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ENA responds to the creation of the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

07 February 2023


The Government today announced the creation of the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero. Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP is the new Secretary of State for the Department. 

In response to the announcement, Ross Easton, Interim Chief Executive of Energy Network Association (ENA), which represents the UK’s energy network operators, said:

"The creation of a dedicated department focused on energy security and net zero is very welcome. These are substantial topics and it's correct that the Prime Minister recognises this.

"That said, the proof is not in the name or the Whitehall machinery, but in the delivery of high-quality policy which supports safe, secure, sustainable and reliable energy supplies for customers - now and in the future. That is the real test. We are looking forward to working with the Secretary of State and his team to deliver this."

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About Energy Networks Association

Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the electricity wires, gas pipes and energy system in the UK and Ireland.

ENA helps its members meet the challenge of delivering electricity and gas to communities across the UK and Ireland safely, sustainably and reliably.

Its members include every major electricity and gas network operator in the UK and Ireland, independent operators, National Grid ESO which operates the electricity system in Great Britain and National Gas which operates the gas system in Great Britain. Its affiliate membership also includes companies with an interest in energy, including Heathrow Airport and Network Rail.

What are energy network operators?

Energy network operators manage and maintain the wires, pipes and other infrastructure which delivers electricity and gas to your home, business and community. They are private companies which are regulated by Ofgem and employ around 40,000 people in Great Britain.

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