The energy revolution and future challenges for UK energy and climate change policy

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In the aftermath of the vote to leave the EU, we quickly launched calls for evidence to assess the implications on both energy and climate change policy. This report brings together our work on three current inquiries - Energy revolution, Leaving the EU: implications for UK climate policy, and Leaving the EU: implications for UK energy policy - along with our reflections on the last year and on potential future scrutiny priorities for our successor committee. Chapter two provides an overview of our ‘Energy revolution’ inquiry, which sought to identify which innovations have the potential to revolutionise the energy sector and how well prepared Government is to deal with the effects of disruptive changes to this sector. We received 118 pieces of written evidence and 41 video submissions to this inquiry highlighting different innovative technologies. We heard from 12 witnesses, and conducted a fact-finding visit to the United States to learn lessons from the successes in this sector in California and Washington State. Our work on the impact of leaving the EU is less well developed as we have not had time to fully explore the issues through oral evidence sessions. The issue is nonetheless of huge importance and will shape the UK policy environment for years to come. Chapter three provides an overview of the submissions of written evidence we received in response to our inquiries into ‘Leaving the EU: implications for UK climate policy’ and ‘Leaving the EU: implications for UK energy policy’. This chapter does not seek to provide a comprehensive review of all the potential implications. Rather we have tried to focus on the issues most commonly raised by stakeholders and those with the most wide-ranging impacts. Finally in chapter four, we reflect briefly on our work over the past year and set out our views on some of the potential issues on the horizon for our successor committee.
Keywords: 
Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, Brexit, Environment
Country of publication: 
United Kingdom
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Publication date: 
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Number of pages: 
90
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In the aftermath of the vote to leave the EU, we quickly launched calls for evidence to assess the implications on both energy and climate change policy. This report brings together our work on three current inquiries - Energy revolution, Leaving the EU: implications for UK climate policy, and Leaving the EU: implications for UK energy policy - along with our reflections on the last year and on potential future scrutiny priorities for our successor committee. Chapter two provides an overview of our ‘Energy revolution’ inquiry, which sought to identify which innovations have the potential to revolutionise the energy sector and how well prepared Government is to deal with the effects of disruptive changes to this sector. We received 118 pieces of written evidence and 41 video submissions to this inquiry highlighting different innovative technologies. We heard from 12 witnesses, and conducted a fact-finding visit to the United States to learn lessons from the successes in this sector in California and Washington State. Our work on the impact of leaving the EU is less well developed as we have not had time to fully explore the issues through oral evidence sessions. The issue is nonetheless of huge importance and will shape the UK policy environment for years to come. Chapter three provides an overview of the submissions of written evidence we received in response to our inquiries into ‘Leaving the EU: implications for UK climate policy’ and ‘Leaving the EU: implications for UK energy policy’. This chapter does not seek to provide a comprehensive review of all the potential implications. Rather we have tried to focus on the issues most commonly raised by stakeholders and those with the most wide-ranging impacts. Finally in chapter four, we reflect briefly on our work over the past year and set out our views on some of the potential issues on the horizon for our successor committee.