Britain's energy networks have today launched 40 new innovation projects to help boost the Net Zero transition. They are the first to be taken forward under Ofgem’s new Strategic Innovation Fund partnership with Innovate UK.
Dan Clarke, Head of Innovation at Energy Networks Association, which represents the UK and Ireland’s energy network businesses, said:
“Funding these 40 new innovation projects across electricity and gas networks is another step forward to a Net Zero future. It will allow us to identify long-term strategic innovations through a series of rapid innovation projects. By looking at new ways to decarbonise heat and transport, harnessing the power of data and digitalisation, and taking a whole-system approach is the best, most cost-effective way of delivering value for customers and accelerating the Net Zero transition.”
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.