All the latest news from the heart of Great Britain's electricity system. Find out how we balance the grid, how we’re innovating for the future, and who the people are that are working on Britain's energy system around the clock.
Demand Flexibility Service returns this winter
Ahead of the 2023/2024 winter, we’re announcing the return of the Demand Flexibility Service used last year and have submitted our proposal for this years’ service to the energy regulator Ofgem for their approval.
Interconnectors’ role in transitioning to net zero
10 Aug 2023 - 4 minute read
Interconnectors have the potential to facilitate the energy transition by allowing us to move surplus renewable electricity from where it’s produced to where it is needed. Our Future of Interconnectors innovation project is investigating the opportunities and challenges that an increase in interconnectors presents to operating the electricity system as we transition towards our net zero target.
New Ancillary Service for Distributed Energy announced by ESO and DNOs
9 Aug 2023 - 3 minute read
Collaboration between the ESO, UK Power Networks and National Grid Electricity Distribution (NGED), is delivering a new route to market for Distributed Energy Resources.
ESO welcomes Transmission Network Review
4 Aug 2023 - 1 minute read
We are committed to working with all stakeholders and communities - from Peterhead to Penzance - to ensure the grid Britain needs for the future is delivered.
The Winser review is an independent review by the UK's Electricity Networks Commissioner, Nick Winser, looking at ways to reduce the time it takes to build grid infrastructure and connections.
Today, 4 August, the review and its recommendations were published, including important additional roles the Future System Operator could take on over time.
Dynamic Reserve Setting innovation project seeks to reduce balancing costs
3 Aug 2023 - 3 minute read
We’re highlighting a project from our Innovation Annual Summary, which reduces consumer costs and utilises zero carbon electricity generation – Dynamic Reserve Setting.
ESO responds to ESN call for Balancing Mechanism reforms
27 Jul 2023 - 2 minute read
Responding to the ESN's open letter calling for reforms to the Balancing Mechanism the ESO has provided the following comment and a letter of response:
“We are committed to running the power system with zero carbon emissions by 2025 and recognise the importance of low carbon technologies in achieving this goal.
We’ve published our Innovation Annual Summary 2022/23
27 Jul 2023 - 2 minute read
The ESO has a central role in delivering the UK’s net zero target by 2050. Innovation will be critical in achieving this by allowing us to explore ground-breaking solutions and technologies across the whole energy system.
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