Energising the future as gas and electricity networks turn the heat up on innovation for the UK’s largest smart grid conference

For immediate release - Thursday 2 August 2018

The UK’s gas and electricity networks are inviting all energy stakeholders, innovators and pioneers to join them on 16-17 October for the eighth annual Low Carbon Network Innovation (LCNI) Conference in Telford.

As innovation in energy is moving so quickly, this is the best place for stakeholders from the world of energy and beyond to come together to share ideas, best practice and look to take a whole systems approach to shape the future energy landscape.

Energy networks are energised in their focus to rise to the challenges of decarbonisation, digitisation, and decentralisation and, at this year’s conference, are trying new ways of promoting new ideas and new thinking.

This year, for the first time ever, selected SMEs and start-ups will take part in a Dragon’s Den event on the afternoon of the 17 October. The winner or winners will be selected by a panel of judges, and will receive £10,000 to develop further a full proposal for a Network Innovation Allowance project.

The conference is hosted by Energy Networks Association. It brings together in one place all the UK’s gas and electricity network companies, Government, regulators and the key industry spokespeople from across the country to provide attendees with a unique opportunity to engage and shape electricity and gas network innovation.

Contributors this year include senior representatives of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Ofgem, Energy Systems Catapult, Imperial College, Newcastle University and Strathclyde University.

David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association, comments:

“The LCNI is the largest electricity and gas smart grid conference in the UK and brings together leading stakeholders from across energy innovation. We have one of the most reliable networks in the world and we are recognised globally for our pioneering work on developing a smarter grid. We are active across the UK and we make sure that communities, households and businesses benefit from our activity. This event is a must-attend conference for anyone with an interest in that.”

“The networks are rising to the challenge of delivering a secure, low carbon and low cost energy system so there is a huge opportunity for consumers, for businesses and for energy innovators to take part. We look forward to warmly welcoming attendees to Telford to be part of it.”


Notes to Editors

  • The Energy Networks Association (ENA) represents the companies that operate and maintain the gas and electricity grid network in the UK and Ireland. Serving over 30 million customers, they are responsible for the transmission and distribution network of “wires and pipes” that keep our lights on, our homes warm and our businesses running.
  • The LCNI will be held on Tuesday-Wednesday 16-17 October 2018.
  • Tickets are available here.

For further information please contact:

Peter Kocen
Senior Press and Public Affairs Manager
Energy Networks Association

T: +44 (0) 20 7706 5118
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