I see that Ofgem has finally taken a deep breath and launched a consultation on whether the System Operator (SO) functions of the National Grid should be separated out from its overall business activities: and has concluded that, ‘well, yes – to a point it perhaps should, and well, we might think about the SO becoming a more independent company within the National Grid group, perhaps with its own licence, and that might be achieved by something like 2019’. All of which means that if we all respond positively to the consultation, some Chinese walls within National Grid might be on their way within a couple of years. It is not that National Grid does a bad job of running the System Operator: on the contrary, it does rather well, I think. I wonder though, if this rather tepid approach really is good enough to oversee the transformation of how the grid will work over the next 20 years as it transforms (or rather it completes the transformation – it already is transforming).
Alan Whitehead 8th Feb 2017 read more »