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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! 


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About Energy Networks Association

Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing 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 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 40,000 people in Great Britain.

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