The Electricity Networks Strategy Group (ENSG) is a high level forum which brings together key stakeholders in electricity networks that work together to support government in meeting the long-term energy challenges of tackling climate change and ensuring secure, clean and affordable energy. These include network companies, generators, trade associations and devolved administrations.
Role of the group
The ENSG is jointly chaired by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) and its broad aim is to identify, and co-ordinate work to help address key strategic issues that affect the electricity networks in the transition to a low-carbon future.
Work undertaken by the ENSG has included, for example, publishing an ENSG 2020 Vision report in 2009 which was updated in 2012. The reports presented the Transmission Owner views, with ENSG input, on potential transmission network reinforcements to accommodate the new generation needed to meet the Government’s 2020 renewable energy.
Smart Systems Forum
Following a review of the role and purpose of BEIS and Ofgem’s two networks’ stakeholder groups- the ENSG and Smart Grid Forum at the end of 2016, following the publication of the Smart, Flexible Energy Call for Evidence it was agreed that there was good case for merging the two groups to create a new stakeholder group – the Smart System Forum. The invitation for applications to participate in the BEIS/Ofgem Smart Systems Forum is now available.
Transmission Owner major projects: status update
To inform ENSG members and other stakeholders of progress on transmission projects identified in the ENSG 2020 Vision report published in February 2012, the Transmission Owners provide a quarterly major projects status update:
An extraordinary meeting of the ENSG was held on 31 January 2013 to discuss the delays to some of SHE Transmission’s major projects. The minutes and presentations by SHE Transmission, National Grid and DECC are available:
For previous minutes please go to the National Archives website