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Energy networks respond to Heat and Buildings Strategy publication

19 October 2021

Press contacts

Peter Kocen

Senior Press and Public Affairs Manager

+44 (0)7792 220 974

[email protected]

ENA press office

+44 (0)7792 220 974
[email protected]

The government has published its long-awaited Heat and Buildings Strategy which aims to reduce household heating and buildings emissions, and includes an additional £65m to help manage increased demands on the UK’s electricity system.

David Smith, Chief Executive at Energy Networks Association which represents Great Britain’s energy networks said:

“Decarbonising heat is a tough nut to crack, but heat pumps and other low carbon technology like it will be key. Today’s plan from government sets the country on the path to a greener future. Central to delivering these plans, and impossible without them, are our energy networks which provide the backbone for keeping Britain’s energy flowing. We are unlocking choice for customers by preparing gas pipes for hydrogen and the electricity grid for more electric vehicles, heat pumps, wind and renewable power."

The government has also announced a further £65 million for the Flexibility Innovation Programme which will deliver funding for a range of innovative projects that will help manage increased demands on the UK’s electricity system.

David Smith added:

“The UK’s networks are world-leaders in flexibility. Simply put, flexibility is about changing where or when electricity is consumed or generated, levelling out peaks in demand as we move to a greener future. Heat pumps, when paired with storage or well-insulated homes, can be a key source of this flexibility. The additional funding for innovation will help us deliver this - and Net Zero - while keeping costs as low as possible.”

About Energy Networks Association

We’re the industry body for the energy networks. Our members own and operate the wires and pipes which carry electricity and gas into your community, supporting our economy. The wires and pipes are the arteries of our economy, delivering energy to over 30 million homes and businesses across the UK and Ireland. To do this safely and reliably, the businesses which run the networks employ 45,000 people and have spent and invested over £60 billion in the last eight years.

Learn more about how the energy networks operate and who we represent.

Press contacts

Peter Kocen

Senior Press and Public Affairs Manager

+44 (0)7792 220 974

[email protected]

ENA press office

+44 (0)7792 220 974
[email protected]