UK Power Networks CEO Basil Scarsella announced as Chairman of ENA

For immediate release – Wednesday 5 November 2014

Basil Scarsella, Chief Executive of UK Power Networks, one of the largest electricity distribution networks in the country has been announced as the next Chairman of industry trade body Energy Networks Association (ENA). Basil takes over from Steve Johnson, Chief Executive of Electricity North West.

The energy networks in the UK are more prominent now than they have been for decades. Recent severe weather, the increase in renewable energy and local community generation as well as the diversification of our gas sources all show why the electricity and gas networks in the UK are so essential to enable our low carbon economy and energy security.

ENA Chief Executive David Smith said:

“I’m delighted to have someone as knowledgeable and capable as Basil as our next Chairman. Steve Johnson has been a fantastic champion of the role of the networks and I would like to thank him for bringing such enthusiasm to the task.

“Our electricity networks will adapt to the most significant challenges and innovation opportunities over the coming decades. Gas will continue to play a vital role in ensuring a secure and affordable low carbon energy future. Basil’s experience of both these sectors will build on ENA’s input to the debate on energy.

Basil Scarsella, Chairman of the ENA and Chief Executive Officer of UK Power Networks said:

“It is a privilege to be taking over the Chairmanship of the ENA at such an important time for the industry. Energy networks play a crucial role in powering the UK economy and ensuring a safe, secure and reliable source of energy, while also looking at innovative ways of meeting the future needs of our customers. With the debate around the future of the energy market set to continue over the coming months and years, I am looking forward to working with others in the sector and doing our part in making sure the voice of the energy networks is heard and continuing the good work undertaken by the ENA in the past.”

ENA, which represents the wires and pipes of the electricity and gas networks in the UK and Ireland, is recognised as a trusted voice in the industry, engaging with governments and regulators here and across Europe. The move to a smart grid, the future of gas, industry health and safety, and the impact of policy decisions are all areas where ENA leads.


Notes to editors

ENA is the voice of the networks representing the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.

UK Power Networks distributes more than a quarter of the UK’s electricity through its networks of substations, underground cables and overhead lines making sure the lights stay on across London, the South East and the East of England. The company’s 5,600 employees are dedicated to delivering a safe, secure electricity supply to 8.1 million homes and businesses regardless of who they pay their energy bills to. The industry regulator Ofgem sets an allowed revenue to distribution companies so that they can maintain safe and reliable electricity supplies. UK Power Networks invests more than £500 million in its electricity networks every year and is also undertaking trials to ensure that electricity networks support the transition to a low carbon future. It also maintains and upgrades power equipment, and moves and connects new electricity cables.

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Energy Networks Association

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