Forward Plans to 2021
The ESO publishes a Forward Plan each year that describes what we’re planning to do to create value for our customers, stakeholders and energy consumers. This allows them to hold us to account for delivery and enhances our levels of transparency, engagement and accountability.
Our Forward Plans
From April 2019, the ESO will legally separate from the Electricity Transmission function and will start operating as a separate company within the National Grid Group. Ahead of then, we’ve worked with Ofgem on a new incentive framework, so we can develop forward business plans that are specific to the ESO’s function within the Group.
Our Forward Plans are published annually for the financial year, and include a set of criteria for our performance to be measured against.
Stakeholder engagement and accountability
Our Forward Plans are developed through extensive engagement with customers and stakeholders. The plan itself allows them to hold us to account for delivery, while enhancing our levels of transparency, engagement and accountability.
Our Forward Plans and incentive framework
Our Forward Plans and new incentive framework cover all aspects of our role, which has been defined by Ofgem in consultation with industry. It includes:
Managing system balancing and operability
Facilitating competitive markets
Facilitating whole system outcomes
Supporting competition in networks.
Forward Plan April 2019 to March 2021
In January 2019, we published our draft 2019-21 Forward Plan for consultation. Through the consultation, we’ll discuss with you our long-term vision and ambitious plan of work for the next two years, identifying how our activities will deliver benefit for consumers now and in the future.
We’re providing a two-year view so we can be as transparent as possible for our stakeholders. We will publish an updated Forward Plan for April 2020 to March 2021 in January 2020.
Shaping our Forward Plan by engaging with you
Our draft 2019-21 Forward Plan was shaped by our vision workshop on 28 September 2018 and our engagement with you throughout the year. We held a stakeholder event on 22 January 2019 to present this latest plan and gather your feedback as part of the consultation.
Please let us know what this plan means for you and your business. We will incorporate your feedback into our final 2019-21 Forward Plan, which we’ll publish in March 2019.
Please respond to our consultation by 14 February.
Forward Plan 2019-21 consultation documents
Forward plan April 2018 - March 2019
We published the final version of our first ESO Forward Plan in March 2018.
It’s an ambitious plan, outlining the activities and outputs we’ll deliver for 2018-19 to realise value for our customers, stakeholders and energy consumers. The plan also allows them to hold us to account for delivery.
Here you can download documents relating to our Forward Plan for April 2018 – March 2019. Simply click on the relevant link below.
Forward Plan 2018-19
Here you can view out final Forward Plan and associated documents
You can view the responses we received from stakeholders which we were given permission to share.
Here you can download documents and information that provides more context around our forward planning activities.