Government to create new Future System Operator (FSO) to oversee UK energy system

The UK launches new public body to oversee the energy network, supporting new technology and building security of supply.

  • Government to create new Future System Operator (FSO) to oversee UK energy system
  • new body will boost security and resilience of UK energy supplies and support transition to net zero emissions
  • proposal follows consultation with industry who backed the creation of a new public body

The government has today committed to delivering a new public body to strengthen the resilience of Great Britain’s energy system.

The Future System Operator (FSO), to be launched once legislation is passed and timelines have been discussed with key parties, will look at the Great Britain’s 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 (but not real-time operation, which will remain with NGG).

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