Skip to main content

Energy sector experts quizzed on Government's revamped infrastructure planning policies

3 December 2021

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee will hold the first evidence session of its new inquiry into the Government’s draft Energy National Policy Statements (NPS).

National Policy Statements

The NPS provides a legal and policy framework which the Secretary of State for BEIS uses to determine applications for new, nationally significant infrastructure projets, such as power stations and wind farms.

In its review of the current energy NPS suite, the Government aims to bring them in line with the policy changes set out in its Energy White Paper and its goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

Purpose of the session

In this evidence session, the cross party group of MPs will question three panels of witnesses with representatives from across the UK energy sector, from the National Grid, and hear from experts from the National Infrastructure Commission, the Institute for Civil Engineers, University College London and the Wildlife Trusts.

The witnesses are likely to be asked for their views on whether the draft NPS align with the government's stated policies for future energy generation, whether the new policies will allow flexibility for innovation in the sector, and what protections the NPS will offer for the environment and local communities.

Witnesses

Tuesday 7 December 2021

10.30am

  • Aled Rowlands, Interim Head of Corporate Affairs - Electricity Transmission, National Grid
  • Danielle Lane, Chair, Offshore Wind Industry Council
  • Emma Pinchbeck, Chief Executive Officer, Energy UK
  • Paul McGimpsey, Director of Regulation, Energy Networks Association

11.30am

  • James Richardson, Chief Economist, National Infrastructure Commission
  • Chris Richards, Director of Policy, Institute for Civil Engineers

12.15pm

  • Dr Nick Hughes, Senior Research Fellow, Bartlett School, University College London
  • Tania Davey, Marine Planning Manager, The Wildlife Trusts

Further information

Image: PC