Energy UK is the trade association for the energy industry in Great Britain.
Who is Energy UK?
Energy UK is the trade association for over 100 suppliers, generators and other energy-related industries in Great Britain.
They represent the interests of its members on all gas and electricity industry matters. Their membership includes 90% of the UK energy industry who generate energy and supply UK homes whether they are large international businesses or small and new entrants to the energy market.
Energy UK is the leading trade association in the UK for the energy industry that represents the widest range of interests in its membership. There are other trade associations particularly in segments of the energy industry such as the distribution networks.
What Services Does Energy UK Provide?
The key roles that Energy UK plays in the energy industry are:
- Providing expert advice and guidance to its members
- Leading on projects to support the industry’s development
- Promoting the interests of its members
- Enhancing the industry’s reputation and being a voice for the industry
- Representing the industry in the wider UK context as well as in the EU
- Participating in consultations
- Helping to drive policies and regulation that are in the interests of its members
- Works on the future of energy and investigates the challenges that the industry faces
- Promoting best practice
- Forges partnerships in the industry, with stakeholders and the government
- Running health and safety forums
- Conducting customer research
- Providing advice to energy customers
- Creating resources to provide knowledge on the UK energy industry
- Running industry events
Energy UK Membership
Energy UK is membership is made up of a diverse mix of businesses that include generators, suppliers, distribution networks, and support businesses. Generators include traditional fuels such as gas and coal as well as nuclear and renewable energy technologies.
The deregulation of the energy market has resulted in a change in Energy UK’s membership as the energy industry now has a larger proportion of smaller businesses that are relatively new to the industry whether they are generating electricity or supplying energy to homes and businesses. These smaller businesses now make up over half of Energy UK’s membership.
The support businesses that are members of Energy UK include price comparison sites, engineering businesses, energy advisory and consultancy businesses, software and equipment providers.
Membership is open to a range of businesses who operate in the energy industry and being a member offers them benefits and opportunities.
How is Energy UK Governed?
Energy UK is governed by its board which is formed of key senior representatives from across the energy industry. Board members include representatives from large energy suppliers and a few smaller ones, generators, and distribution networks.
Energy UK also has a wider committee structure which allows other members to get involved with how Energy UK is run and to discuss industry issues. The aim of these committees to help the energy industry develop through the expertise of its members as well as promote best practice in the industry and encourage policy decisions that assist the energy industry.
How Big is the UK Energy Industry?
The UK energy industry is a big part of the UK economy with over 730,000 people employed within the industry. The economic impact of the energy industry in the UK is estimated at being in the region of £24 billion per year.
As the energy industry plays such a big part in the UK economy and it is crucial in every part of people’s lives and businesses it is important that the industry has a voice and a way of working together, which is why Energy UK was founded.