ENA has commented on today's package of measures and investment described by the Government as an 'energy revolution.'
Lawrence Slade, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association, which represents the UK’s energy network operators, said:
“Investment and innovation in Great Britain’s electricity and gas networks is crucial if we are to reach net zero in time. That’s why we have thousands of innovation projects under way and are investing billions over the next decade to get our grids net zero ready. The clock’s ticking and we need planning, regulation and policy to keep pace. It’s great to see this being recognised by government today.”
“Alongside the immediate steps our members are already taking, we hope the Electricity Commissioner’s review of planning and connections will help identify and remove barriers for customers looking to connect to the grid and speed up the development of vital energy infrastructure.
“Alongside massive amounts of electrification, developing our hydrogen economy is crucial if we are to decarbonise industry, businesses, transport and homes. Decisions on hydrogen still remain, especially around hydrogen blending and business models for hydrogen transport and storage. We need to see progress there."
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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.