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April 16, 2024

Energy network regulators need to be dynamic to manage net zero challenges

A fast-charging point in Quebec, Canada. Net zero will require massive global investments in energy networks  so they are prepared to accommodate a surge in power consumption from electric vehicles, among other things (Photo: Graham Hughes/Bloomberg)
A fast-charging point in Quebec, Canada. Net zero will require massive global investments in energy networks so they are prepared to accommodate a surge in power consumption from electric vehicles, among other things (Photo: Graham Hughes/Bloomberg)

Michael Pollitt is academic director for energy at the Centre on Regulation in Europe and a professor of business economics at the University of Cambridge, Daniel Duma is a research fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute and at Cerre, and Andrei Covatariu is a research fellow at Cerre

Network regulators must be adaptive and responsive to manage increased uncertainty from the net zero transition and attract investment, while avoiding the overbuilding of networks

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