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At-a-glance: Energy review consultation

The key questions asked in the energy review public consultation document, entitled Our Energy Challenge, are:

  • What more could the government do on the demand or supply side for energy to ensure that the UK's long-term goal of reducing carbon emissions is met?

  • With the UK becoming a net energy importer and with big investments to be made over the next 20 years in generating capacity and networks, what further steps, if any, should the government take to develop the market framework for delivering reliable energy supplies? The document also invites reviews on the implications of increased dependence on gas imports

  • The Energy White Paper left open the option of nuclear new build. Are there particular considerations that should apply to nuclear as the government re-examines the issues bearing on new build, including long-term liabilities and waste management? If so, what are these, and how should the government address them?

  • Are there particular considerations that should apply to carbon abatement and other low-carbon technologies?

  • What further steps should be taken towards meeting the government's goals for ensuring that every home is adequately and affordably heated?

Comments are also invited on the following issues:

  • The long-term potential of energy efficiency measures in the transport, residential, business and public sectors, and how best to achieve that potential

  • Implications in the medium and long term for the transmission and distribution networks of significant new build in gas and electricity generation infrastructure

  • Opportunities for more joint working with other countries on the UK's energy policy goal

  • Potential measures to help bring forward technologies to replace fossil fuels in transport and heat generation in the medium and long term

How to respond

The consultation document is available online at (follow the link on the right-hand side) or, for printed copies, call 0845 015 0010.

The consultation period runs from 23 January to 14 April.

Responses can be submitted in the following ways:

  • By using the response forms on the DTI website

  • By email to

  • By letter to Energy Review Team, Department of Trade and Industry, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET

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