The Grid: what is it and how is it changing?

Regular listeners will know that ‘the grid’ pops up regularly in any of our conversations about the transitioning power system: it’s key to renewable power project development, impacting costs, land use, permitting and a variety of other key issues. Without a grid connection, a project can’t sell its production (unless it plans to be private wire or entirely off-grid, selling to a specific customer base rather than into the wider market). 

So it was high time we had a proper chat about the grid, discussing what it is, how it’s developing and even getting into issues of ownership and long-term planning.