Policy Submissions

S844 - Delivering Secure low carbon electricity


Call for evidence on “Delivering secure low carbon electricity”: comments from the IET, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Energy Institute, the Institution of Chemical Engineers, the Institution of Civil Engineers, and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Abstract Delivery of both security of electricity supply over the next 10 to 15 years, and a secure, largely de-carbonised electricity system by 2050 are both massive challenges. Each is substantially outside recent UK experience in any part of the construction industry. The barriers are surmountable, but the approach to the task must be bold, realistic, sustained and underpinned by determination from government. The scale of the technology challenges, the requirement for active consumer engagement, and the requirement for close interaction between sectors that today operate largely independently, mean that an honest assessment of downside risks is warranted. The approach adopted should have in built flexibility for contingency out-turns and close government monitoring.

Submission Details Submitted on 28 October 2009 to Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

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Keywords and Search Terms Electricity supply industry, Environment, Security, Power transmission, Renewable energy, Nuclear power stations, Energy demand, Energy conservation, Energy policy