Gas

Gas Network Innovation Strategy

As a part of the Transmission and Distribution Licences, the Gas and Electricity Networks are required to produce a joint innovation strategy. ENA will be coordinating the development of these strategies on behalf of the Gas and Electricity Networks.

Below you will find the latest version of the Gas Network Innovation Strategy, as well as the results of extensive stakeholder feedback, which was undertaken throughout the development of the strategy.

Strategy  

The Gas Network Innovation Strategy was first published in March 2018, and will be updated by the Gas Networks every 2 years at a minimum.

It was designed to identify the most important challenges and opportunities facing the GB gas transmission and distribution networks in improving our efficiency and supporting the UK’s commitment to decarbonise its energy system, which innovative projects can help to address.

  • Read our 'at a glance' summary of the Gas Network Innovation Strategy here
  • Download the full Gas Network Innovation Strategy here

In the Strategy, we have

  • Set out the role that our existing gas infrastructure can play in meeting demand for power, heat and transport now and in the future.
  • Divided the challenges we face into seven themes.
  • Agreed strategic aims which set out the areas in which we are particularly keen to make progress over the coming two years.

Stakeholder engagement

The Gas Network Innovation Strategy provides an opportunity for the wider industry to get involved and help to shape the future of gas and networks in the UK. We have worked closely with the GB electricity networks, and partners around the industry, to identify opportunities for collaborative projects in future. By working together, we can drive innovation that will benefit consumers. The best way to do this is to co-ordinate our activities as networks, share our learning and avoid duplication.

ENA and its Members believe that in order to develop a successful and well-informed Gas Network Innovation Strategy, it is essential that wider input from industry is incorporated. Stakeholder feedback and input is very important, and hence we have undertaken extensive consultation throughout the development of the strategy. We want to thank all parties who helped input to the strategy, and strongly encourage any other interested parties to participate in future innovation activities with the Gas Networks, including subsequent updates to the Gas Network Innovation Strategy. 

In developing the Strategy, we ran an open consultation process in autumn 2017. The views and opinions of a wide range of industry partners have helped us to develop a Strategy that is led by the needs of industry and consumers, and reflects the wider context for network innovation. You can read a summary of the consultation process and the responses we received here.

If you have an idea for a network innovation project which will help us deliver our strategy, you can submit it to the networks via http://www.nicollaborationportal.org/

For more information about the Strategy and gas innovation, please contact Matt Hindle, Head of Gas, via [email protected].

Innovation Strategy Update

ENA, on behalf of its industry members within the Gas & Innovation Governance Group (GIGG) and Electricity Innovation Managers (IM), launched an invitation to tender (ITT) on Friday, 16 August 2019, to appoint a consultant who will:

  • Assist in the revision of our Gas and Electricity Network Innovation Strategies to be published in March 2020
    • The existing versions of these can be found on our website here and here
  • Work in collaboration with the Gas and Electricity Networks via ENA
  • Engage with industry stakeholders

Should you be interested in this piece of work, please find the complete ITT (including Scope of Services) here alongside the Award Criteria here.

Please note that we have addressed all clarifying questions recieved as of Friday, 23 August, and shared a compiled list anonymously with all invitees who have expressed interest in our proposal. The list of Q&A responses for prospective tenderers can also be found here.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with [email protected] or Evie Trolove at [email protected].