What we do
Electricity System Operation looks after the real-time operation of the GB Electricity Transmission Network. Critical work, they ensure the bulk transfer of electrical power is controlled to maintain licence standards whilst seeing that access is available to the Transmission Network so that vital maintenance and upgrade programmes can be carried out.
As part of that team you'll get involved in a broad range of activities. Ultimately, you'll take care of all operational aspects of the GB transmission network – whether that's safety, security or cost related. You'll also undertake real-time energy balancing to meet license standards and provide and implement strategies for system events. Equally, you'll develop real-time and offline power system network models, whilst also assessing and review the impact of events on the National Grid electricity network, communicating with all key stakeholders as needed. And you'll be expected to develop future business capabilities and operational processes to meet decarbonisation targets. All in all, you'll play a pivotal role in keeping our lights turned on.
Why it matters
Without this team, we wouldn't be able to manage the flows of electricity from power stations to homes and businesses on a real-time basis. Once electricity is generated and enters our network, it has to 'balance' across the network so that supply matches demand on a second-by-second basis. To make it even more complicated, we face increasing challenges with greater amounts of renewable generation levels and the changing nature of electricity demand. New transmission equipment such as Series Compensation and additional HVDC links are now being added to ensure we can maximise the network capacity and its output of renewable generation to meet decarbonisation targets.
Our challenge is constantly ongoing, 24/7 and 365 days a year to ensure that homes, businesses and industry across Great Britain have the energy they need. With the move to more intermittent generation and interconnection with Europe, each day provides a significantly different scenario to solve. Our engineers are constantly adapting the operation of the power network to ensure energy flows securely and efficiently to where it's needed.