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Only two weeks left to take part in energy networks’ accelerated green recovery plans

05 March 2021

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Peter Kocen

Senior Press and Public Affairs Manager

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ENA Press Office

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Energy Networks Association (ENA) is urging stakeholders to respond to their call for evidence to help unlock early investment in the grid to support a green economic recovery.

By working closely with Ofgem, ENA’s members have drawn up plans to unlock early investment in the grid to support the technologies of tomorrow to be delivered quickly, driving green jobs and green growth across Great Britain.

With tens of millions of pounds available for investment in each distribution network licence area, there is around £300m available across Great Britain. The aim of this project is to support the green recovery by targeting investment in networks where there is expected to be significant green activity in the next year or two.

Projects which are not able to meet the timeline in this call for evidence will not miss out, with the opportunity to submit their evidence to energy network operators for inclusion in the RIIO-ED2 business plans, which will cover investment in the networks over the period 2023-2028.

The six-week call for evidence closes on 19 March. It is open to everyone and no technology is excluded. If a project is ready to be delivered and supports the net zero transition, then ENA is encouraging it to take part.

Randolph Brazier, Director of Innovation and Electricity Systems at Energy Networks Association which represents the UK and Ireland’s energy networks businesses said:

“Right across the country, network companies need your help to unlock the benefits of a green economic recovery. There are only two weeks to go in our call for evidence. If your project is ready to be delivered, could be unlocked by network investment and supports the Net Zero transition then send in your proposals and take part.”

Notes to editor

  • The call for evidence will be open for six weeks, closing on 19 March at 5pm.
  • Each distribution network operator will provide a list of potential sites, which have been identified across their network, where early investment in network capacity could support local developments and projects to drive green job growth and accelerate decarbonisation.
  • The sites approved for investment by Ofgem will be announced in early May with planning and construction beginning shortly thereafter.
  • Projects which are not shovel-ready now can still be picked up in the RIIO-ED2 price control period.
  • ENA recently launched their #NetworksTenPointPlan, setting out how the industry is delivering against the Prime Minister’s ambitions for net zero.

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

Peter Kocen

Senior Press and Public Affairs Manager

+44 (0)7792 220 974

peter.kocen@energynetworks.org

ENA Press Office

press@energynetworks.org