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How to build and optimise the grid of the future

Increased energy demand is inevitable. How do we make sure the grid can cope?

We’ll likely need a grid twice the size it is today. And balancing supply and demand in the years ahead will require a smart approach.

Transmission capacity is one of the most important things to address as we accelerate the energy transition. Achieving net zero by 2050 will require an upgrade and expansion of the grid, in the UK and US. So how do we do it?

David Banmiller is joined by Ben Wilson, Chief Strategy and Regulation Officer at National Grid, to analyse the grid-enhancing technology and investment we need to see deployed. Together they discuss the path to a smarter, more advanced grid.

Ben highlights the need for policy support as well; streamlining permitting processes is crucial.

In this episode, find out how National Grid is planning and investing in new infrastructure, the approach to finding and investing in the latest tech, and the importance of dynamic line ratings in managing energy demand.

About National Grid

National Grid is an electricity, natural gas, and clean energy delivery company serving more than 20 million people through our networks in New York and Massachusetts. National Grid is focused on building a smarter, stronger, cleaner energy future — transforming our networks with more reliable and resilient energy solutions to meet state climate goals and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Catch up on the latest episodes of National Grid’s podcast, The Clean Energy Revolution, which explores the people, policies, and projects that are leading the transition to clean energy.

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