Environmental Audit Committee

03 December 2002


A Sustainable Energy Strategy? Renewables and the PIU review

Energy policy is up for grabs, and everyone awaits the Performance and Innovation Unit (PIU) review due out by the end of December.

The Environmental Audit Committee began an inquiry on Renewable Energy at the start of 2001 ( see Press Notice no.4, 2000-01) and published written evidence received in May 2001 (HC 334, 2000-01).  The Committee is now taking forward the work begun in this area towards the end of the previous Parliament, and it invites organisations and individuals to submit memoranda on this topic.   In the light of the PIU review, the inquiry will focus on:

  • the impact of recent developments in energy policy such as the New Electricity Trading Arrangements and the Renewables Obligation

  • current policies to support renewables (including R&D and capital grants) and the likelihood of meeting Government targets in this area

  • the extent to which current developments reflect 'joined-up' working between the parties involved (Government departments, Ofgem etc)

  • the outcome of the PIU energy review and the development of a sustainable energy strategy.

Those who have already submitted evidence are welcome to provide additional and updated information.

Written submissions should be emailed or sent to the Committee by 25 January 2002.   Oral evidence sessions are expected to be held over the period January to April.

To confirm dates and times, and to identify room numbers for Select Committee meetings, please telephone the Committee Office Information Line on 020 7 219 2033

Note for Editors

    The Committee in the previous Parliament announced its             inquiry in a press notice of 21 December 2000.

    Oral evidence sessions are planned for January to April 2002.  Further details will be announced nearer the time.