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Energy industry body recognised for Covid-19 response

16 September 2021


Energy Networks Association (ENA) has been shortlisted as a finalist for a prestigious award in two categories for its response to the global pandemic.

ENA, which represents the UK and Ireland's energy networks, is a finalist in the Covid Response Awards run by GCN Events. The energy industry body joins other notable finalists including BBC Education, Channel 4, HMRC, Hotwire and Zoom, the video-conferencing platform.

For its work with Ofgem to secure over £300m of accelerated funding to bolster ‘shovel-ready’ green projects across England, Scotland and Wales, ENA is shortlisted in the "Best Covid-19 response involving finance/professional services" category.

For its work with Ofgem to offer energy suppliers the ability to defer payment of network charges, in order to offer additional protection to customers, it is shortlisted in the "Best Covid-19 response in associations" category.

Commenting, David Smith, Chief Executive of ENA said:

"I am really proud of the team we have at ENA who have adapted to a 'new normal' while prioritising initiatives that support Net Zero and protect customers. To be recognised for this work as a finalist in these awards is fantastic."

The award winners will be announced in November this year.

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Engineer with mask (Credit: Wales & West Utilities)


David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association


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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