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.

Please check back here regularly for updates, tweet about it - you can follow and reference us as @EnergyNetworks - and most importantly, engage in the debate.

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Progress towards solution for SF6 ban

Discussions on the potential ban on the use of SF6 gas, which we highlighted in our press release two weeks ago, continue and ENA has met with key UK MEPs on the Environment Committee to brief them.

SHE2013 – a focus on trust, leadership and the individual

As an industry with significant risk to be mitigated, keeping the workforce and the public safe is a constant endeavour, one that the electricity industry has made a priority. Coming together last week to address issues and share best practice, health and safety practitioners from across the electricity networks, generators and contractors focused on one of the most difficult parts of managing this complex topic - personal responsibility.

Solar ambitions

The Government's Solar Strategy recently pointed to a target of 20+GW of solar energy by 2020 This is a marked increase on the 2.5GW currently online at the moment and for a number of reasons is an ambitious figure. Take up so far was described by Climate Change Minister Greg Barker as "breathtaking" when he spoke at the Large Scale Solar UK Conference in Truro, Cornwall last week.

Smart EU regulation to end gold-plating

New Energy Minister Michael Fallon delivered a speech to Open Europe, a think tank that seeks political and economic reform in the EU, on the same day as announcing a new plan to challenge the gold-plating of EU legislation in the UK.

Seizing the smart grid opportunity

An industry-wide conference on seizing the opportunities for a smart grid last week (Tuesday 16 April) heard from Government, Ofgem, the EU Commission and the industry itself on smart grid development and the challenges to be overcome for the benefit of UK Plc. The conference was co-hosted by Energy Networks Association, SmartGrid GB, BEAMA, Intellect and Energy UK.

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".

Utilities and Social Media

Globally, social media through its many platforms has taken off. It is the essential part of shaping a brand for a product or corporate identity; it is used for engagement with current and potential consumers and at a time when genuine trust is broadly reserved for people's existing networks and friends; (97% trusting word of mouth over 47% trusting adverts) there is a need to be part of the conversation about you.

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

Day 1 of the Flame 2013 Conference in Amsterdam.

Two Energy Ministers and a Greek philosopher

If you are an observer of energy policy over time things have a habit of repeating themselves. I suppose this is the same for any area of human endeavour but it seems ever more recurrent in our particular patch.

Back to the future as MPs propose energy renationalisation

This week some Labour MPs called for the renationalisation of the energy industry and proposed the creation of a ‘National Energy Corporation’.

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