UK Energy Networks Showcase World Leading Innovation

The UK energy industry’s biggest network innovation event opened in Manchester today, drawing 1,300 delegates from 19 countries around the world to the annual Low Carbon Network Innovation Conference (LCNI).
 
LCNI, which is hosted by Energy Networks Association (ENA), brings together gas and electricity network companies, Government, regulators and key industry stakeholders to showcase smart network developments and share learning to help achieve the UK’s transition to a low carbon economy. Innovation in smart networks will be crucial to maintaining a secure and affordable energy system as the UK meets its climate change targets.
 
Since the inaugural conference in 2011 LCNI has grown significantly each year to become the largest smart grid event in the UK, demonstrating advances in technologies such as Demand Side Response, energy storage and green gas.
 
Energy Networks Association Chief Executive David Smith said, “Network innovation projects are vital to overcoming the fundamental challenges our energy system faces, from connecting and balancing renewables, to decarbonising heat and transport, and improving energy efficiency.
 
These challenges are common across the world, and the remarkable global appeal of LCNI reflects the successful approach to innovation we have adopted in the UK. We are well placed to become a world leader in the increasingly important field of smart networks.”
 
Dermot Nolan, chief executive of Ofgem, said: “As the energy system transforms, the role that innovation can play has become a key question for policymakers and regulators.
 
New technologies are accelerating structural changes in the market and have created new business models and products.
 
I invite industry to work with us to ensure the potential from these developments is harnessed so that consumers benefit.”
 
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Notes 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.
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