ENA's Head of Open Networks, Farina Farrier, gives an overview of updates made to the project's Advisory Group representation.
Now in its fifth year, ENA’s Open Networks project is playing a pivotal role in helping to support the move towards a Net Zero future by laying the foundations of a smart, flexible energy system in Great Britain that leaves nobody behind.
We strongly believe in taking an open and transparent approach in the way that we work. This is reflected in the outputs that we publish and the way that we work with the industry and stakeholders – from consultation responses to public webinars – to ensure we’re listening and working collaboratively. As Head of Open Networks, and having been a part of the project since its inception, this has always been, and will continue to be, a priority for us.
As part of this approach, to help guide our work we have a representative Advisory Group with experts from across the industry. The Advisory Group is essential to ENA’s Open Networks project to support in the development of products, to ensure that stakeholders are aware of the work being done in each of our areas of focus, and report back the progress of the project to the wider industry.
The project has recently been making updates to the group’s membership in order to reflect the growth and changes that the industry has seen since this group initially formed to ensure we have the right representation and engagement needed to continue delivering at pace towards the ultimate goal of Net Zero.
These changes include ensuring increased representation from areas including:
- Low Carbon Technologies (LCT)
- Data and Digitalisation
- Offshore wind
- Local authorities
- Flexibility providers
As always, any material for the Advisory Group meetings, such as agendas and slide decks, are publicly published in advance of the meetings to give members the opportunity to share and bring views from their part of the industry. A meeting overview is also published afterwards for any members who wishes to review key notes and actions.
We've published our updated list of members of the Advisory Group on ENA’ s website. If you would like to raise anything at one of our meetings or provide feedback on the agenda items we're discussing, do get in touch with your representative or email us at the Open Networks project team.
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).