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Energy and Climate Change Committee Publications

Energy and Climate Change - Second Report
The future of Britain's electricity networks

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 10 February 2010.


Terms of Reference


1 Introduction

2 Creating a vision for Britain's electricity networks

Does Britain need a vision?

Building a long-term vision

Avoiding lock-in

Integrating energy demand

Minimising regulatory uncertainty

The industrial structure

Progress so far

3 Transforming transmission

Investing in capacity

The role of planning

Strategic investment in transmission

How strong is the case for investment?

Network charging

Constraint costs

Transmission Network Use of System charges

Grid access

The queue for network access

Interim measures

An enduring access regime

The industry's rule-making process

Developing offshore transmission

The challenges

The licensing regime

Strategic investment


Security of supply


Demand flexibility and fuel substitution

The 'super-grid'

4 Making distribution smarter

The changing role of distribution

Greater distributed generation

Changes in demand

Technical and regulatory challenges


The role of innovation

Embedded benefits

5 Network skills

Current challenges

Action to address the skills gap

Conclusions and recommendations


Formal Minutes


List of written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Oral and Written Evidence

Wednesday 1 April 2009

Wednesday 22 April 2009

Wednesday 29 April 2009

Wednesday 6 May 2009

Wednesday 20 May 2009

Wednesday 17 June 2009

Written Evidence

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