The ENA Blog

Welcome to the new ENA blog.

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Through this Blog we are looking to share some of the policy areas being debated and encourage you to be part of the discussions.

By representing both the electricity and gas networks we are withough prejudice to the type of energy. Our members serve one purpose - to keep our lights on, our homes warm and delivering this vital service to the businesses and industries of our economies in the most safe, reliable and affordable way.

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European Utility Week Conference 2014


This week Europe’s energy industry gathered in Amsterdam for the European Utility Week Conference 2014.

Long term policy, not short term intervention


Opening the Guardian's Big Energy Debate fringe at the Conservative conference, Damien Carrington remarked on the lack of any significant policy announcements on energy. Rather than this being seen as a challenge by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Baroness Verma explained that what the industry needed was certainty from a consistent policy approach.

A freeze of prices but not policy


Last year's market intervention bombshell was always going to be a difficult act to follow for Labour. Something was needed to maintain momentum and it came in the unlikely disguise of energy efficiency.

Labour Big Energy Debate Fringe


ENA is partnering with The Guardian as part of its 'Big Energy Debate'...

Caroline Flint gives green gas the green light


EUA and IGEM today (14 May 2014) co-hosted the 2014 Gas Industry Awards in Central London. These annual Awards recognise the exceptional and innovative work carried out by the gas industry, with the Awards sponsored by an abundance of highly regarded industry organisations, this truly is an all encompassing event that celebrates great talent.

European Gas Regulatory Forum - Madrid


The opening of the 25th Meeting of the European Gas Regulatory Forum here in Madrid was today (6 May 2014) disrupted by a large group of employees of the Comision Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC) (the Forum’s venue) protesting at having not being paid for a number of months and accusing the President of the CNMC of cronyism.

ENA debates broadband in EU Parliament


This week (Tuesday 2 October) ENA provided insight and guidance for EU decision makers in Brussels, including MEPs and European Commission officials, at the European Parliament in a debate that addressed the ‘pros and cons’ of the electricity, gas and water companies sharing their existing infrastructure with telecommunications companies (Telcos) as they roll-out broadband across Europe.

Was Ed too hard an act to follow?


Following on from Ed Miliband’s pledge to freeze energy prices was always going to be a challenge for the Conservatives at their Party Conference. There had been support and derision of his promise in broadly equal measure from those commentating on it. Bold in a political sense for many reasons and challenging in a practical one for many more.

Gas to Cash Conference


Northern Gas Networks (NGN) and IGEM today hosted the Gas to Cash Conference in York to explore how farmers can make money from their existing operations by producing biomethane for injection into the natural gas network.

The promise to freeze all promises


There had been plenty trailed about the energy announcements that were going to be made by the Shadow Energy Team at the Labour Party Conference. Of all the Shadow Cabinet in recent months, Caroline Flint has been the most vocal and damaging to government. But nothing could have prepared the industry for Ed Miliband’s announcement of a freeze on energy prices for 20 months from the General Election in 2015 if a Labour Government is elected.