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 editors
- 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
We’re the industry body for the energy networks. Our members own and operate the wires and pipes which carry electricity and gas into your community, supporting our economy. The wires and pipes are the arteries of our economy, delivering energy to over 30 million homes and businesses across the UK and Ireland. To do this safely and reliably, the businesses which run the networks employ 45,000 people and have spent and invested over £60 billion in the last eight years.