The UK launches new public body to oversee the energy network

The Government will create a new public body to strengthen the resilience of the UK’s energy system.

The Future System Operator (FSO), to be launched once legislation is passed, will look at the energy system as a whole, integrating existing networks with emerging technologies such as hydrogen.

The FSO will be a new public body founded on the existing capabilities of the Electricity System Operator (ESO), and, where appropriate, National Grid Gas (NGG). It will work with energy suppliers and networks to balance the UK’s electricity systems and ensure continued energy resilience and security of supply for households and businesses. It will also provide strategic oversight of the UK gas system by taking on longer-term planning in respect of gas.

Spurred on by the crisis in the Ukraine and the need to match the net-zero targets set, the announcement comes ahead of the forthcoming Energy Security Strategy.

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