
We have to make sure our assets are ready for these increases in demand.
We’re also getting prepared for large scale industrial load growth to ensure it can support regional economic development.