National Grid scales back forecasts for storage
National Grid has significantly scaled back its forecasts for the build-up of storage capacity in its latest annual Future Energy Scenarios report.
Gas has ‘important role’ in all foreseeable futures
Gas will continue to play an "important role" in all foreseeable futures for the energy system, according to system operator National Grid.
Rise of EVs could add 18GW to peak demand by 2050
The growth of electric vehicles (EVs) could add up to 18GW - or 30 per cent - to peak power demand by 2050, National Grid has predicted in its latest Future Energy Scenarios report.
UKPN and National Grid in pioneering smart grid scheme
UK Power Networks and National Grid have launched a new active network management scheme to boost grid capacity in the South East of England and simplify the connections process for generators.
Transmission chief ‘sure’ that Moorside will go ahead
The director of the electricity transmission owner at National Grid has said he is "sure" that the Moorside new nuclear plant in Cumbria will go ahead, despite big question marks over financial backing for its construction.
National Grid profits surge
National Grid Group has announced a substantial rise in profits in the year to the end of March.
National Grid hits pause on Moorside connection
Plans to build a 102-mile power line connecting the proposed Moorside nuclear plant in Cumbria to the transmission network have been placed on hold, National Grid has revealed.
Former National Grid chair joins green gas firm
Sir John Parker, the former chair of National Grid, has now been named chairman of Advanced Plasma Power (APP).
Technology & Operations
National Grid signs pan-European balancing agreement
National Grid has signed an agreement with 18 other grid operators around Europe to develop a system to enable the sharing of balancing services across the continent.
Eon starts works on new battery storage project
Eon has begun work to install a new battery storage system at its biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Blackburn Meadows.
Supply deals worth €620m signed for new link with France
Supply deals worth €620 million have been signed for the new IFA2 interconnector which will join the electricity networks of the UK and France.
Letting networks own storage would ‘distort the market’
Networks should not be allowed to own storage assets as doing so would lead to market distortions and inefficiencies, a former Npower boss has warned.
National Grid completes sale of majority stake in gas distribution networks
National Grid has completed the sale of a 61 per cent share in its gas distribution business to a consortium of international investors.
National Grid to be stripped of £277.5m by Ofgem
Ofgem plans to claw back £277.5 million from National Grid Gas Transmission's (NGGT's) RIIO-GT1 allowance.
Policy & Regulation
Ofgem plans for separation of system operator role
Ofgem and government have put forward plans to force National Grid to legally separate its system operator (SO) role from the rest of the group in order to address perceived conflicts of interest.
North-south divide driving transmission investment
National Grid has identified potential network capacity deficits arising from increasing north to south electricity flows in Scotland and England.
National Grid opens pioneering BioSNG plant
National Grid Gas Distribution and technology partners have officially opened a green gas plant in Swindon which will provide 22GWh of energy a year.
Strategy & Management
Pettigrew defends EFR contracts
National Grid chief executive John Pettigrew has defended the contracts recently signed with energy storage providers for Enhanced Frequency Response, in the face of criticism that the contract prices are too low.
Policy & Regulation
Editor’s weekly: EFR winners and losers
The allocation of the first contracts for enhanced frequency response is welcome, but they have not dispelled uncertainty about prospects for energy storage.
National Grid denied request to recoup black start costs
National Grid will be liable to pay £17.7 million towards the cost of a black start contract signed with Drax, after Ofgem denied its request to recover full the amount.
National Grid to lose £185.4m in mid-period spending review
Ofgem has proposed to cut National Grid’s transmission spending allowance for the current price control period by £185.4 million.
Shortage of grid contracts dampening storage market
Oversubscription for National Grid’s Enhanced Frequency Response service will result in uncertainty for a large proportion of battery developers when the first contracts are awarded on 26 August, Smartest Energy has warned.
Strategy & Management
Reducing dependence on the national grid is a must
Peter Rolton says our national grid is no longer fit for purpose and makes the case for localised energy systems.
Editor’s weekly: the next phase for decarbonisation
Whole system thinking about energy is coming into its own as the capacity of the power sector to take us further down the road to decarbonisation runs low.
DSR is the future of balancing, not crisis management
One year has passed since National Grid launched its demand-side response (DSR) campaign, Power Responsive. Marking the anniversary, Network speaks to the company’s director of UK system operator, Cordi O’Hara, about what the campaign has achieved so far and what is still to come.
Negative DSR narrative risks missed opportunities, says O’Hara
A negative public narrative which links demand side response to energy crisis situations needs to change in order to achieve flexibility and decarbonisation in the power system, Utility Week was told by Cordi O’Hara, director of system operation at National Grid.
Virtual energy storage startup get £500,000 seed funding
UK start-up Upside has secured £545,000 from angel investors to expand its enterprise and bring its virtual energy storage proposition to market.
Strategy & Management
National Grid: Creating an ISO will damage investor confidence
National Grid has warned against moving to an independent system operator (ISO), as the necessary market changes will not help investor confidence in the UK energy market.