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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Lobbying success on SF6

Last week, the Committee voted through a compromise amendment that focused on the need for an independent review of alternative technologies.

Electricity Distribution plans submitted to Ofgem

RIIO has been used for the gas distribution and electricity transmission network price controls. For the DNOs, part of their planning, looking at innovation potential, has been part of their work for the Low Carbon Network Fund and is a critical part of developing the smarter networks that will help to meet the challenges of our energy future.

Eco Design regulations for transformers

Proposals currently being discussed in the EU around the regulations governing some networks equipment may pose significant manufacturing challenges for UK assets. Although the definitive version of the proposals is yet to be made available we understand the current wording is being discussed at EU ‘Cabinet’ level.

The scale of community benefit

How should communities who accept major infrastructure be offered to benefit?

DECC join industry to focus on the future of the gas networks

ENA along with the Gas Distribution Networks and National Grid participated in the meeting with senior DECC officials. Also present were key players in the area of gas policy. There were presentations from David Wagstaff, Head of Heat Strategy at DECC and from Marcus Stewart form National Grid, who chairs the ENA Gas Futures Group.

Smarter Network Portal Launch

The Smarter Networks Portal was launched this week to an anticipating audience waiting to get a glimpse of the future of the energy networks. People joined together to experience initial outcomes of the Low Carbon Networks Fund

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.

Labour's solutions to the energy industry's trust crisis

With the greatest customer engagement programme about to begin, albeit slightly later, through the rollout of smart meters, trust is going to be a major challenge. Edelman's work, specifically on trust, provides sombre reading for the energy industry.

DECC – will the last person to leave please turn out the lights

News from DECC recently seems to be about exits. The departure of Mr Hayes in circumstances that left some cynical tongues wagging has now been followed by some key departures amongst officials and advisers. Still reeling from the departure of the architect of the EMR Jonathan Brearley and the key figure behind the Energy Bill Ravi Gurumurthy we now hear that the PM’s energy adviser Ben Moxham is off to the Cabinet Office.

Delaying smart meter rollout is a smart decision. We now need smart engagement

The delay in smart metering had been widely discussed in the industry already, so the announcement from DECC wasn’t surprising. It was also widely welcomed.

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