Guest Blog: Steve Holliday – An energy Brexit cannot mean going it alone

No one in the energy world will be surprised the Energy Institute’s new 2017 Energy Barometer ranks Brexit among the most pressing concerns of professionals working in our industry – but what’s of great value is the clear message that it sends to the new government as it navigates Brexit. The results point to four […]

Energy professionals want ‘predictable, no-surprises policy environment’

  Energy professionals want a predictable policy environment with “no surprises” from government. The latest annual survey dubbed ‘Energy Barometer’ from the Energy Institute found its members are most concerned about access to skills and the UK’s relationship with the EU Single Market following Brexit. A majority of them (66%) believe the engineering sector will […]

Blackout Britain ‘scare stories’ must stop, says ex-National Grid head

Britain facing blackouts are “scare stories” which need to stop. That’s according to Steve Holliday, former boss of National Grid, who believes the nation has enough electricity capacity to meet demand even during peak times. His comments come as the latest round of capacity auction for power generation starts today. Under the scheme, power plant […]

“We’ll be OK over winter” says National Grid boss

The Chief Executive of the National Grid responded to fears we may face power cuts because of power plant closures today by saying the country will be “OK” during winter. Steve Holliday told BBC Radio 5live: “The stark facts are that we’ve shut a lot of generation down in the UK in the last few […]

National Grid sees UK profit rise 7.7%

National Grid saw operating profit in its UK arm rise in the first six months of 2013 after increasing the amount it charges energy customers. Profit was up 7.7% in the first half of the financial year however a poor performance in the US market dragged the company’s overall profits down. Its total operating profits […]

Plans to move forward with UK-Norway interconnector

The UK has signed a “co-operation agreement” with Norway to continue work on the electricity interconnector to link the two nations following three years of joint feasibility and development work. The agreement confirms a 50:50 partnership between National Grid and Statnett, the Norwegian transmission system operator. Between £1.5–2 billion is expected to be invested in […]

Learn from Scotland says National Grid boss

The energy sector and politicians in England and Wales should learn lessons from Scotland when it comes communication with the public. That’s the view of National Grid boss Steve Holliday who said the time for action is now and the sector needs to convince the public of the changes in infrastructure needed to build our […]

National Grid to invest £3.8bn

National Grid expects to invest between £3.5-3.8 billion in its businesses next year with around £1.5bn of that in the UK, the international firm said today in its interim management statement for April to the end of July 2012. Chief Executive Steve Holliday said they were keeping a “positive outlook” for next year and expected […]

World’s longest interconnector will link UK and Norway

The world’s longest electricity interconnector is set to be built between the UK and Norway, which is expected to improve energy security for both countries. National Grid signed an agreement with Norwegian power provider Statnett confirming plans for a 1.4GW submarine interconnector. It aims to have the 700km link operational by 2020. The companies are […]

450,000 skilled technicians needed by 2020, says National Grid leader

Britain will need 450,000 highly skilled technicians by 2020 to boost the economy, according to a new government report. The Technician Council, which carried out an 18-month long review, is launching a new initiative today to encourage recruitment in the science and technology fields. With the demand of technicians increasing, the review states there is […]