We are a separate company

On 1 April the Electricity System Operator became a legally separate company within the National Grid Group. Find out more about what this change means.


We have a portfolio of active innovation projects funded by both the Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) and Network Innovation Competition (NIC).

Network Innovation Allowance (NIA)

You can find a discussion of our innovation projects in our Innovation Annual Summary.

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NIA projects

The Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) provides an annual allowance to fund innovation projects that create value for our customers. You can find out more about these projects on the NIA projects page.

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Network Innovation Competition (NIC)

We are leading on two NIC projects, which you can learn more about on the individual project pages.

Power Potential

This initiative aims to create a new reactive power market for distributed energy resources (DER) and generate additional capacity on the network.

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The Enhanced Frequency Control Capability (EFCC) Project

Facing the challenge of maintaining the 50 Hz frequency stability on the transmission system as new generation technologies come online, such as solar and wind.

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