At privatisation and as required by the transmission licence, National Grid implemented the Grid Code, which is designed to permit the development, maintenance and operation of an efficient, co-ordinated and economical system for the transmission of electricity, to facilitate competition in the generation and supply of electricity and to promote the security and efficiency of the power system as a whole. National Grid and users of its transmission system are required to comply with the Grid Code.
The Grid Code available here is the designated revised code under the Offshore Transmission regime and is effective from 24th June 2009 (Offshore Transmission Go-Active date).
The Grid Code is required to cover all material technical aspects relating to connections to and the operation and use of the transmission system or, in as far as relevant to the operation and use of the transmission system, the operation of the electric lines and electrical plant connected to it or to a distribution system.
The Grid Code also specifies data which system users are obliged to provide to National Grid for use in the planning and operation of the transmission system, including demand forecasts, availability of generating sets and intended dates of overhaul of large generating sets.
Any changes to the Grid Code are subject to the approval of the Authority.
Development of Proposals Relating to Rate of Change of Frequency (RoCoF)
The joint DCRP and GCRP Workgroup “GC0035 Frequency Changes During Large Disturbance” is examining how the maximum rate of change of frequency seen by the electricity networks in Great Britain is likely to increase, and how this impacts on the effectiveness of RoCoF based Loss of Mains protection. There is a strong possibility that protection setting changes will be required, with a potential need for retrospective action. Any changes are likely to be enacted through changes to the Engineering recommendations G83 and G59. Proposals are being developed by workgroup members, who represent transmission, distribution and generation interests. Given the number of distributed generator stakeholders that may be impacted, the workgroup is seeking to discuss the relevant issues at an industry workshop. The open letter below provides further information.
Open Letter on G83 and G59 Protection Requirements
25th April 2013
Radisson Blu Hotel
8th May 2013
Great Connaught Rooms
If you would like to attend, please contact Grid.Code@nationalgrid.com