In September 2019, Frontier Economics conducted an independent analysis of the Labour Party's 'Bringing Energy Home' proposals for state ownership of energy networks.
Frontier Economics was commissioned by the Energy Networks Association (ENA) to provide their independent views on aspects of a recently issued policy paper, Bringing Energy Home. They were asked to comment specifically on:
- whether they considered that the policies outlined in the policy paper would be likely to achieve their stated objectives efficiently or otherwise;
- if not, then why not; and
- whether the balance of evidence suggested that the existing arrangements were likely to be better able to achieve the policy paper's objectives.
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.