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Lords to ask how climate change could affect long-term electricity supply


The Lords Science and Technology Committee will, on Tuesday 9 December, turn its attention to the impact of climate change on long-term electricity supply.

The Committee's inquiry into electricity resilience will continue with evidence from experts on issues such as whether climate change could affect resilience, how decarbonisation could impact on long-term electricity supply, and how the UK can learn from other countries in the EU and beyond.

The witnesses that the Committee will hear from, in the first session at 10.40am, are:

  • Matthew Bell, CEO, Committee on Climate Change;
  •  Dr David Clarke, CEO, Energy Technologies Institute (ETI); and
  • Professor Kevin Anderson, representing the Resilient Electricity Networks for Great Britain (RESNET) project, University of Manchester.

The witnesses that will then give evidence to the Committee, at approximately 11.40am, are:

  • Professor Catherine Mitchell, Exeter University; and
  • Dr Konstantin Staschus, Secretary-General, European Network of Transmission System Operators.

Questions that the Committee will put to the witnesses include:

  • How do you expect climate change to impact on the resilience of the electricity system?
  • Can the electricity system deal with the impacts of climate change?
  • How will the decarbonisation of the electricity system affect attempts to ensure resilience?
  • How does electricity resilience in the UK compare to other countries in the EU and to North America?
  • What lessons can the UK learn?
  • How compatible are EU-wide and Member State measures to secure resilience?

The Committee evidence sessions will take place at 10.40am and 11.40am in Committee Room 4A in the House of Lords, on Tuesday 9 December.

The sessions will be webcast at www.parliamentlive.tv and are also open to the public. Journalists wishing to attend should go to Parliament's Cromwell Green Entrance and should allow time for security screening.

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