January 8, 2024


Media Alert : Scottish Power Poised to Waste £5 Billion on Upgrading Archaic Infrastructure, Missing Opportunity for Microgrid Investment 

For Release 

18th Jan, 2024, United Kingdom 




An evidence session tomorrow, Weds 17th Jan, before the Net Zero Commons Committee, titled ‘A Flexible Grid for the Future’, is poised to bring to light critical decisions impacting the future of the UK’s energy infrastructure. 

In evidence to the committee, Nick Rosen, a prominent off-grid expert, author, and documentary filmmaker, has raised significant concerns about the current direction of energy investments in the UK, along with the plan by Scottish Power to invest £5 Billion in upgrading existing infrastructure. 


Key Points: 

  • Committee Meeting: The Commons Committee ‘A Flexible Grid for the Future’ is set to convene this Wednesday at 10 am to quiz the head of Scottish Power on the renewal and expansion of the UK’s energy grid. 
  • Costly Energy Loss: As highlighted by Nick Rosen in his evidence to the committee, the UK is already incurring approximately £2 billion annually in energy losses. This staggering figure underlines inefficiencies in the current grid system. 
  • Scottish Power’s Plan: Ahead of this crucial meeting, Scottish Power has announced plans to invest a colossal £5 billion in upgrading outdated cable systems, a move that Rosen criticises as short-sighted. 
  • Pylon Controversy: Amidst these developments, there has been a noticeable absence of discussion regarding the build-out of more pylons.

The budget is almost £2b for Scotland alone and is considered by many as a blight on the countryside. 

  • Missed Opportunity for Microgrids: Rosen emphasizes that this scenario represents a squandered chance to pivot towards a more sustainable and future-proof approach. By focusing on localized microgrids, the UK could avoid the pitfalls of upgrading an archaic system and recover the billions lost due to energy inefficiencies. 

Nick Rosen, known for his extensive work and publications on off-grid living and sustainable energy solutions, has submitted his evidence to the Commons Committee. He stresses the urgency for a paradigm shift in how we perceive and invest in our energy infrastructure. 


Availability for Comment and Interviews: 

Nick Rosen is available for comments or interviews to discuss this pressing issue further. His expertise and insight into sustainable energy solutions, particularly in the realm of microgrids, could provide valuable perspectives in the wake of the upcoming committee meeting. 


Contact Information: 


07971 543703 


About Nick Rosen: 

Nick Rosen is an acclaimed off-grid expert, author, and documentary filmmaker. His work focuses on promoting sustainable living and energy independence, as reflected in his widely read books and documentaries on off-grid living. 


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