Paul Adams appointed chair of Energy Networks Association

Managing director of Jemena, Paul Adams, has been appointed as the chairman of the Energy Networks Association (ENA), the industry voice for Australia’s electricity transmission and distribution and gas distribution networks.

Mr Adams, who previously served as the deputy chairman of the ENA, said the association would maintain its focus on supporting innovation in network services and practical energy reforms, which are in the long-term interests of energy consumers.

“ENA members are responsible for managing more than $75 billion in gas and electricity infrastructure which plays an essential role in supporting Australia’s economic development and the lifestyle we enjoy,” Mr Adams said.

“Our key priorities remain ensuring the integrity of Australia’s independent energy regulation and supporting new technologies used on electricity and gas networks in a way that is efficient and fair to all users.

“As the Australian domestic gas sector faces major challenges, it’s also vital that governments put in place a policy environment that supports customers through changes in the gas market, encourages new gas supplies and allows all fuel sources to compete equitably.”

Mr Adams also recognised the contribution of outgoing ENA chairman and Energex chief executive officer Terry Effeney.

“Terry provided strong leadership in Australia’s energy networks sector during one of the most challenging periods in its history and we’ll continue to benefit from his expertise on the ENA Board,” Mr Adams said.

Mr Adams said Western Power chief executive officer Paul Italiano will join the ENA board as director and thanked outgoing director Peter Clark – the chief executive officer of Tasmania’s Transend Networks.

“Leading a network outside the National Electricity Market, Paul Italiano brings an important perspective on transmission and distribution network services, along with personal strengths in strategy and financial management,” Mr Adams said.

“Peter Clark has made a significant contribution to ENA as a director and chair of our Asset Management Committee, which has been vital to information sharing and the development of