UK Energy Networks Outline Ten Priorities for the New Government

For immediate release - Tuesday 21 April 2015

The energy networks which deliver electricity and gas around the country and into our homes and businesses play a vital role in all of our lives. Whatever the outcome of the upcoming election, the new Government will preside over an important five years for the networks and the wider energy industry which will determine the long term future of the UK energy sector.

To help inform the important debates to come, Energy Networks Association (ENA) has outlined ten priority areas which a new Government must consider to ensure secure and affordable networks which will deliver the transition to a low carbon economy.

‘General Election 2015: The Agenda for Energy Networks’ calls on the Government to deliver a stable regulatory environment and effective connections policy; investment in skills and innovation; increased interconnector capacity and the right conditions for long term infrastructure planning. The vital role of the gas networks and green gas is also emphasised, alongside the need to continue supporting fuel poor communities through connections to the gas grid.

David Smith, Chief Executive of ENA said, "Our energy networks underpin all aspects of life in modern society, and the conversations around their future should involve the widest possible group of stakeholders. New MPs will need to be engaged in the energy debate over the next Parliament and beyond and ‘The Agenda for Energy Networks’ sets out ten requirements to help networks deliver for customers through high performance and lower costs."

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Information for editors:

ENA is the voice of the networks representing the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.

The full ‘Agenda for Networks’ document is available at energynetworks.org/news/publications

For further information please contact:

Matthew Pringle
Press and Public Affairs Officer
Energy Networks Association

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