Regulation Overview

ENA provide a forum for discussion among company members and others of issues that concern or may affect the interests of the UK energy networks industry and to disseminate informed opinions on these matters to the energy regulator, Ofgem, Government and other institutions.

Issues related to the operation and development of the UK's regulatory framework form a major part of this element of ENA's work and it is the role of ENA's Regulation Team to establish agreed policy positions on such issues for external communication by working closely with members' regulatory, legal, finance and commercial managers.

ENA supports the European Commission’s stated aim of establishing a cohesive energy policy for Europe. We believe there is a need for a strategic approach to energy issues across the EU - one based on a single market with a free flow and transparency of information and co-operation. Visit the Gas or Electricity Europe pages for further information on ENA’s European activities.


ENA work closely with a number of government and regulatory bodies, these include:


The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) brings together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation, energy, and climate change.


The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) are the UK government department responsible for policy and regulations on environmental, food and rural issues. Our priorities are to grow the rural economy, improve the environment and safeguard animal and plant health.


The Distribution Connection and Use of System Agreement (DCUSA) are concerned with the use of the electricity distribution systems to transport electricity to or from connections to them. The DCUSA replaced numerous bi-lateral contracts, giving a common and consistent approach to the relationships between these parties in the electricity industry. It is a requirement that all licensed electricity distributors and suppliers become parties to the DCUSA.


Ofgem is the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets. They are a non-ministerial government department and an independent National Regulatory Authority, recognised by EU Directives. Ofgem’s principal objective in carrying out our functions is to protect the interests of existing and future electricity and gas consumers.