National Grid creates key worker “village” in Covid-19 response
Village includes sleep pods for the network’s most indispensable staff
Distributed ReStart project: live trials
In a pre-corona world, Network spoke to Peter Chandler, project lead for the ground-breaking Distributed ReStart project about the challenges it will face as it embarks on live trials this summer
Nemo outperforms in first year
The Nemo Link power cable between UK and Belgium has recorded world leading performance in its first full year of operation.
Lights and heating will stay on after Brexit, National Grid says
National Grid's latest Systems Outlook Report offers reassurance that the domestic gas and electricity networks will have enough supply to meet winter demand even if Dutch and Belgian gas interconnectors were cut off on "day one" of a no deal exit.
Blackout report highlights need for review of security of supply standards
National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has suggested that there should be a review of the security and quality of supply standards (SQSS) to determine whether it is appropriate to provide higher levels of resilience in the UK's electricity system following last month's blackout.
Ofgem sets deadline for power cut report
Energy regulator Ofgem has written to the National Grid Electricity System Operator requesting an "urgent interim report" into last week's major power cut by Friday (16 August).
National Grid CEO responds to power cut criticism
National Grid Group chief executive John Pettigrew says lessons can and must be learnt following Friday's power cut which left thousands of customers without power. Here, he responds to criticism over its role in the incident.
Government launches investigation into major power outage
The government has launched an investigation into the power cut on Friday (9 August) that led to major disruption across the UK's power and transport networks.
Major power cut could have been prevented, expert claims
Friday's (9 August) major power cut was caused by an issue known to National Grid and could have been prevented, according to an expert from energy storage company Anesco.
Networks meet to review major outage
Transmission and distribution leaders have gathered for an initial review of the circumstances which led to a major power outage across large parts of the UK power grid.
UKPN and National Grid carrying out £20m network upgrade
UK Power Networks and National Grid are delivering a £20 million electricity upgrade in Hertfordshire.
National Grid sets out RIIO2 spending plans
National Grid will spend £7.4 billion on electricity transmission over the RIIO2 price control period, according to figures unveiled in its draft business plan which has been submitted to Ofgem's RIIO2 Challenge Group.
UK government commits to 2050 net zero emissions target
Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that the UK has committed to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the UK to almost zero by 2050.
Second World War aircraft discovered by National Grid engineers
A Second World War aircraft has been recovered from the seabed 500m off the Portsmouth coast after being discovered by National Grid engineers.
Ofgem confirms RIIO2 price control methodology
Ofgem has confirmed plans to almost slash in half the returns that energy networks can make.
Investing in the energy decarbonisation transformation benefits consumers
National Grid's head of regulatory finance, Darren Pettifer, says that Ofgem's plans to slash in half the returns that energy networks can earn could put at risk a once in a generation opportunity to transform the energy system, and prevent longer-term benefits to consumers.
Document reveals Labour plan to nationalise energy networks
Plans to put Britain's energy networks back under state ownership have been revealed in a Labour party document.
Batteries installed in 100 homes as part of local energy trial
Centrica Business Solutions has completed the installation of batteries into 100 homes across Cornwall as part of a local energy market trial.
Nexans awarded €35 million underground cables contract
Nexans has been awarded a €35 million contract to supply high voltage underground cables for the Dorset visual impact provision (VIP) project.
Smith Brothers starts work on energy storage site
Work has started on the first of Arlington Energy's energy storage and gas peaking projects - a short term operating reserve (STOR) site - that will provide back-up power generation to National Grid.
Technology & Operations
ESO to run electricity system with zero carbon by 2025
National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has announced that it will be able to fully operate Great Britain's electricity system with zero carbon by 2025.
Murphy awarded substation contract by National Grid
J. Murphy & Sons Limited has been awarded a contract by National Grid worth nearly £24 million to design and build a new electricity substation in Barking, East London.
Former gas storage facility to become LPG terminal
Plans to convert the National Grid liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility at Avonmouth into a new liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage terminal operated by Flogas Britain have been approved.
CLASS project adopted by National Grid
A revolutionary way to reduce electricity demand, developed by Electricity North West, has been adopted by National Grid.
Gas demand volatility linked to renewables
Cornwall Insight analysis shows that gas demand volatility could be linked to the growth of renewables in the power sector.
New board announced for GB Electricity System Operator
The National Grid Electricity System Operator has announced the members of its new board of directors in advance of it beginning to operate as a legally separate business, within the National Grid Group, from 1st April 2019.
Solving the whole-system challenge
At a recent National Grid roundtable discussion held in association with Network entitled 'Solving future system challenges now' attendees examined how a whole-system approach could help solve the myriad of challenges faced by the industry. Tom Grimwood reports.
Nemo Link interconnector enters commercial operation
The Nemo Link interconnector between the UK and Belgium has now entered commercial operation, National Grid has announced.
National Grid awards £300m of contracts on Hinkley Connection project
National Grid has announced the award of £300 million worth of construction contracts as work steps up on the Hinkley Connection project.
Dedicated distributed energy desk setup by National Grid
National Grid's electricity control room has introduced a new 'Distributed Resource' Desk that enables power system engineers to give instructions faster to smaller generators, battery storage operators, and demand side response providers.
Resilience Energy plans to become ‘Uber of electricity industry’
Resilience Energy is aiming to become the "Uber of the electricity industry" by giving customers the hardware, software and contracts they need to produce, store and sell renewable energy, and an app to monitor the system's performance.