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UK's energy networks support Prime Minister's ambition to Build Back Greener

06 October 2020

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Peter Kocen

Senior Press and Public Affairs Manager

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peter.kocen@energynetworks.org

ENA Press Office

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At his speech at the Conservative Party Conference today, the PM will confirm his support for offshore wind farms.

The Prime Minister is reportedly to say that "the UK Government has decided to become the world leader in low cost clean power generation... and we believe that in 10 years’ time offshore wind will be powering every home in the country."

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

“The UK’s energy networks are primed to help this country Build Back Greener. We’ve already helped the UK become a superpower of renewable energy, by enabling nearly 50GW of renewable electricity to connect to the grid. Nearly 80% of the increase in renewable capacity since last year has come from offshore wind. And we’re helping gas go green too by preparing our networks for the hydrogen revolution.

“With a supportive regulatory environment, we can and will Build Back Greener, supporting the UK’s economic recovery and setting us up to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.”

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