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Energy networks comment on misleading smart metering claims

18 September 2020

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Peter Kocen

Senior Press and Public Affairs Manager

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peter.kocen@energynetworks.org

ENA Press Office

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Articles published today claiming that smart metering will lead to disconnections are inaccurate and misrepresent the measures energy networks have in place to ensure security of supply.

Ross Easton, Director of External Affairs at Energy Networks Association which represents the UK and Ireland’s energy networks businesses said: 

“Networks are there to keep Britain’s energy flowing and are doing exactly that. The proposed modification makes it clear that this would only take place as a last-resort contingency measure and only with the consent of the customer, taking place where new, innovative and flexible solutions have not been able to protect the whole network. The claims that have been made are irresponsible and misleading and may hinder the move to smart meters which is vital to achieving net zero emissions.”

Notes to editor

The EV Energy Taskforce’s report from January 2020, informed by industry and local stakeholder collaboration, made a range of recommendations including a proposal highlighting the need for governance arrangements for the use of emergency charge limitations.

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