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 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.