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Decarbonising the power sector


In October 2021 the Government set a target to decarbonise the power sector by 2035, subject to security of supply. But demand for electricity is expected to increase significantly in that timeframe as other sectors, such as transport and heating in buildings, switch to electricity to reduce emissions.

Decarbonising in these circumstances will require the Government to manage a range of complex challenges, including ensuring the right mix of technologies, attracting investment in new generation energy, and modernising energy networks.

This inquiry is based on the National Audit Office (NAO) investigation into decarbonising the power sector. The Committee will question senior officials at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy on how it is set up to achieve power sector decarbonisation while maintaining security of electricity supply and affordability for consumers and taxpayers. The Committee’s inquiry will include:

  • government’s vision for a decarbonised power sector;
  • government’s understanding of what is required to achieve a resilient and decarbonised power sector; and
  • how government recognises and is managing risks to resilience and affordability in a decarbonised power sector.

If you have evidence on these issues please submit it here by Monday 13 March 2023.

Please have a look at the requirements for written evidence submissions and note the Committee cannot accept as evidence material that has been published elsewhere.