This week talking to Lord Jenkin at the launch of Smarter Networks Portal, the first of its kind, illustrated in stark relief the new solutions a smarter network offers to solve the problems that Patrick Jenkin had to grapple with all those years ago. Let us not underestimate its impact - it brought down a government back then.
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ENA was very sorry to hear of the untimely death of the Rt Hon Lord Peter Fraser of Carmyllie QC, at the age of 68 on 23 June 2013.
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.
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".
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.
This week some Labour MPs called for the renationalisation of the energy industry and proposed the creation of a ‘National Energy Corporation’.
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.
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.
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.
Wales' First Minister Carwyn Jones has called for "enhanced and restructured" devolution through a new Government of Wales Act.