Government sees vital role for the networks

29 November 2010

Government sees vital role for the networks

Energy Networks Association (ENA) today welcomed the statement from Government that "networks will be vital to enabling the transition to a low carbon economy." This came in its response to the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee report on ‘The future of Britain’s electricity networks’.

ENA also welcomed the Government’s recognition of the need to be proactive in network development and provide strategic leadership so that we are prepared for the future changes expected to Britain’s electricity system.

In its response to the Select Committee, the Government also highlighted the importance of investment in the networks to deliver on climate change targets.

ENA Chief Executive, David Smith, said:

"It is encouraging to see continued recognition of the vital role the networks will play in the transition to an affordable, secure and low carbon future for the UK.

"In the evidence ENA gave to the Committee last summer, we were keen to emphasise the role of Government in providing strategic direction. We welcome their comments today recognising the importance of early investment as essential for the development of a smarter grid."

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Notes to editor

1. The Government response came on the same day that Ofgem’s Low Carbon Networks Fund announced £62m for projects to support the move towards a Smart Grid. The Government highlighted the £500m fund over the next five years to support trials and the development of smart grids.

2. The Government’s response can be found at - http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmselect/cmenergy/629/62902.htm

3. Ofgem estimates that around £32 billion will have to be spent on wires and pipes over the next ten years to meet the challenging needs of energy producers and consumers as we decarbonise the energy sector, whilst maintaining security of supply.

4. ENA represents the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for electricity and gas in the UK and Ireland.

For further information please contact:

Tim Field, Press and Public Affairs Executive
Energy Networks Association
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