National Grid's electricity control room

11 December 2018

Alec Peachey

Channel' Innovation, technology & operations

The external environment is rapidly evolving due to decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitisation. The operation of the national electricity transmission system is therefore becoming more challenging. National Grid use a variety of tools to balance the system, including the balancing mechanism and balancing services. See video below:


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