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Black start

Black start is the procedure we use to restore power in the event of a total or partial shutdown of the national electricity transmission system. On this page, you will find out about providing a black start service.

In accordance with Special Condition 4G of National Grid's Electricity Licence we have published the methodologies Black Start Strategy and Black Start Procurement Methodology for 2017/18.

We do not publish specific market information reports relating to black start services, as these are bilaterally agreed contracts.