Flint praises the role of the networks to “make things happen”

For immediate release - Thursday 17 October 2013

Speaking at the Energy Networks Association (ENA) 10 year anniversary Well Connected Reception last night (Wednesday), Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Caroline Flint praised the networks as enablers and encouraged their continued efforts to speak up about their contribution:

“I am delighted to be here celebrating your 10th birthday. Often the debate is about the Big 6 but it is very important as we go into new territory that we look at the role of the networks to make things happen.

“Not only are the sources of energy changing but technology to harness it and get it into our homes more effectively is required to, so I am really pleased this association is in place to inform that discussion.

“I recognise the work taking place to develop a smart grid too and I’m really pleased to see while the sector is made of many companies that they are all collaborating for a wider benefit to consumers.”

Speaking about the role of gas, Caroline said:

“Gas will play a role for a long time to come and I assure you I can see that the networks are at the forefront of innovation in gas too. It will remain an important part of the overall picture.”

Opening the Reception, ENA Chairman and Chief Executive of Electricity North West, Steve Johnson said:

“When you look back over the 10 years of work at ENA and by its members, at the core has been the safety and technical aspects that matter so much to the day-to-day operation. 10 years ago it really was about starting to find a voice and telling our story. The networks weren’t well known, but here we are now, front and centre in the debate on future energy policy.

“In the last few years it has delivered primary legislation on metal theft, resisted the potential multi-billion pound cost to consumers of EU legislation on SF6 and shifted policy on the future role of gas.

“At a time when our energy future will change more in the next 20 or 30 years than it has in the last 70, ENA will continue to be a voice for an informed debate. A debate that will be about a low carbon economy, security of supply, reliability but more than ever before it will be about affordability.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

ENA is the voice of the networks representing the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.

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