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On Wednesday 4th September, Secretary of State Rt. Hon Ed Davey MP will provide the keynote speech at the launch of Power from Renewables, the second report in the three-part Future Electricity Series. The report will be launched at a two-hour parliamentary seminar debate, featuring politicians from all three major political parties.

Power from Renewables is sponsored by Siemens and Dong Energy, and is part of the Future Electricity Series, sponsored by the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM).

About the report

Power from Renewables examines how renewables technologies can contribute to giving the UK secure, sustainable and affordable electricity in the short, medium and long term. It does so in the context of recent policy developments in the Energy Bill, Electricity Market Reform and new planning guidelines for community benefits. Highlighting areas of consensus, certainty and uncertainty and backed by a wealth of evidence, the report sets the scene for constructive strategic debate and points to future policy challenges.

The inquiry is the second inquiry in the Future Electricity Series, a series of three inquiries throughout 2013 by independent think tank Carbon Connect and chaired by Charles Hendry MP (former Energy Minister) and Baroness Worthington (Shadow Energy Minister). The Future Electricity Series is sponsored by the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) and the Power from Renewables inquiry is sponsored by Siemens and Dong Energy. This follows Part One of the Future Electricity Series – Power from Fossil Fuels – which was published on 22 April 2013. A similar report on nuclear power will follow in the remainder of 2013.

The launch event

‘Power from Renewables’ Report Launch

14.00-16.00, 4 September 2013, Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, Westminster

Key note speaker

Rt. Hon Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Panel chairs

Charles Hendry MP

Baroness Worthington

Panel speakers

Peter Aldous MP, Conservative

Alan Whitehead MP, Labour

Ian Swales MP, Liberal Democrat

Benj Sykes, Dong Energy

Mike Rolls, Siemens

Peter Hardy, IGEM

Charles Hendry MP, Future Electricity Series Co-Chair:

“This Power from Renewables research is going to be one of the most important parts of the whole Future Electricity Series. Settling the debate on the role of renewables and how they tie into security of supply is one of the most urgent parts of the energy debate.”

Baroness Worthington, Future Electricity Series Co-Chair:

“It has been a pleasure working with Carbon Connect in a cross-party environment on the Future Electricity Series, because it is really crucial wherever possible to strive for cross-party consensus on energy policy. We need less ideology and more evidence. That is what characterised the first report of the Future Electricity Series and will continue in Power from Renewables”.

Further information about the report and inquiry series can be found on the Carbon Connect website.

About Carbon Connect: Carbon Connect was launched in June 2009, by Ed Miliband MP, then Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, to act as an independent forum to facilitate discussion and debate between business, government and parliament to bring about a low carbon transformation underpinned by sustainable energy. Our members are committed advocates of low carbon enterprise and ensuring that the UK is at the forefront of the transition to a low carbon and resource efficient world. Together, and through a varied programme of parliamentary events and policy research, we discuss and debate the opportunities and challenges presented by a low carbon transformation underpinned by sustainable energy.

The Future Electricity Series of inquiries is being sponsored by IGEM (The Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers). Power from Renewables is sponsored by Siemens and Dong Energy.

About IGEM: IGEM is the leading Chartered membership organisation representing more than 4,000 professionals and 200 companies operating in the UK and overseas gas industries. IGEM:

  • Produces the Technical Standards which ensure technicians, engineers and managers fulfil their legal duties to keep customers safe, maximise efficiency and performance and meet environmental obligations.
  • Provides and accredits industry Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes and is responsible for assessing Engineering Technicians, Incorporated Engineers and Chartered Engineers, and is licensed by the Engineering Council.
  • Organises conferences and technical activities tackling cutting edge industry issues, innovations and developments including biogas, shale gas and hydrogen as viable future energy sources.

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