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Akshay Kaul, Director, systems & networks Ofgem Bernard Magee, Head of strategy & marketing for power networks, Siemens John Scott, independent consultant Peter Kocen, Senior press & public affairs manager, Energy Networks Association Louise Kingham OBE, Chief executive Energy Institute (EI) Chris Clarke, Director of asset management and health, safety & environment Wales & West Utilities David Richardson, Innovation lead for energy systems Innovate UK Anthony Bivens, Head of networks BEAMA Sul Alli, Director of safety, strategy & support services UK Power Networks Roger Hey, Future networks manager Western Power Distribution Maxine Frerk, Director Grid Edge Policy Darren Jones Technology manager – power grids division ABB Leigh Lipton, RIIO T2 communications lead, UK regulation National Grid Ranjit Blythe, Director of communications & external affairs (interim) Cadent EDITORIAL BOARD Peter Jones, Technical manager Energy Research Partnership THE C ONVERSATION: 08 Fallout: Elaine Knutt speaks to industry leaders about the short- and long-term impacts of the coronavirus outbreak on UK energy networks and their customers. And Network profi le's UKPN Linesman Jeremy Wright as part of its "From the frontline" series of key worker profi les. 11 Net zero get on with it: Western Power Distribution's Roger Hey writes about the urgent need for action not words on decarbonisation. ISSUE 41/2020 NETWORK / 4 / APRIL/MAY 2020 08 THE CONVERSATION: FALLOUT Short- and long-term sector impacts from coronavirus 18 THE APPLICATION: RESILIENCE IN ACTION UKPN's coronavirus response 30 THE FUTURE: PROSUMERS OF PENZANCE Cornwall's Local Energy Market – a template for our future energy system? 14 A Cinderella solution: Former regulator and industry expert Maxine Frerk considers the potential of electric storage heating as a pathway for affordable low carbon heat in the UK. THE APPLICATION: 18 Resilience in action: Network talks to Brian Stratton, head of distribution at UKPN about how the DNO planned and executed its pandemic response strategy. 21 Competitive connections: Elaine Knutt talks to Leep Utilities about its ambitions in the deregulated connections market. APRIL/MAY 22 Gas goes net zero: Insights into the purpose and ambition behind a major new industry initiative to establish a net zero gas grid in the UK. 26 New territory: Network talks to UKPN's head of smart grid development Sotiris Georgiopoulos about the network's most recent tender for local fl exibility and the new capabilities it is unlocking for DSO operations.

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