Gas Networks Joint Stakeholder Engagement

As the Gas Distribution and Transmission networks develop business plans for RIIO-2 (the regulatory ‘price control’ for 2021-26) they have consulted widely with customers, users, green gas suppliers and other industry stakeholders to understand their priorities. This engagement has taken place within individual networks, and collectively through ENA. Joint national stakeholder research was undertaken through an agency, Accent, to ensure its rigour and independence.

In 2018, we published results of our survey on business plan priorities, which can be found here.

In early 2019, ENA held a workshop for national industry customers and stakeholders to understand their priorities in more detail. This day-long event brought together a wide range of different interests, including government and regulatory agencies, energy industry, private businesses, consumer groups and academics. Through structured, facilitated sessions, attendees discussed the key challenges facing the gas networks, and their own priorities for RIIO-2 business plans.

Key feedback included:

    • Stakeholders “emphasised the need for urgency in putting the stepping stones in place to reach decarbonisation targets” and feel that “new models for incentivising innovation may be required”
    • They want a “broad definition of ‘whole systems’” and “more collaboration between networks (gas but also gas-electricity), particularly in relation to innovation
    • Stakeholders see risks to delivery on decarbonisation in
      • Lack of clear direction in heat policy
      • Time constraints of the RIIO price control period
      • Cost pressures on networks

You can read the full report here, and watch a film summarising the workshop and individual views here.