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UK energy networks reaction: Spending Review 2020 and National Infrastructure Strategy

25 November 2020

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, presented his Spending Review 2020 to parliament today and also published a new National Infrastructure Strategy.


David Smith, Chief Executive at Energy Networks Association which represents the UK and Ireland’s energy networks businesses said:

“The Chancellor has made decarbonisation a priority in the Spending Review and highlighted the energy networks' vital role in helping the UK shift gear to achieve net zero carbon emissions in just 30 years' time. We're supporting the drive towards electric vehicles, a hydrogen economy, greener gas and the smart energy grid. To do all of this while providing the public with the best possible service requires significant private investment over the next three decades and a strong policy framework all backed up by a supportive regulatory regime. The government's ambitions here are clear, and we look forward to helping this become a reality."

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Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the energy networks. Our members include every major electricity network operator in the UK. The electricity networks are at the heart of the energy transition. They directly employ more than 26,000 people in the UK, including 1,500 apprentices. They are spending and investing £33bn in our electricity grids over the coming years, to ensure safe, reliable and secure energy supplies for the millions of homes and businesses reliant on power every day.

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