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Ministers questioned on future of energy infrastructure

14 January 2022

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee examines the Government’s draft Energy National Policy Statements (NPS)

Witnesses

Tuesday 18 January 2022

At 10.30am

  • Jan Bessell, Board Chair, National Infrastructure Planning Association (NIPA)
  • Julian Boswall, Board Member, NIPA
  • Gareth Phillips, Lead on the Working Group on the NPS 

At 11.15am

  • Christopher Pincher MP, Minister of State for Housing

At 11.30am

  • Greg Hands MP, Minister of State for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change

This is the second and final evidence session of the short inquiry scrutinising the revised NPS, which the Government will use as a policy framework when determining whether to approve construction of major energy infrastructure projects such as wind farms and power stations.

The Government intends to revise five of its suite of six Energy National Policy Statements, which relate to fossil fuels, renewable energy, oil and gas supply and storage, and electricity networks. The Government is not reviewing its NPS on nuclear energy.

The cross-party Committee of MPs is likely to ask witnesses about how the new NPS will help the Government in reaching its ambition to reach Net Zero by 2050, and to what extent they align with the stated aims of the Energy White Paper.

Committee members may also question whether the NPS will strike the right balance between safeguarding natural environments, considering the views of local communities and the need to quickly build and improve infrastructure.

Other issues the Committee may raise are whether the NPS will include references to hydrogen-based energy or carbon capture technology.

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