ENA’s Head of Open Networks, Farina Farrier, spoke with Future Net Zero's Sumit Bose about how energy networks are adapting to the green transition and what this means for the UK energy market and infrastructure
We consume electricity with the flick of a switch and sometimes it can be forgotten what goes on to make that such an easy process – but every time you charge your phone or watch your favourite TV programme, a lengthy process is underway to make that seamless.
This is the role of the energy networks, which has evolved over the years as demands have changed.
ENA's Head of Open Networks, Farina Farrier, spoke with Future Net Zero on how the networks have evolved, the importance of flexibility, and more.
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This article first featured on Future Net Zero.
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).