What we do
The energy challenges of decarbonisation, maintaining secure energy supplies and making these affordable for our customers and consumers are of great concern to us. Network Capability Electricity is key to working out how the Great Britain electricity transmission network needs to be developed and operated to meet these issues.
That’s why we have talented teams of power systems engineers who are taking care of our electricity transmission activities. Typical work includes; working out where transmission network capability needs to be increased; assessing options to increase transmission network capacity; evaluating interconnection requirements with other networks; working out how policies and codes need to be developed with transmission system users; evaluating new generation and demand side services and planning how new work on the transmission system should be carried out so the network remains secure. In fact, our power systems engineers get involved with anything and everything that will help to develop our transmission network so that it is both reliable and cost effective to operate for years to come.
Why it matters
If Network Capability Electricity wasn’t constantly thinking about the future, National Grid’s electricity transmission network simply would not be good enough to meet the energy challenges we face. By evolving, advancing and improving our systems, we’re able to provide a transmission network for the future we can be proud of.
Energy supply in Great Britain, and more widely, is developing rapidly - presenting new challenges to the development and operation of the electricity transmission network. The creation of offshore generation and offshore transmission networks, increasing levels of interconnection with other networks to facilitate wider energy markets, growing levels of distributed generation and more active demand side resources are all part of that.