National Grid publishes its first Network Options Assessment (NOA) report by the end of March.
“With stakeholders playing such a key role in developing the report, we would welcome any views on the content and scope of this year’s document and any changes they’d like to see in future versions."
Kelvin Lambert, Network Options Assessment Lead.
The document, which is a new area of responsibility for the System Operator (SO), follows on the heels of its Electricity Ten-Year Statement (ETYS), which laid out a vision for how Britain’s transmission system could develop in the next decade.
The role of the SO is to produce the NOA report and take its findings forward and outline preferred options for where investments in the GB transmission network should be made.
NOA is essential in today’s changing and uncertain energy landscape. With big issues facing the industry – including changing energy demand patterns and generation becoming more geographically dispersed as well as more intermittent – it’s critical that the transmission networks meet those needs.
NOA’s analysis takes account of these by considering energy scenarios and weighing up the cost of investing in transmission infrastructure against the cost of not investing, which can mean bottling up generation and incurring operational constraint costs.
The report takes into account key areas including providing ongoing value to customers, delivering a secure energy supply and supporting de-carbonisation most cost effectively for consumers. NOA’s findings have been shaped by the views of transmission owners and the regulator, OFGEM.
Network Options Assessment Lead Kelvin Lambert said: “With stakeholders playing such a key role in developing the report, we would welcome any views on the content and scope of this year’s document and any changes they’d like to see in future versions. Their input not only affects National Grid’s decision-making, but also the way we communicate with stakeholders throughout the year.”