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Network Capability Electricity

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.  

Why energy

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.

 

What we've achieved

What we've achieved

As the challenges we face are new, it follows that the Network Capability Electricity team is as well. Examples of its work are publications such as the Electricity Ten Year Statement and the System Operability Framework. It also contributes to policy development and code development in the UK (the Grid Code) and Europe (European Network Codes). 

We’re also proud to have identified and taken forward many major transmission projects, including the innovative use of HVDC links and series compensation on the GB transmission network. We work with partners across the energy industry to develop innovative new ideas and services for the transmission network.

what's it like?

hear from our employees

Liena, Senior Power System Engineer

I joined National Grid three years ago and during this time I have been involved with a wide variety of work – from very complex power system studies to project management and new framework development. There is a strong focus on personal development in terms of technical skills and knowledge and interpersonal skills in all areas of the business. This means you get a great deal of responsibility and necessary support very early on in your role, making it both challenging and rewarding.

Nikola, Senior Power System Engineer

I joined as a power system engineer in 2012  after I finished my PhD in renewable energy. The best thing about National Grid is the fact the company will listen carefully to your personal development plans and will shape your work accordingly. This is a unique opportunity taking into account the size of National Grid and its position in the energy sector in GB. There are endless job roles from deeply specialised engineering and analyst positions to non-technical roles involving extensive customer and stakeholder management. Depending on your needs the company is keen to provide various internal and external training opportunities.

Aggie Gwozdz, Power System Engineer

I joined National Grid six years ago as an Administration Assistant in the Gas Distribution business. With a degree in Politics the idea of becoming an Electrical Power System Engineer didn't cross my mind. I moved around before I took a Data Analyst role within the Generator Compliance Team in 2011. On the first day in my new role I knew Engineering was my dream job. National Grid has supported me through excellent on-the-job-training and encouraged me to obtain a Science degree. I have never looked back and received great support from world-leading experts. I am now looking forward to starting the National Grid MSC degree. This is on top of moving into a new house and bringing up a young family!

Jason, Power System Engineer

It's been 3½ years since I joined National Grid through their Graduate Development Programme. Since then I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of different business areas however, with a Masters in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, I was drawn to the Power System Engineer role. As a Power Systems Engineer, I have assessed the transmission network from a holistic view – anticipating how it will withstand the vast changes and challenges we face. The changing energy scenarios continue to unearth new questions which aid my personal development and encourage me to deepen my understanding of electrical engineering.  What's more you are also entitled to a wide range of benefits that range from becoming a shareholder in the company to free physiotherapy sessions!

Shaham Kazemi, Power System Engineer

I joined as a Power Systems Engineer in September 2013. Before this I was with consulting companies and research institutes for about 10 years. We expect many challenges and opportunities regarding planning and operating of the GB electricity transmission network as result of government decarbonisation and renewable energy policies. It's a fantastic opportunity for me to use my knowledge and expertise to support company ambition to facilitate electricity markets and integration of renewable energy resources.

Sade Onajobi, Power System Engineer

I joined National Grid with a Computer Science background, but had an opportunity to change careers as a Power Systems Engineer. In this time I enrolled on the Master's degree in Electrical Power Systems Engineering on a part-time basis. Now a Chartered Engineer, I work in the Scottish Network Planning Team and I have gained experience of relating with Transmission Owners, Generators and other parts of the business. I sit on an industry working group and also contribute to improving stakeholder relationships. I have also worked as a Compliance Engineer which gave me the opportunity to visit several power stations and exposure to the workings of power system plant and apparatus. The opportunities I have had by working with National Grid are vast with good support for my development.

what we're looking for

and our assessment process

What we're looking for

Whether you’re an experienced power system engineer or someone with less experience who’s passionate about what we do, here’s what we’re looking for. Ideally, you’ll have an Electrical Engineering, STEM or numerate degree. You may already have experience in power system design, planning or operation. You may have worked on network or plant design, maintenance or testing.  You will benefit from an awareness of power system analysis techniques, along with an appreciation of transmission networks and the control systems used on our electricity transmission system. You may have some knowledge of the codes and commercial frameworks used to operate and manage transmission systems. But most of all, we’d like to see. 

  1. Excellent communication and presentation skills
  2. Strong analytical skills
  3. A desire to be challenging and innovative in your work

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