The energy policy debate in the run up to the general election should be about more than just tariffs.
That’s the view of the Energy Networks Association (ENA), which is calling on politicians for a greater focus on infrastructure.
It suggests the transition towards a smarter, flexible and integrated energy system “offers exciting opportunities” and policymakers and industry must continue to work together to ensure a smart grid delivers “the greatest possible benefit” to consumers.
Representing businesses responsible for serving around 30 million customers, the industry body has set out the major economic contribution the UK’s energy networks already make.
It also outlines five key priorities for the next government to ensure that role will continue into the future:
- Put energy networks at the heart of a modern Industrial Strategy
- Deliver a smart, flexible system that will help ensure secure and affordable energy for our economy
- Create a low carbon heat and transport policy that utilises the UK’s world leading gas network
- Deliver greater support for new innovative energy technologies
- Develop a skills strategy that will create jobs and deliver the energy system of the future
ENA Chief Executive David Smith said: “The election debate can and should be more than just about energy tariffs. That is an important, short term issue but addressing consumer needs is also about recognising the vital role of our energy in underpinning economic growth and providing the platform for businesses to create jobs across all regions. We need our politicians to focus on how we are going to do that as we head into a new economic era.”
Energy UK has also set out key principles for the next government.