A smarter network can help create jobs and save you money

For immediate release – Wednesday 23 May 2012

Today (23 May) Energy Networks Association (ENA) welcomed the publication of the Scottish Smart Grid Strategy. The strategy sets out how Scotland could see 12,000 new jobs by 2020 through adoption of smarter network technology.

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond announced the strategy at the All-Energy event in Aberdeen. Speaking at the Conference today on behalf of ENA is Martin Hill of Scottish Power Energy Networks who has been working on the strategy. He will talk about how ENA members are helping deliver a smarter network.

David Smith Chief Executive of ENA said: "We have been discussing the benefits of smarter networks with the Scottish Government for some time and are very pleased that the strategy has been launched. The clear message is that smarter networks will deliver affordable, sustainable and secure energy. At the same time they will also deliver major economic growth and jobs.

David went on to say: "Energy Minister Charles Hendry also said today at All-Energy that 'we must shout from the roof tops' the benefits of working in the energy sector. The development of smarter networks is a key component of that positive message."

Notes:

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

  2. In Martin Hill's presentation today he will set out how ENA has been coordinating the work by network companies to deliver a smarter grid. This work centres on the DECC/Ofgem Low Carbon Networks Fund. ENA is holding a major conference to discuss this work on 25–26 October in Cardiff to be opened by the Welsh First Minister. Details of how to attend can be found by contacting [email protected], 020 7706 5114.

  3. ENA also have a stand at the All-Energy Conference where we are discussing the potential for the smarter network and the work we are doing with the leading companies in the Scottish energy sector.

ENDS

For further information please contact:

Tim Field MCIPR,
Press and Public Affairs Executive
Energy Networks Association

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