Lords to quiz UK Grid and Big Six bosses on how Brexit will affect British energy supplies


The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee will begin to take evidence on the implications of Brexit for British energy security in the House of Lords today.

The Committee will explore issues such as what Brexit will mean for the UK’s continued membership of the EU’s internal energy market; its ability to influence EU energy policy; and future investment in the energy system.

The Committee will also examine the extent to which the UK is reliant on interconnectors with the EU to ensure secure energy supplies. Experts due to give evidence include:

  • Joseph Dutton, Policy Adviser, E3G
  • Georgina Wright, Research Assistant and Europe Programme Coordinator, Chatham House
  • Malcolm Keay, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute of Energy Studies
  • Lawrence Slade, Chief Executive, Energy UK
  • Phil Sheppard, Director of UK System Operator, National Grid
  • Ian Graves, Director of European Business Development, National Grid

Top Five other issues likely to be raised by the Lords include;

  1. To what extent is the UK reliant on interconnectors with the EU for secure gas and electricity supplies? Are these at risk post-Brexit?
  2. Can the UK leave the EU and remain a member of, or retain access to, the Internal Energy Market?
  3. How much influence will the UK have over EU energy policy once outside the EU? 
  4. Can the UK energy industry companies retain a role in EU co-ordinating bodies after Brexit?  Would there be value in doing so?
  5. To what extent is the UK reliant on private or foreign investment to fund its energy system? 

See also: Renewables After Brexit: Keynote UK conference: 1 Dec 2017 Dundee University




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