Electricity Market Reform: Technical Notes

19 January 2012

The Energy and Climate Change Committee will hold two oral evidence sessions to look at the Electricity Market Reform Technical Update.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change published 'Planning our electric future: technical update' on 15 December. This inquiry will follow up on the Committee’s Fourth Report of Session 2010–12, Electricity Market Reform, HC 742, published on 16 May 2011.

The Committee will meet on:

Tuesday 24 January 2012 in Committee Room 17, Palace of Westminster
At 10.15am approx

  • Professor David Newbery, University of Cambridge
  • Simon Skillings, Trilemma UK Ltd
  • Melle Kruisdijk, Director Market Development, Wärtsilä Power Plants

At 11.00am approx

  • Nick Winser, Executive Director, National Grid
  • Mark Ripley, Project Director for Electricity Market Reform, National Grid

Wednesday 25 January 2012 in Committee Room 5, Palace of Westminster

At 2.15 pm approx

  • Charles Hendry MP, Minister of State,
  • Jonathan Brearley, Director of Energy Markets and Networks, and
  • Emily Bourne, Head of EMR Programme Team, Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Timings are approximate.

The sessions will explore a range of issues, including:

  • Is the System Operator the most appropriate delivery body for Feed-in Tariffs with Contracts for Difference and for a capacity mechanism?
  • What will the main challenges be for the institution entrusted with the delivery of the Electricity Market Reform policies?
  • How will the Government’s choice of capacity mechanism affect security of supply and affordability.

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