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ECC priorities for holding Government to account

16 July 2015

The Energy and Climate Change Committee is seeking written submissions on which Government policies require scrutiny over the coming years. Your views will be used to help inform the Committee's future work.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change's priorities are to support investment in the UK's energy infrastructure, support consumers and keep energy bills down, and promote action in the EU and internationally to maintain energy security and mitigate dangerous climate change.

Addressing the balance of affordability, energy security, and sustainability remains a challenge for policy development. As many of DECC's existing policies are scheduled to come to an end between now and 2020, early action in the new Parliament is needed to deliver affordable and secure energy and keep the UK's emissions reductions on track.

The next year will be crucial to ensure continuity of energy policy into the 2020s, maintain investor confidence, and ensure that the right framework is in place to meet our decarbonisation targets.

Purpose of the inquiry

This inquiry aims to gather views on what areas of DECC's policies will require particular scrutiny over the years to come. Your views will help to inform the new Energy and Climate Change Committee's future work programme.

Send a written submission

The Committee invites responses addressing the following questions in no more than 300 words:

  • Which DECC policy areas do you think require particular scrutiny over the next five years?
  • What should be the Committee's scrutiny priorities over the next twelve months?

The Committee asks for written submissions by Thursday 13 August 2015.

Submissions should be submitted via the ECC priorities for holding Government to account Inquiry Page.

Tweet us

We will also be continuing the discussion online. Please tell us your #UKEnergyPriorities by tweeting us @CommonsECC.


The Committee hopes to host a stakeholder forum in Westminster on the morning of Tuesday 8 September to discuss its potential work programme in more detail. We welcome attendance by a diverse range of participants.

If you or a representative from your organisation is interested in attending, please state your interest in your response. Please note that due to limited spaces, it is possible that not all interested parties will be invited to attend the forum.

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