Electricity and gas grid operators want the General Election campaign to include discussions on energy infrastructure, technology and skills, as well as tariffs.

In its General Election manifesto, the Energy Networks Association (ENA) called on the next government to:

  • put energy networks at the heart of a modern industrial strategy;
  • deliver a “smart, flexible system” that will help “ensure secure and affordable energy”;
  • create a low-carbon heat and transport policy that utilises the UK’s “world-leading” gas network;
  • deliver greater support for innovative energy technologies;
  • and make a skills strategy that will create jobs.

Economic growth

David Smith, the ENA’s Chief Executive, 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.”

> Read the ENA's manifesto