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We’re recruiting: Policy adviser (energy)
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We’re recruiting: Policy adviser (energy)

Are you a creative and analytical thinker, someone who can work flexibly and collaboratively on complex policy issues and build productive working relationships with stakeholders across government and industry as well as with colleagues? Are you interested in helping shape policy on the country’s long term shift from a reliance on fossil fuels towards a...

30 May 2024 By
Commission to explore capability of local electricity grid to support renewables push
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Commission to explore capability of local electricity grid to support renewables push

Ensuring that the network connecting homes and businesses to the electricity supply can cope with the demands of a fully electric-powered economy will be the focus of a new piece of work by the National Infrastructure Commission. The government has today (27 February) published the terms of reference for the study, which asks the Commission...

27 Feb 2024 By
Letter to government on business models for net zero technologies

Letter to government on business models for net zero technologies

Commission Chair Sir John Armitt has written to government setting out the need to accelerate efforts to encourage private investment in the energy infrastructure pivotal to achieving net zero and energy security. In a letter to the Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, Sir John highlights the importance of...

23 Feb 2024 By
Winser report on energy networks offers plan for necessary transformation
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Winser report on energy networks offers plan for necessary transformation

An independent report by Nick Winser, in his capacity as government’s inaugural Electricity Networks Commissioner, has been published today (4 August 2023). The report sets out recommendations for accelerating the rollout of electricity transmission infrastructure, which will be crucial to moving electricity generated from renewable sources to the places that need it. Nick’s report includes...

4 Aug 2023 By
James Heath: “pace, not perfection” key to reducing infrastructure emissions
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James Heath: “pace, not perfection” key to reducing infrastructure emissions

Commission chief executive James Heath spoke this afternoon (6 July) to the 18th Annual UK Sustainable Infrastructure Summit in London. In his remarks he explored the scale of the challenge facing the UK in fully decarbonising its energy systems by 2050 and the principles the Commission is using to guide the recommendations it will make...

6 Jul 2023 By
Cornwall’s green energy ambitions
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Cornwall’s green energy ambitions

Members of the Commission secretariat travelled to Truro on Tuesday (6 June) for discussions with local political leaders, infrastructure operators and businesses and voluntary sector bodies from across the county – and energy was high up the agenda. Hosted by senior officials from Cornwall Council and joined by the leader and chief executive, the session...

8 Jun 2023 By
Commission welcomes net zero duty for Ofgem
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Commission welcomes net zero duty for Ofgem

The goverment has confirmed plans to amend the Energy Security Bill, currently before the House of Commons, to give the energy regulator Ofgem a new explicit net zero duty. The amendment will legally require the regulator to ensure its decisions assist the governmen’s drive to deliver zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and boost investment...

7 Jun 2023 By
Clean energy and better recycling among North Yorkshire’s infrastructure priorities

Clean energy and better recycling among North Yorkshire’s infrastructure priorities

Members of the Commission team were in Harrogate and Knaresborough yesterday (26 April) meeting local political leaders and businesses from across North Yorkshire and learning more about the county’s priorities around delivering net zero, creating a low-waste economy and the challenges of digital connectivity in what is a largely rural region. A roundtable in Harrogate’s...

27 Apr 2023 By
Commission response to Energy Security Plan: positive steps forward but questions remain
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Commission response to Energy Security Plan: positive steps forward but questions remain

Giving an initial response to the publication of the Powering Up Britain: Energy Security Plan and related documents today (30 March 2023), Sir John Armitt, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, said: “Today’s set of announcements includes steps forward in some areas, but in others, based on what we’ve seen so far significant questions remain...

30 Mar 2023 By
Armitt: Skidmore Net Zero report “nails argument that inaction now will cost us all in the long run”
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Armitt: Skidmore Net Zero report “nails argument that inaction now will cost us all in the long run”

The Commission has welcomed Mission Zero, an independent review by Chris Skidmore MP on government’s approach to delivering its legally binding net zero target, specifically “how to deliver and implement most effectively and efficiently a plan for our future energy transition”. Chris Skidmore’s report, published today (13 January 2023), highlights the centrality of transforming the...

13 Jan 2023 By
Armitt: Exit strategy from fossil fuels will boost energy security and lower household costs

Armitt: Exit strategy from fossil fuels will boost energy security and lower household costs

In an extended essay published in the Daily Telegraph on 29 September 2022, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, Sir John Armitt, explores the importance of accelerating the development of renewable energy sources, cutting energy waste and boosting the take-up of low carbon heating to together help increase the UK’s energy security and reduce costs...

29 Sep 2022 By
Act now to secure energy and climate security, NIC and CCC advise new Prime Minister
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Act now to secure energy and climate security, NIC and CCC advise new Prime Minister

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) and the Climate Change Committee (CCC) have written to the new Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, setting out the positive case for action on energy efficiency, low carbon heat and renewables in the face of the current cost of living crisis. The letter, published today (Wednesday), sets...

7 Sep 2022 By
Commission welcomes “scale of ambition” of Energy Security Strategy
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Commission welcomes “scale of ambition” of Energy Security Strategy

The Government has announced its ambition to boost the UK’s energy self-reliance with an expansion of clean energy generation, including new nuclear plants and a quicker expansion of solar and wind power, in its new Energy Security Strategy. In response, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission Sir John Armitt said: “The government should be credited...

7 Apr 2022 By

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