Fintan Slye

Listen to the ESO talk about building the grid of the future in a new podcast

In the latest Redefining Energy podcast Fintan Slye, Executive Director of the ESO explains our role in operating Great Britain’s electricity system second by second, 24/7, 365 days a year to balance supply and demand.

Fintan outlines what’s in store for the future of the grid and how we’re working towards our ambition of delivering periods of 100% zero carbon operations by 2025, leading to a zero carbon electricity system by 2035.

The electricity network is the bloodline of the economy. It is a very complex system, built over decades, with layers of technologies and it has to be reliable 24/7. We hardly talked about this network of wires and cables a few years back but now, in the context of the energy transition, it plays a critical role in solving the three main challenges; the three D’s: decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitisation.

This is not a simple task, as the primary objective of any electricity network is reliability, so any structural change is like trying to change the engines of the place while it is flying.

How can the network evolve to answer the challenges of the energy transition? How fast does it evolve? How can new transmissions be developed? How are the issues identified and what does the future looks like? How do network managers around the world collaborate and share best practises?

Fintan Slye, Executive Director of the ESO talks about these important questions for Great Britain’s national electricity network with Gerard Reid from Redefining Energy.

You can listen on the Redefining Energy website, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify. 

Listen on the Redefining Energy website

Listen on Apple Podcasts

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