National Grid ESO has become an official member of Energy Networks Association.
In April 2019 the electricity system operator, National Grid ESO, became a legally separate business within the National Grid PLC group. Fintan Slye, Director of the Electricity System Operator, National Grid will join ENA’s board, effective immediately.
Fintan Slye, Director of the Electricity System Operator, National Grid said:
"As our legal separation matures we’re taking on more roles and responsibilities within the energy industry, so are delighted to become an official member of Energy Networks Association.
"We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with ENA and its members. Through working collaboratively with network owners and operators, and adopting a whole system view of the challenges that lie ahead, we can accelerate progress towards both a zero carbon electricity grid and the UK’s net zero goal."
David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association said:
"While we’ve been working with National Grid ESO since their status change two years ago, it’s great to welcome them officially as members of ENA. There is lots of work ahead for the industry, not least of all in addressing the challenges of delivering Net Zero emissions through a modern, low-cost and customer-focused energy system. With the National Grid ESO team working alongside our other members, the voice of the networks is ever-stronger."
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Biography for Fintan Slye
Fintan Slye is Director of the Electricity System Operator, National Grid. Prior to joining National Grid, he was CEO of the EirGrid Group, the electricity transmission system operator and market operator in Ireland and Northern Ireland. He led a process of significant change within the company which included a programme on integrating renewables onto the Irish electricity grid and a new approach to public consultation and engagement.
Fintan has served as Vice-Chair of the Board of Entso-e (the European organisation for Transmission System Operators) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Ireland. He also worked for McKinsey supporting clients across Ireland, the UK and Europe, as well as holding roles in ESB National Grid and ESB International. He is a graduate of University College Dublin, from where he holds a Masters in Engineering Science and an MBA.
Fintan has a deep knowledge of the industry and is passionate about decarbonisation, and was proud to announce (on 1 April 2019) the ESO’s ambition to operate the system with zero carbon by 2025.
- Main photograph courtesy of National Grid ESO. Photograph is National Grid ESO - Electricity Control Centre.
- David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association.
- Fintan Slye, Director of the Electricity System Operator, National Grid.
About Energy Networks Association
Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the companies which operate the electricity wires, gas pipes and energy system in the UK and Ireland.
ENA helps its members meet the challenge of delivering electricity and gas to communities across the UK and Ireland safely, sustainably and reliably.
Its members include every major electricity and gas network operator in the UK and Ireland, independent operators, National Grid ESO which operates the electricity system in Great Britain and National Grid Gas which operates the gas system in Great Britain. Its affiliate membership also includes companies with an interest in energy, including Heathrow Airport and Network Rail.
What are energy network operators?
Energy network operators manage and maintain the wires, pipes and other infrastructure which delivers electricity and gas to your home, business and community. They are private companies which are regulated by Ofgem and employ around 45,000 people in the UK and Ireland. They are represented by their industry body, Energy Networks Association (that's us).
Energy supplier or network operator? Energy network operators are entirely separate to your energy supplier, which is the company that bills you for using electricity and gas. Energy suppliers and generators are represented by Energy UK.