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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.”

About us

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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