Electricity Networks Innovation Strategy
As a part of the Transmission and Distribution Licenses, the Gas and Electricity Networks produce joint innovation strategies, at least every two years. ENA, as the voice of the networks, has coordinated the development of these strategies on behalf of the Gas and Electricity Networks.
Below you will find the latest Electricity Network Innovation Strategy, as well as the results of recent extensive stakeholder feedback, which was undertaken throughout the development of the strategy.
The latest Electricity Network Innovation Strategy was published on 31st March 2020, alongside an ‘At A Glance’ summary strategy for both Gas and Electricity Networks. You can find the documents here:
- Electricity Network Innovation Strategy 2020
- At A Glance Summary - Gas and Electricity Network Innovation Strategy 2020
- Gas Network Innovation Strategy 2020
The Strategies have been designed to identify the most important challenges and opportunities facing Great Britain’s energy networks in supporting the delivery of the UK’s Net Zero carbon emissions targets, and delivering essential services to customers across the country. Innovation helps us deliver those goals by trialling new technology and approaches, and the Strategies also set out how we share knowledge across the sector and with the wider industry.
Building on this approach in partnership with our stakeholders, the revised and refreshed Electricity Network Innovation Strategy has set out to encourage: wider participation within innovation, shared learning and collaboration across industry, coordinated action on priority areas that offer significant potential benefit and to minimise duplication. You can find out more about our Stakeholder Engagement process below.
In the Strategy, we have:
- Highlighted our key stakeholders and what our high-level ambitions are for network innovation
- Set out the role that our existing electricity infrastructure can play in meeting demand for power, heat and transport now and in the future.
- Outlined our strategic objectives for innovation and divided the challenges we face into:
- 5 shared network innovation themes
- 5 key principles which underpin our innovation activity
- Download the 2020 stakeholder engagement feedback below
- Download the full 2018 Electricity Network Innovation Strategy (published 29th March 2018) here
ENA and its Members believe that in order to develop a successful and well-informed Electricity Network Innovation Strategy, it is essential that wider input from industry is incorporated. Stakeholder feedback and input is crucial, and hence we have undertaken extensive consultation throughout the development of the strategy. We want to thank all parties who helped input to the strategy, and strongly encourage any other interested parties to participate in future innovation activities with the Electricity Networks, including subsequent updates to the Electricity Network Innovation Strategy. The following sections detail the consultation that was undertaken during the development of this strategy, in chronological order.
As part of the delivery plan, ENA ran an online consultation from 11th November 2019 until 9th December 2019 to seek views from stakeholders around engagement with innovation activities, feedback on the 2018 published innovation strategy documents, and the proposed initial content of the revised strategies. Two associated webinars were delivered to provide further feedback to the proposed content. The feedback from this has been considered and a summary of this consultation can be found here.
ENA and its Members also hosted two stakeholder workshops; one in Glasgow on 14th January 2020 and another at the ENA office in London on 22nd January 2020. These stakeholder workshops built on the feedback gained from the online consultation and aforementioned webinars. The purpose of these workshops was to engage stakeholders and to obtain feedback on the analysis and draft revisions of the Innovation Strategies. A summary of these stakeholder workshops can be found here.
The feedback and comments from these stakeholder workshops, as well as the online consultations, have been carefully considered, and the final Innovation Strategy documents updated accordingly.