ESO Future Energy Scenarios

Future Energy Scenarios (FES) represent a range of different, credible ways to decarbonise our energy system as we strive towards the 2050 target.

We’re just 30 years away from the net zero deadline, which isn’t long when you consider investment cycles for gas networks, electricity transmission lines and domestic heating systems.

FES has an important role to play in stimulating debate and helping to shape the energy system of the future.

Discover FES 2021

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FES 2022 Call for Evidence

Provide your insight, evidence and research for FES 2022.

Participate in FES 2022
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Future of Energy podcast series

Our new podcast series explores key themes from Future Energy Scenarios 2021, assessing the energy Britain needs, examining where it could come from, how it needs to change and what this means for consumers, society and the energy system itself. 

Our latest Future of Energy podcast looks at the future of heat. Generating heat currently produces about a third of all UK emissions. Decarbonising the heating sector is a really important step in reaching the UK's 2050 net-zero target. In this episode Samantha Simmonds talks with ESO Customer and Stakeholders Senior Manager Emily Leadbetter and Energy Analysis Manager, Lauren Stuchfield to learn more about how we'll heat our homes and businesses in the future.

Listen and subscribe

You can hear the podcast series on Spotify or Apple.

FES 2021 launch – watch it all now

We hosted a range of virtual events during week 12 July to share the Key Messages and insight from our 2021 analysis. The videos and presentations are all now available through the streaming platform under the ‘resource’ and ‘replay’ tab.

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Analysing the cost of each scenario

View the webinar we held in November 2020 to share the outputs from the FES 2020 costing project.

Download the FES costings

More from FES

Everything you need to know about this year’s FES and how you can get involved.

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Thought Pieces

View our recent Thought Pieces written by our team of Insight Leads exploring a range of subjects in greater depth.

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FES 2021 documents

All the FES documents for 2021 and previous years.

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How to contribute

We’d love to hear from you. Find out how and when you can get involved and details of our forthcoming events..

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How we develop the scenarios

Read our framework and learn more about how we get to the Future Energy Scenarios.

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Bridging the gap to Net zero

A closer look at the steps needed to achieve Net Zero by 2050.

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Connect with FES

Get in touch by email and follow us on social media.

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We're aiming for electricity to be zero-carbon by 2025, watch the videos and find out what zero carbon means and why it's so important for the energy industry.

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Introducing Bridging the Gap 2020: Peaks and Troughs

Last year the ESO built on the success of our Future Energy Scenarios by launching FES Bridging the Gap to net zero. The report gives a collaborative view from across and outside the energy industry, focused on going beyond FES to recommend actions.

ETYS 2020

Read our Electricity Ten Year Statement 2020 (ETYS) online, which shows the needs of the network over the next ten years and find out how you can get involved.

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Introducing our Carbon Intensity app

Our Energy Intelligence Manager James Kelloway introduces our Carbon Intensity app, a free tool to empower you to make more conscious decisions about when to use electricity.