The ENA Blog

Welcome to the new ENA blog.

We want you to engage in these discussions with us so please share your comments and observations on the topics here.

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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Lib Dems begin to draw ‘green’ battle lines


A new book was previewed in Westminster this week ahead of their Spring Conference launch in Brighton. “The Green Book: New Directions for Liberals in Government” is a book of the Lib Dems, by the Lib Dems and for the Lib Dems, with messages that also resonated with the attendees. There was a sizeable audience from the worlds of politics, academia, business, NGO’s and pressure groups who all welcomed the book but didn’t give the panel an easy ride.

Ofgem publish Strategy Decision


The Times and Utility Week approached us for comment this week on the publication of Ofgem’s Strategy Decision. A key milestone on the path to next price control period. This will be followed by the submission in July of the electricity distribution network operators submission of their Business Plans.

ENA holds first Supplier Forum


In advance of the Strategy Decision publication and the submission of the Business Plans ENA has hosted its first Suppliers Forum. All the large and a wide range of the small suppliers were at the event.

Mr Buchannan and the UK Energy Watch app


There is a really interesting app that we at ENA have come across the other day at the suggestion of Prof Mike Stephenson of the British Geological Survey. It is called the UK Energy Watch App and it takes data from National Grid every five minutes setting out where our electricity generation is coming from. It can become highly addictive.

Further devolution for Wales as we move closer to possible Scottish independence


Wales' First Minister Carwyn Jones has called for "enhanced and restructured" devolution through a new Government of Wales Act.

768 words to find an alternative to burning more


Outgoing Chief Executive of Ofgem, Alistair Buchanan, issued a stark warning yesterday one that should be taken seriously. However, when he reached his 769th word he began a sentence that hit the nub of alternatives to just burning more.

ENA celebrates as new laws will deal firm blow to metal thieves


It was perhaps appropriate that on the day the Scrap Metal Dealers Bill passed its final Parliamentary (if only formal) hurdle that ENA were chairing a conference of local government officials on the issue.

Children’s hard hitting film warns their peers about the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning


On Friday 1 February, the Dominic Rodgers Trust, Kirklees Carbon Monoxide Action Group and pupils from Netherhall Learning Campus met with members of the Gas Industry Safety Group (GISG) at ENA’s offices to show their recently produced carbon monoxide awareness DVD, which was funded by GISG and Scotia Gas Networks. CO champion and Chair of the All Party Group on CO Barry Sheerman MP was on hand also to launch the new film.

Would DC kill off our DC?


This week saw Europe take centre stage and the much anticipated and hyped up speech from Prime Minister David Cameron (the first DC). At the same time we, as ENA, went to Brussels to address MEPs and policy makers on the importance of the role of the distribution networks in delivering Europe’s energy ambitions.

Hayes the pugilist


Even as the young Year 2013 begun to make its first few tentative steps our Energy Minister John Hayes was busy firing up the debate and at the same time entertaining us with his repartee. Regaling us in the House Magazine (the trade mag for Parliamentarians) about his boxing exploits and his childhood on a council estate in South London. And yet this is a politician who has also wowed the political arena with his knowledge of philosophy and his soaring rhetoric.

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