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ENA responds to the passing of the Energy Act 2023

27 October 2023

In response to the news that the Energy Act 2023 has received Royal Assent, Lawrence Slade, Chief Executive of the Energy Networks Association, which represents the UK's energy network operators said: 


“News that the Energy Act 2023 has achieved Royal Assent is an important step towards building the energy system of the future. As the first piece of dedicated energy legislation in over a decade and the biggest piece of energy legislation in the UK’s history becomes law, we are pleased that industry came together to speak as one voice on the challenges and opportunities we face in delivering power sector decarbonisation by 2035 and net zero by 2050.

“Though barriers still remain, notably in our planning system, network operators are continuing to work closely with government and regulator to find effective solutions that will enable us to go further and faster.

“We welcome the real progress the Act provides towards the creation of the Future System Operator and the development of the UK’s hydrogen economy."

Notes to editor

Details of the Act can be found the UK Parliament website:

Details of the Future System Operator plan, can be found on the Ofgem website: 

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Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the energy networks. Our members include every major electricity network operator in the UK. The electricity networks are at the heart of the energy transition. They directly employ more than 26,000 people in the UK, including 1,500 apprentices. They are spending and investing £33bn in our electricity grids over the coming years, to ensure safe, reliable and secure energy supplies for the millions of homes and businesses reliant on power every day.

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