The Great Grid Upgrade is the largest overhaul of the electricity grid in generations. Our infrastructure projects across England and Wales are helping to connect more renewable energy to your homes and businesses.

The Great Grid Upgrade will play a big part in the UK government’s plan to boost homegrown power. It will help the UK switch to clean energy and make sure our electricity network is fit for the future; carrying more clean, secure energy from where it’s generated to where you need it.

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Upgrading the grid today makes for a better tomorrow
Having access to more clean energy will be good for our economy, our planet and our peace of mind.

More clean energy for all

The Great Grid Upgrade will enable the electricity grid to carry more clean energy to communities in every part of England and Wales, helping us all reach net zero faster.

Energy security

The Great Grid Upgrade will connect clean energy that’s produced right here in the UK, increasing the self-sufficiency of our energy supplies.

A grid that's fit for the future

As we continue to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and increase clean energy generation, we’ll be using more electricity than ever. That means we’ll need a grid that’s able to carry all this extra electricity to wherever we might need it.

Investment close to home

As well as helping to reach net zero, the UK government suggests that investment in onshore network infrastructure could support up to 130,000 jobs and contribute an estimated £4-11bn of GVA (gross value added) to Great Britain’s economy in 2050.*

Why is The Great Grid Upgrade happening? 

The way we are all powering the things we love is changing. In the years ahead, more of our energy will come from renewables as part of the transition to a cleaner, greener future. This means we need to build new infrastructure, as well as upgrading the existing grid, to bring this clean, green energy from where it’s generated to where it’s needed by homes and businesses. The Great Grid Upgrade is the largest overhaul of the grid in generations.

How will I know if The Great Grid Upgrade is happening in my area and how will I have my say?

If any of these projects are taking place in your local area, we’ll be advertising consultation events so that you can have your say on how this should happen. We’d love you to come along, find out more and tell us what you think.

How will The Great Grid Upgrade work with local communities?

We want to work closely with communities to make sure that we’re balancing the needs of those hosting this infrastructure, with the need to deliver lower bills, more secure energy and more clean energy for everyone. We aim to do this in a number of ways – from developing skills and employment opportunities to supporting local community projects through our Community Grant Programme.

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Brew the right thing competition

We’re challenging you to share with us a part of your hot brew making process that is special to you. Whether it’s your favourite mug, blend, flavour or a quirk you think is unique to you. Entering is simple, post a photo, video or piece of art that shows off a part of your hot drink ritual.

Post on your social media channels

  • Take a clear photo/video of a part of your brew making process thats special to you. This can be your favourite mug, blend of tea, strength or other quirks you may have!
  • Mention something about The Great Grid Upgrade campaign. For example:
    • What's a strong breeze got to do with a strong brew?
    • The Great Grid Upgrade is the largest overhaul of the electricity grid in generations.
  • Tag National Grid on one of the following social media platforms and mention the hashtags #BrewTheRightThing and #TheGreatGridUpgrade within the post.

LinkedIn: @nationalgrid

Instagram: @nationalgriduk

Twitter: @nationalgriduk

Facebook: @nationalgriduk

Top tips for a better chance of winning

We want you to be as creative as you like, so its up to you how you show your brew process, but here are a few ideas of what you might want to capture:

  • Get a large group of friends or colleagues involved for a group picture
  • A good brew can be enjoyed by everyone, young or old. Get the family involved. (And yes if youre wondering, hot chocolates count too!)
  • Show what makes your tea ritual unique, this could be a part of the process or even where you happen to be drinking your drink
  • Get nature involved, head outside and get creative
  • The Great Grid Upgrade is all about clean, green renewable energy, so if you have the opportunity to capture a part of your process alongside our process, please do!
  • A good brew is enjoyed far and wide. Find yourself on a boat offshore, in a van waiting for the rain to clear, on a building site, in a hospital saving lives, we want to see how tea keeps you going.
  • Feeling creative? Feel free to draw, paint or design your entry! Whether you made your own mug, or keep a cup of tea handy while you create your art, were interested.

GOOD LUCK – we cant wait to see what you create!

View our competition Terms and Conditions here.

From new jobs in clean energy to the exciting technology that’s getting us closer to net zero, you’ll find regular updates from #TheGreatGridUpgrade and more on our social media channels.