Power to the people

01 March 2011

Speaker: Steve Holliday FREng, Chief Executive of National Grid

The UK is about to embark on a huge process of change in the way it produces, transports and uses energy. Old power stations are closing, new nuclear and renewable generation is arriving, and millions of electric cars are on their way as we strive to cut carbon emissions. Most of the new power generation will be in remote locations, often on the coast. Creating new connections to get that electricity to people's homes and businesses will cost billions of pounds; but without it, we won't reach that sustainable future.

National Grid owns and operates the high voltage electricity transmission system in England and Wales and operates the network across the UK. It also owns and operates the UK's gas transmission system, and distributes gas to 11 million offices, schools and homes in the heart of England. As the company that links everything up, National Grid sits at the heart of this transformation. In this lecture, National Grid's Chief Executive, Steve Holliday, explains his perspective on the energy challenge that faces us all and how we can meet it, in ways that are sustainable as well as affordable.

Steve Holliday
Holliday has been Chief Executive of National Grid plc since 2006. He joined the company in 2001 as an executive director and held positions with responsibility for transmission, gas distribution and business services before becoming Chief Executive. Holliday was previously at British Borneo Oil and Gas, where he was a board director. He spent much of his early career with Exxon and held senior roles in the UK and Asia.

A Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering and a chartered member of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers, Holliday also chairs the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy and leads a number of sustainable energy and skills related activities for Business in the Community. He is currently Chairman of the Technician Council. He also holds a BSc degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Nottingham.

Keywords: National Grid, Steve Holliday, power, energy, transport, electricity, people

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