Your Complete Guide to the Energy Trade Association
You may not have heard of Energy UK, but they play a vital role in the safe and fair delivery of energy to your home. They are the trade association for the energy industry, covering every aspect of the energy sector.
Energy UK’s members deliver over 80% of both the UK’s power generation and energy supply for the 28 million UK homes (as well as businesses).
Energy UK have been accredited the Investors in People Standard.
What They Do
Energy UK are a source for and provider of expert advice on the energy industry. The company works to improve the energy industry’s reputation with customers and clients.
The way that the company does this is by providing forums for members of Energy UK. On these forums, members feedback to the company, and discuss energy/energy-related issues. On the behalf of the members, Energy UK then engage with other, involved parties across the UK and EU. These parties may include:
- consumer organisations,
- environmental organisations.
By engaging with these parties on behalf of consumers Energy UK are able to discuss, improve and further energy regulation and policy.
What could this look like?
Energy UK may:
- raise issues directly with the UK,
- arranging meetings with Ofgem,
- engaging with the Scottish or Welsh governments.
The reason Scottish and Welsh governments may be individually engaged with is because customer advice is a devolved power for Scotland, and Wales have some other devolved powers.
Energy UK may also engage with European Union (EU) institutions on behalf of participants in:
- the Internal Energy Market,
- the Irish Single Energy Market.
Who are represented under ‘members’?
Energy UK represent a range of energy generators and suppliers in varying sizes.
|Emma Pinchbeck||Audrey Gallacher||Sam Hollister||Abbie Sampson|
|Chief Executive||Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Policy||Director of Economics and Corporate Services||Director of External Affairs|
Membership is available to a wide range of organisations within the energy sector.
The energy industry is a progressive one and Energy UK work to keep up with the ever-changing updates. Whether regarding technology, the climate or customer services, the company (in their own words) works to reflect ‘the increasingly diverse sector which has more companies in the market in a range of different ways’.
Energy UK works:
|Energy UK works…||How this happens in practice|
|On the future energy landscape||Engagement on smart metering and smart grids, Demand side response and management, Energy aggregation.|
|On adapting to a more integrated energy system||Forging partnerships across the industry, Creating relationships with governments and stakeholders|
What benefits does Membership give you access to?
As a member of Energy UK, you can get access to regular committee meetings, which offer a chance to discuss latest policy developments and open access to new Energy UK positions. Meetings are also a good opportunity for members to seek clarification on policy or legislation from government officials and regulators. The committee meetings are also an excellent opportunity for members to meet and network with others in the industry.
As aforementioned, Energy UK pride themselves on providing access to experienced, high-level industry advice from industry professionals to its members. Members are welcome to contact Energy UK with any queries or concerns.
There is also a weekly newsletter circulated via email which provides a round-up of the latest, relevant industry topical information and updates. In these the information about upcoming events or opportunities will also be shared.
Working in London? Energy UK’s offices are located near the Liverpool Street and Moorgate train stations in London. The office, with Wi-Fi able to be accessed throughout, has hot desking facilities. These are available for any members when they’re in London. Furthermore, the offices also has 6 meeting rooms which can be hired about by members (subject to availability). For more information you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and the hire rates are available here.
Where can Energy UK reach?
As aforementioned Energy UK have strong footing across the UK, but are also very active in Brussels. This activity allows them to influence the policy making process in the EU through meetings, briefings and events in collaboration with representative powers.
|Types of Membership||Available for|
|Full||Active energy suppliers, active generators of energy and those commercially active in energy services.|
|Associate||Companies which supply services to the energy industry which can include logistics suppliers and part manufacturers.|
Departments and Committees
|Generation||The generation team covers issues across electricity generation and gas markets.|
|Supply||The supply team develops policy framework that supports suppliers to provide the best possible service to the market, and enhance supplier-customer relationships as well as improving value for customers.|
|New Energy Services and Heat Directorate (NESH)||The NESH team are responsible for shaping the policy and regulations around the decarbonisation of heat and transport.|
|Economics and Strategic Policy||The economics and strategic policy team provides an oversight of high-level policy and produces analysis of topical issues. They help Energy UK overcome potential challenges ahead.|
|Communications||The communications team are responsible for communicating messages to the media, government and stakeholders. This can be in a variety of ways such as briefings, press releases, and via social media|
|Events and Memberships||This team is responsible for hosting the events Energy UK do to gather and share information|