The Energy and Climate Change Committee launches an inquiry exploring the implications for UK energy policy of leaving the European Union.

Brexit Legislation Watch No 2 is about an opportunity to influence (or at least contribute) to energy policy making. The UK government relies on the work of select committees to police and inform its work.  For energy issues the key committee is the Energy and Climate Change Committee.

This Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and its associated public bodies. It has 11 Members and is chaired by Angus MacNeil MP.

Link to committee home page

Following the Referendum they have launched an inquiry into energy policy and are inviting contributions.

The official text is:

The Committee invites responses addressing some, or all, of the following questions in no more than 3,000 words:

  • To what extent have the Government’s energy policies been driven by the EU? Are any policy areas currently at risk?
  • What should be the Government’s priorities on energy when negotiating the UK’s exit from the EU? What would a successful negotiation outcome look like?
  • What aspects of existing EU energy policies and directives are beneficial to the UK? What should be the Government’s priorities in deciding which EU-led energy policies and legislation to retain?

Written submission deadline: Wednesday 14 September 2016.

LINK to inquiry

I will be considering what I can contribute in 3,000 words or less and think the challenge is to avoid ‘teaching the committee to suck eggs’ whilst making a valid contribution! If you do decide to respond I would be interested to hear about it.

As promised, I will maintain my legislation watch and let you know of any significant developments, hopefully as they happen.