Environmental Audit Committee

22 January 2002

A Sustainable Energy Strategy?

 Renewables and the PIU review


In our press release dated 3rd December 2001, we set a deadline of 25th January for written evidence on the Committee's Sustainable Energy Inquiry.  This deadline was originally set to enable respondents to take account in their memoranda of the PIU report on energy.

In the light of the on-going delay and availability of the PIU report, we are now proposing to extend this deadline to 3 weeks after the energy report becomes publicly available.  Alternatively organisations and individuals are free to submit memoranda now and supplement them further after the publication of the PIU energy report.

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.

 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

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

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

3. Under the terms of Standing Order No. 152A the Committee is to "consider to what extent the policies and programmes of government departments and non-departmental public bodies contribute to environmental protection and sustainable development; to audit their performance against such targets as may be set for them by Her Majesty's Ministers; and to report thereon to the House".  The Committee was set up on 16 July 2001.