Nationwide grid stated it absolutely was open to stopping its part handling the uks electricity system next reports it may be removed of their responsibilities managing the countrys offer and demand.

Ofgem, the vitality regulator, was examining the matter after recommendations from politicians and academics that a community human anatomy should take charge associated with the system as the country strives to meet up with a 2050 goal to reduce emissions to web zero.

Press reports on week-end proposed a determination could come soon after a federal government power white report that has been repeatedly delayed, but is expected before xmas.

We remain open to the [system operator] part evolving in the years ahead, said john pettigrew, chief executive of nationwide grid, although he insisted the plans had worked really.

Long lasting result is, it requires to be something that is stable for the next many years even as we gear as much as provide web zero [and] it must ensure that it aids the general schedule around net zero significantly more than the present institutional arrangement does, mr pettigrew stated after posting the companys half-year outcomes on thursday.

The electricity system operator ended up being spun into a legitimately individual entity following an earlier analysis in 2017 but still continues to be area of the national grid group.

It accounted for about 3 per cent of teams 1.15bn of underlying running profits the 6 months to september 30, of down 12 % year-on-year due to coronavirus-related expenses such as for example higher bad debts from united states customers.

Mr pettigrew stated it was too-early to state the way the business should be recompensed should it be stripped regarding the part.

Nationwide grid is also awaiting a regulatory decision in december that may determine returns for power community organizations from april next year. ofgem proposed in july to slash comes back by nearly half.

Mr pettigrew stated the company was at just about every day talks utilizing the regulator, adding he was hopeful we will reach a sensible outcome.

National grid said on thursday it planned to carry on raising its dividend at the least in line with rising prices regardless of the knock to its profits from the pandemic.

Fundamental running revenue, which strips out excellent things, dropped to 1.1bn in 6 months to september 30 from 1.3bn, although on a statutory foundation it enhanced 13 % to 1.1bn while the business benefited from one off gains, including from commodity remeasurements.

The group had alreadywarned in junethat its main working profit would take a 400m hit over the complete 12 months, although it thinks it could recuperate most of the influence in the future years.

Stocks were up marginally, by about 0.5 per cent, at midday in london.