Electricity

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on electricity. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
11.11.2016Domestic gas and electricity prices: Social Indicators page
Depiction of trends in the retail prices of gas and electricity since privatisation.
21.07.2016Commons Library analysis: Energy Storage in the UK
Energy storage is expected to play an increasing role in managing an increasingly decentralised electricity grid in the next few years.
14.07.2016Commons Library Analysis: UK Fifth Carbon Budget
The Government has to set the UK Fifth Carbon Budget for 2028-2032 and decide whether to follow the advice from the Committee on Climate Change. The draft Carbon Budget Order 2016 is to be considered by the 3rd Delegated Legislation Committee on 18 July 2016.
24.06.2016Energy Policy Overview
This note provides an overview of the current Government's energy policy.
05.05.2016The Warm Home Discount Scheme
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the Warm Home Discount scheme (WHD). The scheme started on 1 April 2011 and was originally programmed to end on 31 March 2015. Since then it has been extended twice first until 2015/16 and most recently until 2020/21.
15.04.2016Competition and Markets Authority "Energy market investigation"
This Commons Library Briefing paper summarises the 'Summary of provisional decision on remedies' published by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) as part of its 'Energy market investigation' on 10 March 2016.
13.04.2016Green Investment Bank
The Green Investment Bank was set up by the Government to stimulate investment in green infrastructure in 2012. Privatisation was announced in 2015.
01.02.2016Help with energy bills
This Commons Library Briefing paper sets out sources of financial and practical help for constituents with domestic energy bills. It links to sources for more information. It also outlines policy developments in this area.
27.01.2016Energy prices
The price of domestic gas and electricity has been relatively stable over the past five years after increasing steadily through 2000-2008. There have been some price cuts over the past few years, but these have been smaller than the price rises. The cost of heating oil has fallen over the last three years with particularly large falls in the most recent year. In January 2016 heating oil was 22.81 pence per litre compared to the peak price of 64.5 pence per litre in February 2013.
05.01.2016Competition in energy markets in Great Britain
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the history of political and regulatory intervention designed to increase the competiveness of domestic energy markets in Great Britain. The Paper sets out the timetable for the Energy Market Investigation and summarises the provisional findings that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published. The paper also summarises the main actions that Ofgem has undertaken in the past to tackle the level and complexity of tariffs.

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
13.06.2013Energy Bill (HL Bill 30 of 2013-14)
The Energy Bill is intended to establish a framework for delivering secure, affordable and low-carbon energy. This Library Note provides background information for the second reading of the Bill in the House of Lords on 18 June 2013.

POSTnotes

DateDescription
16.11.2015Future of Natural Gas in the UK
UK shale gas exploration and efforts to mitigate climate change have stimulated debate about the future of the natural gas sector. This briefing looks at potential future pathways for the sourcing and use of natural gas in the UK. It also considers the implications for the economy, energy prices, the reliability of energy supplies and efforts to cut emissions.
19.10.2015Trends in ICT
This note looks at developments in information and communication technology (ICT) and their relevance for UK policy in the next five years. It examines the capability, use and economic impact of ICT; technical barriers; and implications for cybersecurity, privacy and internet governance.
07.09.2015Trends in Energy
Providing affordable, reliable and sustainable energy is a key issue in UK policy. Energy policy can be informed by current energy sector trends and projections into the future. This briefing outlines key trends in energy, the factors driving these changes and future projections. It also highlights the implications and challenges of these trends.
14.04.2015Energy Storage
The Government lists energy storage as one of eight great technologies in which the UK can become a global leader. This briefing outlines the roles of energy storage in the electricity, heat and transport sectors and describes the technologies used from the household level up. It also discusses current barriers and policies for energy storage and potential future uptake.
11.07.2014Smart Metering of Energy and Water
Smart meters record energy and water usage and improve how this information is relayed to both consumer and suppliers. The Government plans to roll-out smart meters of electricity and gas to all households in Great Britain by the end of 2020. This POSTnote examines the potential benefits and risks associated with smart metering of both water and energy, and the challenges for the energy smart metering roll-out.
29.05.2014Intermittent Electricity Generation
Sources of electricity that exhibit uncontrolled increases or decreases in output are often referred to as intermittent. This POSTnote examines the effect of wind, solar, wave and tidal intermittency on electricity prices, carbon dioxide emissions and the provision of electricity to meet demand. The note also describes measures to manage intermittency.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
27.04.2011Electricity market reform.
Government response. Energy and Climate Change Select Committee; Department of Energy and Climate Change report [Commons]
10.02.2010Future of Britain's electricity networks.
Energy and Climate Change Select Committee report [Commons]
29.06.2009The warm front scheme.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
18.10.2011LOSS LEADER PRODUCTS
That this House notes that many dominant supermarkets and traditional non-electrical retailers offer electrical products below their cost price as loss leaders to lure customers into ...
10.10.2011ELECTRICIANS' PAY DISPUTE
That this House expresses its concern at the actions of a cartel of construction companies that are seeking to tear up the existing national pay agreement for skilled electricians, ...
12.09.2011RENEWABLES OBLIGATION AND DRAX POWER STATION BIOMASS CO-FIRING FACILITY
That this House notes that having invested in the largest biomass co-firing facility in the world, Drax Power Station is the single largest generator of renewable electricity in the ...
30.06.2011ENERGY
That the Draft Modifications to the Standard Conditions of Electricity Supply Licences, a copy of which was laid before this House on 9 June 2011, be not approved.
01.11.2010CLOSURE OF TRENCH (UK) BY SIEMENS
That this House notes with deep concern the actions by Siemens plc in planning to close the highly profitable longstanding British manufacturer Trench (UK) Ltd(formerly The Bushing ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses