Energy Networks Association's response to Scottish Government’s Vision for Scotland’s electricity and gas networks

Responding to the Scottish Government’s “Vision for Scotland’s electricity and gas networks” David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association, says:

“We welcome the publication of the Scottish Government’s Vision for the networks. Energy networks have been investing heavily in Scotland to significantly reduce the number and length of power cuts while keeping gas flowing safely to heat peoples’ homes. This is reflected in the record levels of customer satisfaction.

 "As we look towards the 2020s, the public must be at the heart of the Government’s vision so we support the approach of looking at how the whole system works together to help reduce emissions and keep bills low. We agree that trials for options such as dedicated hydrogen networks will be vital to develop the solutions customers want.

“As new technologies like electric vehicles or smart hybrid heating systems are chosen, the networks are already changing the way they manage the system. We back the Scottish Government’s vision for a low carbon gas network with roles for hydrogen and biomethane along with a smart, flexible electricity network to provide the best service for the public.”

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Notes to editors

  • 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.
  • The Open Networks Project is a major industry project that is laying the foundations of the smart grid by redefining the responsibilities of electricity network operators in Great Britain. It is also informing similar developments in Ireland. It brings together all of the UK and Ireland’s electricity network operators, the Scottish Government, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the energy regulator Ofgem, as well as leading academics, trade associations and NGOs.

Peter Kocen

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