Responding to BEIS and Ofgem’s letter on the Open Networks Project, David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association, says:
“We are grateful for BEIS and Ofgem’s continued support and involvement with the Open Networks Project. In particular, their recognition of the value that the Open Networks Project has provided for delivering change as part of the energy transition, and that the Project has driven a positive step change to open up network needs to competition and support network coordination.
“Decentralisation and a transition to Net Zero is transforming our energy system. ENA and the electricity network operators have already been playing a leading role, not least through the recent voluntary commitment to further encourage and develop new flexibility markets.
“We will shortly be publishing the response to the Future Worlds Impact Assessment which will provide more clarity on the next steps of the transition. We will also be publishing further information about how network companies have been implementing the recommendations from Open Networks, one of the points highlighted in the letter.
"We welcome the clarity from BEIS and Ofgem in highlighting further areas of focus for the Project, which we will reflect in our future work, and look forward to carry on working with all stakeholders to deliver the decentralised, digitalised and decarbonised energy system that the country needs”.