An energy networks group has launched its first consultation to accelerate and improve low carbon innovations.
The Energy Networks Association (ENA) says businesses managing such systems need to evolve so new technologies such as renewable generation, electric vehicles and battery storage units can be delivered.
The group suggests input from the widest range of stakeholders is crucial to developing successful innovation strategies and to identify and successfully address all of the issues and uncertainty.
The first step of the consultation seeks views on these challenges facing the networks, as identified by companies.
The ENA claims in recent years, the UK has established itself as a world leader in smart grid technology through the innovation projects led by network operators.
David Smith, CEO at ENA, said: “Continued support for innovation across the electricity and gas networks is vital to building on the success already seen in encouraging network companies to bring forward innovative projects and embed a culture of innovation within their organisations.
“This has already led to significant advances in the application of new technologies and techniques and delivered significant benefits for current and future consumers.”