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Energy networks respond to Coronavirus concerns shared online

31 March 2020

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ENA Press Office

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We’ve responded to some misleading news articles which have been shared online.

Reports being shared online suggest there are concerns about power outages as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. We’d like to reassure customers the network is operating exactly as it should.

David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association said:

“We have one of the most reliable electricity networks in the world, supported by stringent contingency plans and a workforce of 36,000 people. We’re keeping your energy flowing during the coronavirus pandemic and the network is operating exactly as it should.”

We have also been responding online, like this:

Notes to editors

Learn more about how the networks are responding at energynetworks.org/coronavirus

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).

Energy supplier or network operator? Energy network operators are entirely separate to your energy supplier, which is the company that bills you for using electricity and gas. Energy suppliers and generators are represented by Energy UK.

Press contacts

ENA Press Office

+44 (0)20 4599 7691
[email protected]