Energy & Climate Change Committee identifies the need for a smarter network

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 10:30AM

Welcoming the Energy and Climate Change Committee report published today, Energy Networks Association Chief Executive David Smith said:

“It is reassuring to see this significant report recognising both the importance of an enduring role for gas and the critical role of empowering the public to be smarter in their energy usage, these were key to the evidence ENA provided the Committee.

“There is a vital part that smarter networks have to play in delivering energy efficiency and we are pleased to see the Committee identifying the need for much clearer, accurate information to help smarter customers understand the impact of their usage. The energy networks are up to the challenge of being a trusted voice on the essential area of demand response and having a close interaction with customers.”

On the call for greater gas storage from the Committee, David said:

“The ability to maintain a level of supply to meet demand, heat our homes and power energy intensive industries without the significant cost of infrastructure necessary for full electrification is dependent on a future for gas.

“Alongside the Committee’s call for greater Carbon Capture and Storage, the integration of bio-gas into the mix can make the most of unconventional sources of gas and reduce our reliance on overseas imports.”

Speaking about the Demand Side Response recommendations from the report, David said:

“We share the Committee’s concerns that more needs to be done to encourage energy efficiency and welcome their suggestion of providing greater information to customers and more work to establish the attitudes towards so-called ‘smart’ technologies.

“An independent report by Imperial College has shown that an integrated smarter network can save £16bn of infrastructure investment. If we can realise the full potential of such advances in technology then we will not only deliver energy efficiency and reduction but greater affordability and security of supply.”



ENA represents the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.

The Imperial College Report can be read here:

The summary of our evidence to the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee given in June 2011 is available here -

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