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Our Projects

At National Grid, we are passionate about innovating and developing to meet the challenges of the future. So we're championing secure, sustainable energy options and playing a leading role in shaping the energy landscape to meet the needs of future generations.

Find out more about some of National Grid's key projects

Smart Meters

Smart meters are the next generation of gas and electricity meters, offering the ability for people to measure their home energy consumption on a daily basis so they can monitor their energy usage better.


To be an innovative leader in energy debate we are investing in research and development. In 2009 a new National Grid Power Systems Research Centre opened at the University of Manchester, with two new laboratories which are designed to support research into the reduction of electricity consumption and the development of renewable energy, energy storage and clean technology. The University is already home to the National Grid High Voltage Research Centre, which is the largest university-based facility of its type in the UK.

Electricity Alliances

In March 2007 National Grid signed contracts, worth up to £2.5 billion over five years, to upgrade and develop the electricity transmission network across England and Wales. This is the largest ever alliance partnership for National Grid and represents a significant part of National Grid’s planned investment to maintain safe and secure supplies of energy to the UK.

These collaborative contracts will support connecting new infrastructure such as wind farms and other new types of generating plants, and replacement of existing assets to ensure the continued safe and reliable operation of the high voltage electricity network. This significant investment demonstrates our commitment to maintaining a robust transmission network. It will also help secure clean, affordable energy for the future.

The Future of Energy

The Future of Energy

Date: 08 Dec 2009

On 8 December 2009 our CEO, Steve Holliday, addressed staff, students and invited guests of Imperial College's Energy Futures Lab. The speech, UK energy future - the road map to 2050, explored where and how National Grid would help the UK to meet its emissions reduction targets for 2050.