The System Operator (SO) has a key role in the electricity system. Ofgem 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.
Ofgem also think further separation between National Grid’s electricity SO and electricity Transmission Owner (TO) functions would be in the interest of consumers.
Having worked closely with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and National Grid on the options, Ofgem are proposing that the SO become a more independent company within the National Grid group (NG Group).
The IET Energy Policy Panel (EPP) welcomes this consultation from Ofgem and seeks the views of our members on their current thinking on the proposed approach for implementing any changes to the role of the electricity system operator.
The EPP will respond to all the questions posed in this consultation and therefore seek input from the IET membership across the whole of this consultation. The questions posed are as follows:
The consultation document can he found at:
Members contributing are asked to state their relevant experience. All inputs will be treated confidentially in the production of a corporate view and individual contributors will not be named. “Member” should be interpreted as IET technician members, members and fellows.
This consultation is the third of a series that are closely related in many ways; the other two being the BEIS/Ofgem “Call for evidence; a smart, flexible energy system” (CfE) and Ofgem’s consultation on industry code governance.
The IET has played a leading role in catalysing the debate about the future development of the GB power system with both the Power Network Joint Vision (www.theiet.org/pnjv) and the on-going Future Power System Architecture programme (www.theiet.org/fpsa).
We are very pleased that the case we made for whole system thinking has now been widely accepted by BEIS and Ofgem and the wider stakeholder community.