James Earl, Director of Gas, ENA, which represents the UK's energy network operators, responded to funding announcements in today's Spring Budget:
“Today’s clean energy funding represents a significant step forward for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the UK. The support announced for the first tranche of projects will move CCS from ambition into action, starting the journey of creating the infrastructure that’s essential to the decarbonisation of the UK’s industrial clusters, which are fundamental both to our economy and to the UK meeting our net zero goals.
“This also represents a major milestone for the development of low carbon hydrogen in the UK. The first production sites will get the hydrogen economy up and running, providing clean energy to industrial sites and taking the first steps towards hydrogen becoming a real-life choice for consumers. It is important that we build on this platform now to accelerate the growth of hydrogen production, transport and storage infrastructure, as well as by setting out a process for the second tranche of CCS clusters as soon as possible.”
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.