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Energy is changing. Meet the people driving this transformation, discover the tech and engineering solutions helping us to deliver a cleaner energy system and explore what the future might look like.

 

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4 ways lockdown life affected UK electricity use

COVID-19 has transformed many aspects of our lives, from where we work to how we rest and play. As restrictions ease, we look back at ways our electricity use changed through the pandemic, how it continues to evolve and what this tells us about the last few months.

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Joining the Race to Zero

On World Environment Day we joined the global Race to Zero campaign, which is encouraging a clean global plan to help us ‘recover better’ from COVID-19.

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Future Thinking: How AI is paving the way to net zero

A fear of the devastating potential of climate change inspired Jack Kelly to join National Grid ESO, to help speed up the journey to net zero. Here he shares how he’s using his expertise in machine learning and AI to unlock a cleaner energy future.

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US Lineworker Donald Lopes in front of National Grid bucket truck

Life as a lineworker – our high wire heroes

No matter if temperatures are dipping below freezing or its broiling hot outside, Donald Lopes and his fellow lineworkers arrive at their base at 7am sharp; ready to service the poles to ensure electricity keeps flowing to local homes and businesses.

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National Grid ESO Future Energy Scenarios (FES) - wind turbines in sunny fields

ESO: Future Energy Scenarios for the next 30 years

With a UK target of net zero by 2050, our new report outlines four pathways for energy over the next 30 years. With input from over 600 experts, it looks at where energy could come from, potential changes needed and their impact on consumers and industry.

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Graeme Cooper sitting in new National Grid ENV-200 electric van

Driving toward a cleaner energy future

With nearly 3,000 cars and vans, switching to low emissions vehicles is part of our commitment to reaching net zero by 2050. Here Fleet Manager Lorna McAtear explains how we’re stepping this journey up a gear and aiming for a fully clean-fuel fleet for 20

National Grid female engineer Cindy Rom

High school motto inspired award-winning female engineer

Our US Female Engineer of the Year is 29-year-old Cindy Rom, a Senior Engineer in Melville, NY. Here she talks about what the accolade means to her and keeping engineering in the family while finding her own path.

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Map of GB and Denmark at night used for National Grid Viking Link story

Building a clean energy connection with Denmark begins

Work has begun on our latest interconnector, Viking Link, which will allow the exchange of electricity between Denmark and the UK. This 765km long undersea cable will further boost the amount of renewable energy in the UK.

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Cable laying in Norway for the National Grid and Statnett North Sea Link (NSL) interconnector

First-of-its-kind engineering feat amidst the fjords

Building the world’s longest undersea cable, to allow the UK to share zero carbon energy with Norway, has brought some challenges. Read more about how we engineered smart solutions to deal with tough terrain and fishing lakes.

Energy explained

Ever wondered what net zero means? Want to know how windfarms make energy? Or how electricity and gas gets to you? Here we answer all your energy questions.
 

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