The Prime Minister has made it clear that nuclear has a big role in our future generation mix, the network companies are directly enabling this role
Nuclear power already provides a valuable cornerstone to our generation mix. The baseload of clean power it can generate is central to many models of what the power sector looks like in 2050. With much of the nuclear fleet coming towards the end of its service life, the Government and generators are exploring avenues for new projects.
The energy networks use the baseload generation nuclear provides for a number of grid services, and will rely on nuclear even more for them in the future. Doing so will help keep a high renewables system stable.
Network companies are building the infrastructure for Hinkley Point C and will similarly do so for any new plant, like Sizewell C or the proposed fleet of small modular reactors.
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.