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Energy networks comment ahead of Prime Minister's infrastructure speech

29 June 2020

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Joshua Atkins

Head of Public Affairs

Energy Networks Association

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joshua.atkins@energynetworks.org

ENA Press Office

press@energynetworks.org

The Prime Minister is expected to make a keynote speech in the West Midlands tomorrow (Tuesday) in which he will set out the government’s plans to support the UK economy as the country comes out of lockdown.

Ahead of the Prime Minister’s speech, David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association said:

“Jobs, skills and infrastructure are core to the UK’s green recovery. The networks are ready to support this growth with shovel-ready projects across the length and breadth of the country, projects which will themselves provide the backbone to our country’s net zero future. Building ahead of need so that electric vehicles can be rolled out at pace, gas can be greened and industry can be decarbonised, creating the green collar jobs that will keep the UK at the front of the fight against climate change.”

About Energy Networks Association

Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the companies which operate 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 Grid 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 45,000 people in the UK and Ireland. They are represented by their industry body, Energy Networks Association (that's us).

Press contacts for journalists

Joshua Atkins

Head of Public Affairs

Energy Networks Association

+44 (0)7436 142086

joshua.atkins@energynetworks.org

ENA Press Office

press@energynetworks.org