National Grid 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 Plan helps you understand what we aim to deliver over the course of a financial year, by setting out our ambitious plan of deliverables.
It also shows the metrics we will use to measure our performance during the year, and how our activities this year fit into the bigger picture of the energy transition.
The Forward Plan sets out our activities under three role areas:
- Control centre operations
- Market development and transactions
- System insight, planning and network development
Download this year's Forward Plan
Our Forward Plan 2020-21 sets out our immediate steps until the start of RIIO-2 to achieve our ambitions.
It covers all aspects of our role, which has been defined by Ofgem in consultation with industry.
You can also see how we have calculated our balancing costs benchmarks.
Developed in collaboration with the energy industry
In December 2019 we consulted on a draft Forward Plan for 2020-21.
It provides an updated set of activities and performance measures for the 2020-21 financial year, and gives our best view of what we will deliver during the year.
Stakeholders have given us feedback on this draft plan.
We've taken on board this feedback and incorporated this into the final version.
Want to know how we're doing?
We are currently working to the Forward Plan 2020-21.
The Forward Plan has been set under the RIIO-T1 price control period.
Find out how we're are performing against it.
Here you can download previous Forward Plan documents and information that provides more context around our activities.
|ESO Forward Plan 2019-21|
|ESO Forward Plan 2019-21 interactive|
|ESO Forward Plan 2019-21 consultation event slides|
|ESO Forward Plan 2019-21 panel questions|
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.
Download documents relating to our consultation activities.
|Consultation event agenda|
|ESO Forward Plan Consultation Event Slides|
|ESO Webinar Slides|
|ESO Sli.do Answers|
|ESO Webinar Questions|
|Speech by Director of System Operations, Fintan Slye|
|Driving Performance through Stakeholder Engagement|
|Getting the balance right|
|ESO 2030 Ambition workshop materials|
|ESO 2030 ambition discussion notes|
|Consumer Value Thought Piece|