Clean Growth Strategy: More must be done to recognise role of energy networks in decarbonisation policy

12th October 2017

Energy Networks Association has today responded to the publication of the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy.

Commenting, CEO David Smith says:

“We welcome many of the proposals and acknowledgement of the important role of network innovation in meeting our climate change targets. But there needs to be far greater recognition that the strategic use of our energy networks in a joined-up way is the quickest and cheapest way to utilise new technologies.

“The energy efficiency call for evidence is welcome. Customer engagement is key to delivering domestic measures and Network Operators lead the energy sector in terms of customer satisfaction levels. They have proven their potential to deliver through existing fuel poverty schemes.

“Government policy needs to set out the strategic role for the gas network, alongside the electricity grid, in meeting our climate change targets. Decarbonising gas is the cheapest way to meet our carbon commitments and gas network companies have already begun the process of deploying new sources of green gas, such as bio-methane and hydrogen, at more than 80 sites across the UK. The strategy recognises their potential as part of the 2050 pathways but more needs to be done to give it a far greater role in policy than is currently the case.”

 

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Notes to editors

  • The Clean Growth Strategy can be found online at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-reaffirms-commitment-to-lead-the-world-in-cost-effective-clean-growth
  • Energy Networks Association is the voice of the UK’s energy networks, representing the UK’s 15 electricity and gas transmission and distribution network operators.
  • ENA members serve over 30 million customers in all corners of the UK, whilst managing £62bn of assets that employ 30,000 people in communities across the country. 
  • By 2020 the UK’s energy networks will have delivered £80bn of investment since 1990, whilst reducing costs to the customer by 17%. In the next six years alone they are forecast by Ofgem to deliver £45bn of investment across the UK.
  • Ofgem figures show that innovation by our energy networks has already enabled close to £1bn of cost savings that will be delivered between now and 2023, clearly demonstrating the economic potential of smarter networks.
  • A wide range of different network innovation projects can be found online through the Smarter Networks Portal online at http://www.smarternetworks.org/
  • For more information contact:

Edward Gill

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