Future arrangements for the electricity system operator: its role and structure

Publication date
12th January 2017
Closing date
10th March 2017
Policy areas
Status

The System Operator (SO) has a key role in the electricity system. We think that the SO’s role needs to evolve, to ensure it is well placed to both respond to and help facilitate the transformation of the electricity system over the coming decades. 

We also think further separation between National Grid’s electricity SO and electricity Transmission Owner (TO) functions would be in the interest of consumers. We have been working closely with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and National Grid on the options, and are proposing that the SO become a more independent company within the National Grid group (NG Group). 

This consultation seeks views on our current thinking on these areas and our proposed approach for implementing any changes.