A surge in growth in Electric Vehicles (EV’s) in Britain, more in line with the EU, could potentially shut down the National Grid by 2040, according to SaveMoneyCutCarbon
“The spike in demand from EVs could very well cause blackouts in certain areas of the UK, with there not being enough power generated, or particularly if the technology generating that power had not been upgraded,” according to sustainability savings expert, Mark Sait, CEO and Co-founder of SaveMoneyCutCarbon.
Sait previously founded iBAHN, which pioneered making broadband access easy for hotels guests with this business growing to £100 million turnover. The Co-founder and Chairman of SMCC is Charlie Farr other backers include Joel Cadbury and Lord Robin Russell.
A report from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (EAMA) shows that the sale of hybrid and full electric vehicles in Britain in the first quarter of 2019 increased by a modest 2.9% in the last year, this compared to the EU average of 40%.
“EV penetration in the UK is just at the starting blocks. A rapid upsurge in hybrid and full electric vehicles could create real concerns.”
The National Grid have reported that an additional 20% more energy capacity would be required by 2050 – without factoring in a significant rise in potential EV penetration in the UK.
According to The National Grid, the UK’s energy system could push electricity demand from 348TWh per year today to 491TWh per year in 2050 – significantly above the 422TWh a year the National Grid believes will be needed under a 2C warming trajectory. Peak demand would spike at 115GW in 2050, almost twice today’s level.
As well as energy- and water-saving products and solutions, SaveMoneyCutCarbon offer EV chargers and cables to its customers who need help in being more sustainable.
As Mark Sait says: “As more and more EVs are plugged into the grid, the demand in electricity will constantly rise. Take a 600-room hotel with 500 parking spaces for example – what happens when 500 of those spaces have a Tesla plugged in? Will customers have to dine in the dark?”
SaveMoneyCutCarbon provide sustainable solutions to hotels such as Radisson Hotel Group, many schools including Eton & Harrow “We have now completed over 1,000 projects across Britain where our clients are making significant savings on their energy bills.
One school, for example, is saving £9,000 a year on their energy bill after installing LED lighting.” We share these saving stories through our website so others can learn about their untapped savings in their building and then buy the same proven products to install themselves or have our UK wide teams install for them. Their timely strapline is ‘Act Now’.
“Acting Now will reduce your energy used so it can be redirected to more sustainable usage like EV reducing the pressure on the National Grid as EV’s suck capacity from the National Grid”.
“The cost to improve the nation’s electrical grid to cope with such high demand is significant.”
The National Grid is Britain’s transmission system for electricity. In order to get from power stations to homes and businesses, electricity passes through the grid’s pylons and cables.
Back in the 1970s, power cuts were a regular occurrence in the UK. The 1972 UK miners’ strike, for instance, was a major strike involving a dispute between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Conservative Edward Heath government overpay. It began on 9 January 1972 and ended on 28 February 1972, when the miners returned to work. Power shortages emerged, and a state of emergency was declared on 9 February, after the weather had turned cold unexpectedly and voltage had been reduced across the entire national grid.
“To cope with this increased demand, a reduction in usage is needed,” says Sait. “This change could come from more efficient LED lighting, smart energy management and better education on avoiding bad energy habits.”
“Businesses should ACT NOW to reduce their energy, water & carbon,” he says.
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