A new independent inquiry to investigate the future of electricity supply in the UK was launched yesterday.
The ‘Future Electricity Series’ is a three-phase nine-month research, which will explore the three “pillars” of electricity supply – fossil fuels, renewables and nuclear – and what role they can play in meeting the Government’s objectives of providing sustainable, secure and affordable power. It aims to identify future policy challenges and help policy makers understand how different technologies can contribute to the nation in the long term.
The inquiry will be chaired by former Energy Minister Charles Hendry and Opposition Energy and Climate Change spokesperson in the House of Lords, Baroness Worthington.
Mr Hendry said: “As a Minister I too often found that energy was an area where many people had absolute solutions…whereas, in reality, we need a mix. If we make the wrong decisions now, we lock ourselves in to decades of mistakes. Therefore a long-term understanding of what is possible and what is achievable is critical to that decision making process. This inquiry is going to go to the heart of these issues.”
Carbon Connect, an independent forum of parliamentarians and industry members, will run the inquiry.