Disrupting the UK energy system: causes, impacts and policy implications


The resilience of the UK energy system is changing. New technologies, vital to meet decarbonisation objectives, are being introduced at a rapid pace; information technology is changing the way systems operate; and patterns of energy demand are changing.  New risks are also emerging, such as extreme weather caused by climate change, and the possibility of a damaging cyber-attacks.

With our growing dependence on energy, particularly electricity, now more than ever we need to plan and prepare for disruptions. This means increasing the resilience of systems and society: preventing disruptions from occurring, but also containing and recovering from the disruptions which do occur. What happens during the disruption is also important: we need to understand how individuals, communities, businesses, and economies experience the event, how they act, and what measures can be taken to reduce the overall impacts.

This Working Paper reviews the literature on the societal impacts of a lengthy, widespread disruption to energy supply, particularly electricity supply. It summarises existing knowledge and identifies knowledge gaps and an agenda for future research.

Funding source: UK Research and Innovation, Energy Programme
Related subjects: Policy & Socio-Economics
Countries: United Kingdom

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