Policy Submissions

S829 - The Future of the UK Electricity Networks


Inquiry into the future of Britain’s electricity networks: IET comments to the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee.


The electricity network (grid) is the key enabler of low carbon secure and affordable energy, and needs to be upgraded if renewable energy, nuclear, clean coal and energy efficiency are to be a principal part of our energy future. Transmission and distribution infrastructure needs to undergo a step change on a scale unseen for over 40 years. Action is needed now as development and implementation times for major changes to networks are usually longer than those for major power plant construction. All the engineering challenges for networks can be solved with existing or near to market technology. There is a need for more coordinated planning and more flexible regulation to allow coherent solutions to emerge, and Government will need to be more involved than it has been in the recent past.

Submission Details Submitted on 18 March 2009 to House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee

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Keywords and Search Terms Electricity supply industry, Power transmission, Power transmission lines, Distribution networks, Transmission networks, Energy policy, Environment, Energy efficiency, Regulation, Government policies