The UK’s energy network companies have published plans for their first joint innovation strategies.
The Energy Networks Association (ENA) aims to create opportunities for the UK to benefit from new energy technologies through both the Gas Network Innovation Strategy and Electricity Network Innovation Strategy.
Each strategy sets out how network companies can ensure value for money, share the lessons learnt and integrate these lessons into their day to day operations.
The plans outline a number of areas to pursue, including battery storage, local renewable generation, smart systems, converting the gas grid to hydrogen and a range of other innovations to offer financial benefits and cut emissions.
The companies will hold public consultations on their strategies to get input from technology developers, policymakers, academics and other stakeholders.
David Smith, CEO of ENA, said: “Network companies are already using innovation projects to drive forward network performance, deliver better value for money and find new ways to harness the potential of energy technologies.
“These strategies will ensure that both the networks and the customers get the most out of those projects.”