Consultation: Operating in 2020

Consultation background

Since June 2008, as part of the Electricity Networks Strategy Group (ENSG), we have worked with other energy companies, Government and Ofgem to produce a vision of the network reinforcements required to meet the 2020 renewable energy target.


This page contains the documentation for our consultation on ‘Operating the Electricity Transmission Networks in 2020’. The consultation document describes and examines the likely issues relating to operating the electricity transmission networks in 2020.


Our assessment is based on a vision for 2020 of an electricity transmission system which evolves to connect extensive renewable generation to achieve climate change objectives.

This sustainability objective must be achieved whilst maintaining a diverse generation background and appropriate network standards in order to maintain security of supply and to do so affordably.

The purpose of this consultation is to complement the ENSG work and examine the issues of system operation against the same Gone Green scenario.  The document outlines our initial views on the key issues we will face in our role as System Operator of the electricity transmission networks and provides an indication of the services we are likely to require as 'residual balancer', along with the potential providers of those services. 
Consultation Update 2011

In this updated 2011 consultation document we expand on our initial views that were provided in the 2009 consultation. Further detail is provided on previously identified challenges, which includes some recent operational experience, together with our views on additional issues that National Grid is likely to encounter in its role as residual balancer.

 We would welcome feedback to the questions raised in the document as well as the usefulness of the content to energy.operations@uk.ngrid.com. The consultation closes on the 16th September 2011.

Operating in 2020

25 October 2012
UK Future Energy Scenarios 2012
The second edition of the UK Future Energy Scenarios document, in which we describe the assumptions used in our analysis and development of future energy scenarios.
22 November 2011
Gone Green 2011
Key facts and figures
22 November 2011
UK Future Energy Scenarios
UK gas and electricity transmission
13 June 2011
Update: Operating the Electricity Transmission Networks in 2020
In this 2011 report, feedback is requested on any views stated, and in addition to that, the usefulness of the content to refine our future reporting. energy.operations@uk.ngrid.com
14 February 2010
Follow Up Report: Operating the Electricity Transmission Networks in 2020
Describes how National Grid is addressing the challenges presented in transmission network operation in Great Britain over the next decade. It also presents a brief summary of consultation ...
19 June 2009
Factsheet: Operating the system beyond 2020
Meeting the 2020 UK climate change and renewable energy targets is challenging. In our role as system operator we must consider that in that same timescale we must: Connect around 32GW of wind to the ...
19 June 2009
Initial Consultation: Operating the Electricity Transmission Networks in 2020
With this document we set out to seek views on:Our assessment of the technical challenges presented to us in our role in operating the networks and as 'residual balancer'; our thoughts on how these ...

Consultation Responses

11 October 2011
Response from EDF Energy
11 October 2011
Response from Elexon
11 October 2011
Response from Electricity Storage Network
11 October 2011
Response from Renewable UK
11 October 2011
Response from Wartsila
30 October 2009
Response from Nuclear Industry Association
30 October 2009
Response from WWF-UK
30 October 2009
Response from Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University
30 October 2009
Response from Derek Birkett
30 October 2009
Response from BWEA
30 October 2009
Response from Swanbarton Limited
30 October 2009
Response from EA Technology
30 October 2009
Response from Scottish and Southern Energy
30 October 2009
Response from VERDANARCH
30 October 2009
Response from Scottish renewables
30 October 2009
Response from Isentropic
30 October 2009
Response from RLtec
30 October 2009
Response from Fuel Cell Power
30 October 2009
Response from EDF Energy
30 October 2009
Response from Centrica Energy
30 October 2009
Response from David Milborrow (Survey)
30 October 2009
Response from International Power
30 October 2009
Response from CE Electric UK
30 October 2009
Response from NGK Insulators UK Ltd
30 October 2009
Response from EnerNOC
30 October 2009
Response from Electricity North West Limited
30 October 2009
Response from RWE
30 October 2009
Response from E.ON Central Networks
30 October 2009
Response from Renewable Energy Foundation
30 October 2009
Response from Scottish Resources Group
30 October 2009
Response from Peter North (Survey)
30 October 2009
Response from Rolls Royce Power Development (Survey)
30 October 2009
Response from SP EnergyNetworks
30 October 2009
Response from Consumer Focus
30 October 2009
Response from EFR and Prolan
30 October 2009
Response from GDF SUEZ
30 October 2009
Response from Flexitricity
30 October 2009
Response from Flexible Energy Ltd
30 October 2009
Response from Doosan Babcock Energy
30 October 2009
Response from Andrew Frew
30 October 2009
Response from Highview Power Storage
30 October 2009
Response from Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
30 October 2009
Response from Prosyma Research Ltd
30 October 2009
Response from E.ON UK
30 October 2009
Response from Highlands and Islands Enterprise
 

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