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Energy security price and decarbonisation: What is the right balance?

18 October 2016

The Economic Affairs Committee takes its fourth evidence session for its inquiry into 'The Economics of UK Energy Policy'. The Committee hears evidence on whether the Government's energy policy is being implemented effectively.


Tuesday 18 October in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 3.35pm

  • Mr Rupert Darwall, Centre for Policy Studies
  • Dr David Clarke, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Technologies Institute, Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Professor Michael Grubb, Professor of International Energy and Climate Change Policy, University College London

At 4.30pm

  • Mr Matthew Bell, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change

About this session

The Committee is exploring the present mix of policy interventions and subsidies in the energy market. The core question which it is seeking to answer is: “What are the failures, if any, in the energy market and what measures are needed to correct them?”

Questions the Committee is likely to ask include:

  • Should low carbon energy have the same priority as secure and affordable energy?
  • Should the existing subsidies and support systems for renewable energy be scrapped?
  • Is the UK investing sufficiently in researching and developing new energy technologies?
  • Will leaving the European Union alter UK policy and if so how?
  • Does the Climate Change Committee support the development of UK shale gas?

Further information

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