Jul 20, 2021

National Grid faces being stripped of energy system management role

Under the proposals, the roles carried out by the National Grid Electricity System Operator - the part of the utility that matches electricity supply and demand and avoids blackouts - would be transferred to an independent body. Ministers are considering giving the new organisation key responsibilities for gas, including long-term forecasting and strategic network planning, although National Grid would retain an over-aching role operating the national gas system. National Grid's role in the energy system has come under growing scrutiny in recent years following concerns raised by MPs and independent experts over conflicts of interest. National Grid has since continued to oversee the gas system. Business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng first questioned National Grid's role in overseeing the energy system in 2019, not long after a power cut that disrupted 1m homes in England and Wales.

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