The ENA Blog

Welcome to the new ENA blog.

We want you to engage in these discussions with us so please share your comments and observations on the topics here.

Through this Blog we are looking to share some of the policy areas being debated and encourage you to be part of the discussions.

By representing both the electricity and gas networks we are withough prejudice to the type of energy. Our members serve one purpose - to keep our lights on, our homes warm and delivering this vital service to the businesses and industries of our economies in the most safe, reliable and affordable way.

Please check back here regularly for updates, tweet about it - you can follow and reference us as @EnergyNetworks - and most importantly, engage in the debate.

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Hurray for Polywood! Northern Powergrid trials innovation electricity poles that could save more than 90,000 trees a year

Northern Powergrid is championing a new sustainable ultra-strong wood pole manufacturing technique that reduces material use by up to 85%. The network operator is now calling on DNO colleagues to support the development of Pollywood…

With a little help from our friends – WPD and National Grid join forces in the West Country

Collaboration is vital to the future of both the transmission and distribution networks as the amount of low carbon generation increases.

As such, the industry is working together as part of the Open Networks project, taking a whole system approach to electricity…

Big Data is coming to the utility industry

As part of ENA’s Open Networks Project, Borsu Shahnavaz, Data Scientist, at UK Power Networks discusses the potential benefits of harnessing big data in the electricity industry.

ENA Announce Partnership At Utility Week Live 2018

Following on from the success of Utility Week Live 2017, Energy Networks Association have once again joined up as a supporter of the event for 2018.

A transformational energy vision helps transition to a bright energy future

As part of ENA’s Open Networks Project, Paul Bircham, Commercial Strategy & Support Director at Electricity North West discusses the transition to flexible Distribution ‘System’ Operator (DSO) model from the traditional Distribution Network Operator (DNO) model.

By 2050, the UK is tasked with achieving an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions. Last year, for the first time,…

Why Ofgem’s Mid-Period Review decision matters

“Today’s announcement is good news for consumers because it means they will continue to benefit from network companies delivering investment as cheaply as possible, without distraction.

“It will keep the cost of new infrastructure down through maintaining investor confidence. That is vital for Britain’s homes and businesses as network…

Why we don't agree with Citizens Advice

"The calculations underpinning this analysis are plucked out of thin air and run directly counter to the conclusions of the independent regulator and the Competition and Markets Authority. Network costs are down 17% under the current ownership model, delivering £9bn of savings for consumers by running a world-class system of energy networks more efficiently."

The Road to RIIO-2

Ofgem is currently consulting on the RIIO-2 price control framework for energy network companies in Great Britain. But what is RIIO-2 and why is it important?

Electricity Innovation Forum March 2018

On the 21st March 2018, Energy Networks Association hosted the first Electricity Innovation Forum, a joint dissemination event between Great Britain’s electricity networks, in Birmingham.

UK Taking The Next Step: From Mini Grids To Open Networks

Dr Stuart Johnston, Executive Director, Assets and Network Transformation at Energy Networks in Australia discusses the development of Open Networks in the UK and the collaboration with Australian networks.

Great Britain is busting open markets for Network Flexibility


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