Welcome to National Grid ESO

We make sure that Great Britain has the essential energy it needs by ensuring supply meets demand every second of every day. Find out more about what we do and how we keep the lights on for Great Britain.

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Future of Energy podcast: episode 4

Our latest Future of Energy podcast looks at the future of heat. Generating heat currently produces about a third of all UK emissions. Decarbonising the heating sector is a really important step in reaching the UK's 2050 net-zero target. In this episode Samantha Simmonds talks with ESO Customer and Stakeholder Senior Manager Emily Leadbetter and Energy Analysis Manager, Lauren Stuchfield to learn more about how we'll heat our homes and businesses in the future.

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Electricity Explained - August snapshot

Ever wonder how much electricity is generated and used in Great Britain?

Each month, we look at how much of Great Britain's electricity generation came from sources such as wind, solar and biomass.

Find out what happened in August

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Blessing Shumba - a sustainable whole energy future

Blessing Shumba works as an assistant National Scheduling Engineer (aNSE) in our Control Room. He manages scheduling of our energy to make sure our electricity is reliable and also economical.

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Summer colouring-in challenge

Take a look at some of the fantastic artwork sent in by your kids...


Decarbonisation - the next industrial revolution

As we move closer to the COP26 summit in November, we spoke to Matt Magill about how he is helping us towards net zero

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Innovating for Britain’s electricity system of the future

We've published our innovation annual summary, sharing insight into some of our key collaborative projects with industry.


NIA annual summary 2020-21

Our latest report provides a progress update on all the innovation projects completed or underway in the last 12 months.

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Winter Outlook 2021 - Early View

Following tighter margins in winter 2020/21 compared to previous winters, we have decided to publish an early view of the margin for winter 2021/22.

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Bridging the gap to net zero: 3 months on

It's been three months since we published our Bridging the Gap report. In this article we're sharing some of the work that has been happening since then.

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End of Year Report 2020/21

Want to know more about what we do? We’ve just published our 2020/21 End of Year Report, where you can find out more about what we’ve accomplished over the past year.