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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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.

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.

Shale - boldly exploring something we've been doing for almost a century


Wednesday's inaugural meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Unconventional Oil and Gas was used by Energy Minister Michael Fallon to send a strong message to the shale industry, and the media responded to help drive this home.

Thatcher’s legacy and the Energy Bill


Looking back to another age for energy policy was evoked last week by the death of Lady Thatcher. In all the discussions about her long premiership, the key theme was change and one of the main examples given was the transfer into private ownership of our gas and electricity industry. How long ago does it seem that we were implored to "tell Sid"? When our infrastructure was state owned and run by "Boards".

Flame 2013: A coherent EU energy policy is necessary for fully integrated market


Day 1 of the Flame 2013 Conference in Amsterdam.

Will it make a fracking difference?


Two weeks ago, in his Autumn Statement, Chancellor George Osborne announced changes to the tax regime to support gas and the Gas Strategy provided for an Office of Unconventional Gas to look at enabling fracking to access shale gas. Last week Secretary of State Ed Davey followed this by granting permission for exploratory drilling of shale gas with “stringent” controls to ensure it was safe and protected the environment.

The twelve issues this Christmas


As ever this year has been an eventful one for energy. As we look back over the past few Christmases we see how it has gone up the agenda and exploded into the public’s consciousness. For ENA that has meant ensuring that the vital role that networks play is not lost in the great debate. That has always been our role.

ENA Delta-ee Report finds that gas could play a role in heat way into the future


Gas could continue to have a vital role to play in heating people's homes way into the future according to a report published by ENA. The Report was prepared for ENA by Delta-ee. It has analysed the UK's housing stock in a detailed way looking at how the various heating technologies currently available could be effectively deployed.

A reshuffle of policy as well as people?


When Nigel Lawson announces his satisfaction with where the Government was going, is a Government described by its leader as “the greenest government ever” suddenly losing its green hue?