During 2013 and early 2014 IGEM sponsored an independent inquiry into the future of the UK's electricity supply system. The Future Electricity Series was a three-stage inquiry into three perceived pillars of electricity generation, fossil fuels, renewables and nuclear.
The inquiry was run by Carbon Connect, an independent forum of parliamentarians and industry members working to bring about the transformation of the UK's energy supply, underpinned by sustainable energy. It also focused on security of supply and affordability. Peter Hardy, IGEM's former Technical Services Manager represented IGEM on the steering committee.
2014 was a year of landmark reform in UK energy policy, culminating with the passing of the Energy Act into law. The Act was the culmination of several years' work to design a new package of measures addressing the challenges facing the power sector in the years ahead. IGEM was pleased that findings from reports of the Future Electricity Series were cited during scrutiny of the Act.
The first report was published in April 2013, the second in September 2013 and the third in March 2014. Copies of all three reports can be downloaded below.
Future Heat Series
Based on the success of the Future Electricity Series, which attracted praise from senior parliamentarians and international media coverage, IGEM agreed to sponsor a further independent research inquiry led by Carbon Connect during 2014 this time covering heat.
The Future Heat Series aimed to support the development of heat policy in the UK.
For further details about the Future Heat Series click here.