MPs to question National Grid on energy security
The energy and climate change select committee announced on Thursday 12 November that it was to hold a one-off evidence session with representatives from National Grid about the security of the UK’s energy supply. The hearing, scheduled for 24 November, follows National Grid’s issuing of a Notice of Insufficient Margin last week, and the company’s first use of its Demand Side Balancing Reserve. The session will explore the availability of electricity generation this winter, National Grid’s tools for responding to tight margins, and long-term trends in generation and consumption. Committee chair Angus MacNeil said a swift transition to the low-carbon economy was crucial but that meeting the daily demands of households and businesses must always take priority.