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What is flexibility in energy?

23 February 2021

Join our furry little friends as they take you through some of the big changes happening to our energy system.


“Flexibility” has been somewhat of an enigma for anyone not working directly on it. Whether for national balancing, local congestion relief or even the emerging opportunities offered through peer-to-peer trading, it’s a word which has been bounded around for quite some time. What’s more, with homes soon to become ‘mini power plants’ through their electric vehicles, heat-pumps, and domestic generation, customers will be able to more actively participate.

Our Open Networks project seeks to maximise the opportunities that flexibility offers to our networks, namely minimising reinforcements, reducing emissions and empowering customers. We’re firm in our belief that the more flexibility, the better for the energy system and the customers who use it. However, we’re conscious that as an emerging area there are some myths out there. Myths that our new furry little friends will be busting; check out our new video and see how we can all #BeMoreBeaver! 


About us

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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