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Networks accelerating investment for Net Zero

17 December 2020

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Ofgem has confirmed its methodology for setting the next price controls for Great Britain’s local electricity distribution networks, known as RIIO-ED2, which run for five years from April 2023.

The UK's energy networks will be crucial in supporting the UK's Net Zero target, which is to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and 2045 in Scotland.

Setting out its approach to boosting green and smart investment in local grids, Ofgem highlighted around £80 million of shovel-ready projects have already been accelerated by the networks this year, despite the challenges of the global coronavirus pandemic.

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

“In the last fortnight we have seen the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan and the Energy White Paper set ambitious Net Zero emissions plans that depend on network investment. Networks are responding to this by accelerating projects and by working with Ofgem to see what more can be delivered in advance of the next price control to support their communities ambitions. This work will also lay a foundation for the next distribution price control, RIIO-ED2, remembering that distribution companies will submit their business plans to Ofgem in July 2021, in what is shaping up to be the most important planning horizon since privatisation.”

Following the launch of the Prime Minister's Ten Point Plan, the networks have set out their own plan detailing how they are supporting each of the ten steps.

As we approach the year in which the UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, the energy networks are working with Ofgem to develop further opportunities to support Net Zero and future users’ needs in line with government priorities. Further information on these options is expected early in 2021.

Notes to editor

More information on how the networks are supporting Net Zero right now can be found at energynetworks.org/netzeronetworks

Read about out how the networks are responding to the challenges of Covid-19 and are prepared for winter.

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).

Press contacts for journalists

ENA Press Office

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