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Call for Evidence

Submitting written evidence to the inquiry

The Committee would welcome submissions on the following questions:

  1. Is the proposed future electricity mix, as announced in the Energy Security Strategy, the most efficient and cost-effective way to deliver power sector decarbonisation by 2035? Are there any further policy details and/or legislation required by the end of this Parliament to achieve these goals?
  2. Beyond current Government ambitions, how else can energy demand be reduced and how much of an impact will this make on reaching power supply targets?What action is required to ensure consumers engage with and are protected during the power sector transformation?
  3. What are the key challenges faced by each generation technology (e.g., nuclear (traditional, small and advanced modular, and fusion), offshore and onshore wind, solar, hydrogen, tidal, biomass, and gas combined heat and power) regarding both their deployment and scaling up within the current policy framework? What can be done to overcome these challenges?What generation capacity is required and what role will each technology play?
  4. What are the challenges for the current grid infrastructure in delivering the proposed energy mix by 2035 and how can these be overcome in a cost-effective manner? What role does digitisation of the grid infrastructure play and developing a smart electricity network? Are current regulators enabling this transition and flexibility within the system? What role will storage play? Please consider this question from generation source to in the home.
  5. What key milestones and indicators are needed to scrutinise and measure progress in delivering the UK’s power sector targets? Should new reporting requirements be required and what role should Ofgem, or the proposed new energy systems regulator, play?
  6. Does the UK have the right skills, industrial and labour capacity, and materials required to effectively deliver on the proposed energy security strategy by 2035, and if not, how can the supply chain be scaled up? 
  7. How should Government work with industry to ensure proposed projects are ready when needed and on-budget? Are there domestic or international examples of time- and cost-effective delivery of large-scale power generation schemes?
  8. Does the Government’s strategy incentivise investment that enables decarbonisation of the power sector by 2035? Do current financing mechanisms allow for the required investment? What are the risks for taxpayers and/or consumers? Are there national security and investment considerations we should understand?

This call for written evidence has now closed.

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