Ofgem have announced 26 strategic electricity transmission reinforcements through the regulator’s Accelerated Strategic Transmission Investment (ASTI) framework, targeted at unlocking the government’s 2030 50GW offshore wind target.
Ross Easton, Director of External Affairs for Energy Networks Association (ENA), which represents the UK’s energy network operators said:
“The network reinforcements announced today are another positive step in the transformation underway in the UK’s energy system. Projects like these are unlocking billions of pounds in investment and economic growth right across the country, keeping the UK at the forefront of global offshore wind development. All networks will keep working closely with Ofgem, government and the wider industry to make sure that we can unlock strategic investment in an energy system that’s fit for 2050.”
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Notes to editor
- The Accelerated Strategic Transmission Investment (ASTI) framework will initially apply to around £20bn of onshore transmission network investment across 26 projects.
- These projects will be delivered by the three transmission operators: National Grid, Scottish Power Energy Networks and SSE Networks
- ASTI projects have a streamlined regulatory assessment process to provide earlier approvals and quicker delivery
- If all ASTI projects are delivered by their optimal delivery dates, we expect consumers will see a net benefit of up to £2.1bn
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.