PART 3: SCOPE
OF THE ENQUIRY|
125. When the Committee decided
in January 1999 to conduct this enquiry, we expected soon to have
the published draft Directive mentioned in paragraph 105 as the basis for our recommendations. In the event, the
Directive was not forthcoming
and the cause of renewable energy is thus not as far advanced
as we had anticipated.
126. Some progress has continued on these issues:
within Europe as prompted by the April 1999 Working Paper mentioned
in paragraph 108; and within the UK following
the March 1999 publication of the Government's consultation document
referred to in paragraph 119. This Report
and our recommendations are presented in part as responses to
both those documents.
127. The members of Sub-Committee B (Energy, Industry
and Transport) who conducted this enquiry are set out in Appendix
128. Appendix 2 sets out the call for evidence issued
in January 1999. Those who gave evidence are listed in Appendix
129. Our written and oral evidence was complemented
by a series of visits. In early March 1999, we went to the North
East of England to visit the Photovoltaics Applications Centre
at the University of Northumbria; the wind farm at Blyth Quay;
and the Earth Balance Sustainable Development Centre at Bedlington.
In late March, we visited Denmark for discussions with the Danish
Minister of Environment and Energy, Mr Svend Auken, and his senior
officials, and also to visit the Risø National Laboratory;
the straw-burning CHP plant at Masnedø; and the wind farm
at Avedøre. We returned from Denmark via Brussels where
we met members of the European Parliament's Energy Group; senior
officials of the European Commission's Directorates-General XVII
(Energy) and XII (Science, Research and Development); and representatives
of some relevant Brussels-based Non-Governmental Organisations.
130. We are grateful to all our witnesses, and those
whom we visited, for their thoughtful contributions to our deliberations.
We also thank our Specialist Adviser, Mr David Milborrow, for
his invaluable assistance in steering us through the complicated
and fast-moving field of renewable energy matters.
37 Although, as noted in paragraph 109, a new Directive
should be issued soon. Back