Parliamentary Candidates Urged to Know Their Energy Networks

• Gas and electricity network companies are local companies operating in every constituency in the UK, with a national impact
• Get to know what that role is now – and for the future – says the Energy Networks Association, as it publishes information for all candidates in the UK’s 650 constituencies
• Call comes as deadline for Parliamentary candidate nominations in the General Election is passed
 
Parliamentary candidates up and down the country are being urged to get to know the companies responsible for running their local electricity and gas grids today. 
The call comes from Energy Networks Association (ENA) as the deadline for nominating candidates for the June General Election formally passed at 4pm on Thursday 11th May. The ENA represents the UK’s gas and electricity grid operators.
 
Parliamentary hopefuls will shortly receive a ‘Know Their Networks’ pledge card with information from ENA, about their local gas and electricity network operator, as well as key facts and figures about network infrastructure. The ENA wants candidates to understand the vital service network companies deliver for their customers both nationally and locally, including:  
 
• Energy network companies employ 30,000 people across the UK and are responsible for serving 30 million customers
• They will have invested £80 billion in energy grids by 2020, with costs falling 17% since privatisation. 
• Power cut occurrence fell by 9% last year with a reduction of 50% over the last 15 years.
• Gas networks are fighting fuel poverty, connecting over 91,000 fuel poor homes to the network. 
• Network companies score over 80% for customer satisfaction.
 
ENA Chief Executive David Smith said:
 
“Our energy network companies are local companies with a national impact. They are a part of our communities, responsible for running our local infrastructure to keep our lights on, our homes warm and our businesses running up and down the country. It is important that local candidates have an understanding of these companies and the service they provide if they want to properly represent their constituents.”
 
“At the national level new MPs will need to be engaged in the energy debate over the next Parliament and understand how the networks are adapting infrastructure to provide secure, affordable energy and support new economic opportunities.”  
 
Energy Networks Association has also published “The Agenda for Energy Networks 2017” setting out five key energy priorities for policymakers in the next Parliament. 
 
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Notes to editors
 
• ENA’s Candidate Pledge Card is available here
 
• The Energy Networks Association (ENA) represents the companies that operate and maintain the gas and electricity grid network in the UK and Ireland. Serving over 30 million customers, they are responsible for the transmission and distribution network of “wires and pipes” that keep our lights on, our homes warm and our businesses running.
 
• By 2020, the UK’s energy networks will have attracted some £80 billion of investment since 1990, helping deliver one of the most reliable energy networks in the world and with some of the lowest network costs in Europe.
 
• The cost paid by customers for this high level of performance has fallen by 17% since privatisation and is projected to remain flat into the next decade.
 
• UK energy networks are amongst the most reliable in the world and are recognised for their leading performance that meets the needs of all consumers, whether they be domestic and business.
 
• There has been a reduction in power cuts of 30% since 2002 and the reliability of the transmission networks and gas distribution network is over 99.9%. Last year power cut occurrence fell by 9%, with a reduction of over 50% over the last fifteen year period.
 
• Regular satisfaction surveys conducted by Ofgem with a range of customers show consistent satisfaction of more than 80% in the services provided by network companies, putting networks above any energy supply company and amongst the very best performers in the UK Customer Satisfaction Index.
 
• For further information please contact:
 
 Matthew Pringle
 
Press and Public Affairs Officer
 
Energy Networks Association
 
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