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Energy networks respond to calls for more Net Zero powers for local & regional authorities

13 July 2021

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A communiqué issued by UK100 and signed by a group of 32 cross-party Mayors and local leaders has called for local and regional authorities to have more powers to deliver Net Zero emissions.

Randolph Brazier, Director of Innovation & Electricity Systems at Energy Networks Association at Energy Networks Association which represents the UK and Ireland’s gas and electricity network operators said:

“Our Open Networks project is leading the transition to smarter local networks, where using smart technology not only allows more electric vehicles and heat pumps to be running in people’s homes, but also means that they can begin to generate money for communities participating in those markets.

“As we’ve seen with our recent Green Recovery project, accelerating investment is possible with the backing of a flexible regulator and it enables energy networks to better equip local communities to deliver the Net Zero energy system that customers need.”

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

Peter Kocen

Senior Press and Public Affairs Manager

+44 (0)7792 220 974

peter.kocen@energynetworks.org

ENA Press Office

press@energynetworks.org