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Energy networks comment on Chancellor's economic statement

08 July 2020

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Joshua Atkins

Head of Public Affairs

Energy Networks Association

+44 (0)7436 142086

joshua.atkins@energynetworks.org

ENA Press Office

press@energynetworks.org

In his speech to the Chamber today, the Chancellor of the Exchequer set-out his “Plan For Jobs” with a goal of protecting and creating jobs across the country

David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association, said:

“Energy efficiency is the critical first step in decarbonising homes and heating. The Chancellor’s £2bn commitment takes a significant step towards a nation heated by decarbonised sources and we look forward to working with the Treasury on how to take the next steps in fully building the green infrastructure our net zero future needs.

"We have spoken before about the need for a green-collar workforce of the future and welcome both the Kickstart Scheme and new funding for apprenticeships in expanding the opportunities to do so. This new funding will grow the 1,200 apprentices that the energy networks already support across the country, directly supporting the training and reskilling of the staff needed to build-out the Prime Minister’s ‘New Deal’”

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