Grid 3 - Do we even need an electricity transmission network anyway?

Grid 3 - Do we even need an electricity transmission network anyway?

16 May 2019, 14:00 - 15:30


Organised by SP Energy Networks 

The aim of this seminar session is to facilitate informed and engaged discussion, via presentations and a panel discussion, with attendees on potential future trends and network requirements whilst outlining how these relate to current, network investment allocations and prioritisation within the context of the RIIO framework.  The title of the session aims to pick up on the fact that, as electricity consumers in GB, we all contribute towards transmission and distribution costs through our electricity bills and, with a huge energy sector transition ahead, that it is an especially poignant time to ensure broad understanding of the role of network companies (particularly in a decentralising system) to facilitate the needs of current and future transmission customers and end-users as well as facilitate the low-carbon transition which is needed to support a sustainable and prosperous future.

Chair: Professor Karen Turner, Director, Centre for Energy Policy, University of Strathclyde and Just Transition Commissioner

A Vision for Scotland’s Gas and Electricity Networks to 2030 publication
Leigh Rafferty, Head of Electricity Markets and Regulation, Scottish Government

The Role of Power in Power Provision – putting stakeholders at the heart of the RIIO-T2 price control period
Gillian Hurding, RIIO-T2 Stakeholder Engagement Manager, SP Energy Networks

Life without a Transmission Network 
Cornel Brozio, System Analysis and Design Lead, RIIO-T2, SP Energy Networks

The evolving role of the Transmission Owner - what lessons SHE-Transmission has learned from the approach taken for the Scottish islands and what the future role of the Transmission owner looks like moving into the next price control
Lauren Logan, Commercial Policy Manager, SSEN

The role of local actors or ‘disruptors’ in delivering distributed answers: What we all need to ensure that both Scotland’s grids and communities can help each other thrive in the GB energy transition
Mark Hull, Innovation Manager, Community Energy Scotland

Tales from the demand side – industrial and commercial responses to the risks and rewards of a decentralised energy future
Suzanne MacKenzie, Business Development Manager, ScottishPower Energy Retail 

Operating a zero carbon Network
Julian Leslie, Head of National Control Electricity System Operator, National Grid 


Q&A and panel discussion


  • Cornel Brozio


    System Analysis and Design Lead, RIIO-T2

    SP Energy Networks

    Cornel Brozio works in the Network Planning & Regulation section of SP Energy Networks. He joined National Grid in 1999 and moved to SP Energy...

  • Karen Turner



    Centre for Energy Policy, University of Strathclyde

    Professor Karen is Director of the Centre for Energy Policy (CEP) at the University of Strathclyde and Just Transition Commissioner. Her main...

  • Lauren Logan


    Commercial Policy Manager

    SSEN Transmission

    Lauren Logan joined SSE in 2016 from the industry regulator Ofgem working in the networks regulation team focusing on connections services and...

  • Mark Hull


    Head of Innovation

    Community Energy Scotland

    Mark has been supporting community-focused energy programmes over two decades. At Community Energy Scotland, he's delivered hundreds of energy...

  • Gillian Hurding


    RIIO-T2 Stakeholder Engagement Manager

    SP Energy Networks

    Gillian has recently joined SP Energy Networks' RIIO-T2 price control team from her role managing a variety of local energy innovation projects on...

  • Julian Leslie


    Head of National Control

    National Grid ESO

    Julian has worked for National Grid for the last 27 years. Through this time he has performed many roles, mainly in the System Operator function,...

  • Suzanne MacKenzie


    Business Development Manager

    ScottishPower Energy Retail

    Suzanne MacKenzie is the Business Development Manager for I&C Energy Services in ScottishPower’s Retail business. With over two decades in the energy...

  • Leigh Rafferty


    Head of Electricity Markets and Regulation Policy

    Scottish Government

    Leigh joined the Scottish Government in 2018 as Head of Electricity Markets and Regulation Policy. She is responsible for leading Scottish Government...