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Harnessing the power of data: accelerating to net zero

23 October 2020

Energy Networks Association’s Head of Innovation, spoke at the Electric Vehicle Data Taskforce event on 22 October as they launched the next phase of their work.


As we look to hit our net zero emissions targets, sectors like transport and energy are becoming ever more interconnected. It has become vital for us to work closer with a range of organisations from across those industries and the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce has been critical in linking up those sectors.

Digitalisation of the energy system and access to data is critical to unlocking consumer benefits and helping to achieve our net zero targets. That’s why we fully support the recommendations of the Energy Data Taskforce, which has been revolutionary in ensuring digitalisation and data is at the top of the energy agenda.

All the network operators are committed to greater digitalisation and have launched their own Digitalisation Strategies while ENA is playing a coordinating role having set up a Data Working Group. This group is now supporting the delivery of the Energy Data Taskforce Report recommendations, including working on data triage and demonstrators of a Digital Systems Map.

We are now building on the success of the two trial Digital Systems Maps and are looking at how we develop a more enduring National Energy System Map. This proof of concept has the potential to help the roll out of EVs as data can very easily be included in the map.

As we continue to digitalise our systems, harnessing the power of data and building on the success of our world-leading flexibility markets will allow us to help the public get the benefits from the EVs while helping the network operators to manage their systems as efficiently as possible.

About us

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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