The Utility Week Awards are proudly sponsored by National Grid and VISION.

National Grid own and operate the electricity transmission network in England and Wales, with day-to-day responsibility for balancing supply and demand. They also operate, but do not own, the Scottish networks. National Grid’s networks comprise approximately 7,200 kilometres (4,474 miles) of overhead line, 1,500 kilometres (932 miles) of underground cable and 342 substations.

They own and operate the gas National Transmission System in Great Britain, with day-to-day responsibility for balancing supply and demand. The network comprises approximately 7,660 kilometres (4,760 miles) of high-pressure pipe and 618 above-ground installations.

As Great Britain’s System Operator (SO) they make sure gas and electricity is transported safely and efficiently from where it is produced to where it is consumed. From April 2019, Electricity System Operator (ESO) is a new standalone business within National Grid, legally separate from all other parts of the National Grid Group. This will provide the right environment to deliver a balanced and impartial ESO that can realise real benefits for consumers as they transition to a more decentralised, decarbonised electricity system.

Other UK activities mainly relate to businesses operating in competitive markets outside of their core regulated businesses; including interconnectors, gas metering activities and a liquefied natural gas (LNG) importation terminal – all of which are now part of National Grid Ventures. National Grid Property is responsible for the management, clean-up and disposal of surplus sites in the UK. Most of these are former gas works.

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VISION is a global consulting company that helps businesses transform their operational practices, leadership, and culture for the long term.  Our services extend from designing transformative, revenue-boosting customer experiences, to developing elegant, efficient delivery systems, to the management and leadership practices for large-scale capital projects.

VISION has recently completed significant customer-facing and operational projects for such clients as RSA, SSE, Cadent, Scottish Water and Bank of Ireland.  And, together with our US partner, our portfolio includes capital delivery projects across high technology, infrastructure, utilities, commercial, retail and healthcare.  Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, VISION operates from European and American markets.

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