In his Ten Point Plan, the Prime Minister committed to even more ambitious targets for offshore wind, cementing it as one of the UK's primary sources of power in the future.
The energy networks have been central to connecting the 10.5GW of offshore wind we already have to the grid. With this due to quadruple in the next decade the networks are innovating.
Beyond creating a smart, flexible grid that keeps the lights on even when the wind isn't blowing in the North Sea, network companies are exploring new avenues for making the most of the UK's huge offshore wind resource.
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.