Innovation, Universities and Skills Committee

28 November 2007

No.4 (07-08)



The Innovation, Universities and Skills Committee is to conduct an inquiry into renewable electricity generation technologies. Building upon the inquiry previously announced by the former Science and Technology Committee ( see press notice of 15 May 2007), the new inquiry will focus on issues common to all renewable technologies, including:

  • the current state of UK research and development in, and the deployment of, renewable electricity-generation technologies;

  • international collaboration;

  • public funding, and other support, for the development of renewable electricity-generation technologies and incentives for technology transfer;

  • the establishment and role of the Energy Technologies Institute;

  • commercialising renewable technologies;

  • intermittency of supply and connection with the national grid;

  • Government policy towards enabling existing technologies to meet targets; and

  • whether the UK has the skills base to underpin the development of renewable technology.

The Committee will be drawing upon evidence submitted to the previous inquiry. Should any witness wish to update their evidence in the light of recent developments or the changed focus of the inquiry, the Committee would welcome further evidence from interested organisations and individuals addressing these points by 15 January 2008. New submissions would also be welcome by that date.

Guidelines for the submission of evidence

Evidence should be submitted in Word format (version no later than word 2002), and should be sent via e-mail to The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document should include a brief executive summary. Those submitting evidence are reminded that evidence should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted no public use should be made of it, but those wishing to publish their evidence before it is published by the Committee are invited to contact the Clerk of the Committee to obtain permission to do so. Guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at:

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1. Committee Membership is as follows:

Mr Phil Willis (Liberal Democrat, Harrogate and Knaresborough)(Chairman)
Adam Afriyie (Conservative, Windsor)
Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods (Labour, City of Durham)
Mr Ian Cawsey (Labour, Brigg & Goole)
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Conservative, Mid Bedfordshire)
Dr Ian Gibson (Labour, Norwich North)
Dr Evan Harris (Liberal Democrat, Oxford West & Abingdon)
Dr Brian Iddon (Labour, Bolton South East)
Mr Gordon Marsden (Labour, Blackpool South)
Dr Bob Spink (Conservative, Castle Point)
Ian Stewart (Labour, Eccles)
Mr Graham Stringer (Labour, Manchester, Blackley)
Dr Desmond Turner (Labour, Brighton Kemptown)
Mr Rob Wilson (Conservative, Reading East)

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