The committee has not stated whether the operator would be public, private or non-profit [Image: Andrew Milligan/PA].

The committee has not stated whether the operator would be public, private or non-profit [Image: Andrew Milligan/PA].

Because the National Grid is a privatised utility company, there is a potential for a conflict of interest between its duty to keep the lights on and the commercial opportunities it pursues.

For this reason, it seems MPs are questioning whether some of this company’s duties should be transferred to an independent operator, in order to maintain impartiality.

At last, the potential for corruption in the private sector model of service provision is attracting attention. It’s 30 years late, but better late than never!

Let us hope this is the first of many initiatives to take power away from the privateers and put it back where it belongs – with the people.

A powerful parliamentary group has called for the National Grid to be stripped of its powers for balancing the energy system in Britain due to a potential conflict of interest.

The House of Commons energy and climate change committee is urging the government to transfer control for ensuring all methods are used to keep the lights on to a newly created independent system operator (ISO).

The committee report, Low Carbon Network Infrastructure, says the system needs a shake up just days after the Energy Institute complained that continual changes in energy policy were frightening away investment.

“The government should set out its intentions regarding an ISO as soon as possible, and consult on a detailed, staged plan for their implementation, so as to avoid injecting uncertainty into the energy sector,” recommends the report.

Source: National Grid needs overhaul, say energy committee MPs | Business | The Guardian

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