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Energy networks welcome go-ahead for 40 new innovation projects

01 March 2022

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.”

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Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the energy networks. Our members include every major electricity network operator in the UK. The electricity networks are at the heart of the energy transition. They directly employ more than 26,000 people in the UK, including 1,500 apprentices. They are spending and investing £33bn in our electricity grids over the coming years, to ensure safe, reliable and secure energy supplies for the millions of homes and businesses reliant on power every day.

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