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ENA launches virtual Energy Networks Innovation Conference for 2020

25 September 2020


Low Carbon Networks & Innovation Conference (LCNI) rebrands and goes virtual. To be held on 8 and 9 December 2020.

The Energy Networks Innovation Conference 2020, formerly the Low Carbon Networks & Innovation Conference (LCNI), will be a free interactive virtual conference this year and will be held on 8 and 9 December 2020.

The conference, which is managed by Energy Networks Association, is a must attend for anyone involved in managing, developing or implementing innovations that will pave the way for our future net-zero emissions gas and electricity transmission and distribution networks.

The virtual format brings a host of new features that make it more interactive, more tailorable to delegates’ specific interests and easier to share discoveries with colleagues.

Towards Net Zero

The Energy Networks Innovation Conference showcases 30+ innovation case studies together with expert panel discussions and Q&A sessions over two days. Numerous other project updates will also be available to conference goers as on-demand videos.

While at the conference, delegates can explore the virtual exhibition hall, visiting stands brought to life with product demos, videos, simulations, lively chats and one-to-one video meetings with leaders and innovators. Great networking opportunities have also been fully integrated.

At the end of the two days, delegates will have compiled their own personalised “swag bag” full of ideas and information that they can share easily with colleagues and use to inform their innovation programmes.

10 years of innovation and knowledge sharing

The Energy Networks Innovation Conference builds on LCNI’s nine years as the go-to conference for network innovation and is the UK’s flagship knowledge dissemination event for the electricity and gas energy network operators. It offers a single platform where delegates can access the major learnings from the largest regulator-funded innovation projects in the country: the Network Innovation Competitions (NICs) and Network Innovation Allowance (NIA).

David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association which represents the UK and Ireland’s energy networks said:

“This year’s free Energy Networks Innovation Conference promises to be one of the best. In its tenth year we want to reflect the progress that has been made towards achieving a low-carbon future by broadening our focus and widening participation. For the first time this will be a virtual event and we are excited about the benefits that this can bring in enabling us to try new formats and reach a wider audience in the UK and beyond.”

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Notes to editor

The conference team will be delivering an exceptional virtual conference experience in 2020 and we are excited to be able to offer delegates:

  • Total flexibility: watch their choice of concise bubbles of content, join pop-up chat rooms and explore live exhibition stands on their specific focus areas
  • Mix with new participants including top researchers, SMEs and thought leaders from around the world - travel is no barrier
  • No-stress Q&A: ask questions in virtual discussions without having to stand up in front of a packed auditorium

New for 2020

  • “Outside the box” keynotes: fresh inspiration to reinvigorate your innovation programme
  • International insights: what will the world’s future energy systems look like?
  • Live audience polling: what do your industry peers really think?
  • Fast follower showcase: what proven technologies can you implement in your networks?

About Energy Networks Association

Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing 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 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 40,000 people in Great Britain.

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