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NETWORK / 3 / MAY 2016 T H E G R I D MAY 9GW The government said it supported the National Infrastructure Commission's call for UK interconnector capacity to rise to 9GW from 5GW. 5 The Energy Systems Catapult is to outline its fi ve-year plan of work at its offi cial launch party, a year after being set up. NETWORKS.ONLINE The lowest risk option National Grid is to push forward with its proposals to include the provision of the gas emergency number in the sale of its gas distribution business despite receiving "mixed feedback" from industry. NETWORKS.ONLINE APPOINTMENT Peter Emery is to join Electricity North West as chief executive, effective from 17 May. He replaces Steve Johnson. Emery joins from his role as group operations director at Drax. "Our principle is that DNOs shouldn't own or operate storage. We recognise there might be some exceptions based on particular circumstances, or particular needs… But if you want competitive markets to develop, you need to keep regulated monopolies out of them." ANDY BURGESS, ASSOCIATE PARTNER, ENERGY SYSTEMS, OFGEM, RULES OUT CREATING A SEPARATE LICENCE FOR ENERGY STORAGE TO THE ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE COMMITTEE "There is an enormous urgency in Decc to resolve the issues with storage. ENERGY MINISTER ANDREA LEADSOM WAS CHALLENGED BY ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE COMMITTEE CHAIR ANGUS MCNEILL ON THE SPEED OF CHANGE IN DECC No to DNO storage EDITORIAL Editor Jane Gray, t: 01342 332087, e: Deputy editor Lucinda Dann, t: 01342 332083, e: Utilities content director Ellen Bennett, t: 01342 332084, e: Production controller Sharon Miller, t: 01342 332054 Business development manager Helen Smith, t: 01342 332109 e: Business development director Ed Roberts, t: 01342 332067, e: Membership manager Peter Bissell, t: 01342 332057, e: Brand marketing manager, utilities Ben Parker, t: 01342 332103, e: Publisher and chief executive Amanda Barnes, e: General enquiries 01342 332000 Printed by Buxton Press Palace Road, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6AE Published by Faversham House Ltd, Windsor Court, Wood Street, East Grinstead, RH19 1UZ NETWORKS.ONLINE "THE OBJECTIVE HERE IS NOT TO HAVE COMMERCIAL DIS- TRIBUTION NET- WORK OPERATORS. THE OBJECTIVE IS TO HAVE EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF THOSE NETWORKS." PHILIP GRAHAM, CHIEF EXECU- TIVE, NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE COMMISSION MORE ON P6

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