Energy Networks Association Outlines Priorities for New Energy and Climate Change Committee

For Immediate Release - Tuesday 18 August 2015

Energy Networks Association, the voice of the UK and Ireland’s gas and electricity networks, has outlined three key areas of consideration for the new Energy and Climate Change Select Committee (ECCC).

In its latest inquiry, the ECCC has sought the views and concerns of industry to inform the Committee’s work as they prepare to scrutinise Government policy over the next five years.

ENA Chief Executive David Smith said:

"The next five years of this Parliament will determine the UK’s long term energy future, and the new Energy and Climate Change Committee will play a crucial role in scrutinising Government policy during this influential period.

"Our submission summarises three areas which the Committee should keep in mind as it carries out its work. ENA looks forward to working closely with MPs to ensure that energy policy meets the interests of customers and delivers affordability and security in a low carbon future."

ENA’s submission highlights:

  • The importance of stability and investor certainty in the regulation of networks, to ensure that companies are able to keep delivering excellent value for customers.
  • The need to consider the long term impact of energy policies and how short term aims affect wider energy goals. This approach will be particularly important in defining a credible strategy for incorporating new renewables on the network.
  • The vital role of the gas network in ensuring a secure and affordable transition to a low carbon future.

ENA set out 10 key policy areas for the government before the election in the "Agenda for Energy Networks".

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Notes to 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.

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