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ENA response: Queen's Speech 2022

10 May 2022


HRH Prince Charles has just delivered the Government’s legislative programme in the Queen's Speech 2022.

David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association, which represents the UK and Ireland’s energy networks businesses, said:

“Today the government has set out some important steps to deliver a cleaner, more secure and more affordable energy system. While an independent future system operator will help shape our energy system, it’s important that introducing competition into the networks will benefit customers and not hinder progression.

“Tackling emissions from the way we heat our homes by boosting the market for heat pumps, giving Ofgem powers to regulate heat networks, and enabling the first ever large-scale hydrogen home heating trial are all essential and very welcome.

“We now need the government to take further action in the Energy Security Bill by giving network companies the ability to make early, vital investment in infrastructure, and giving Ofgem a Net Zero mandate, which will enable a clean energy system to be delivered at best value for customers.”

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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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