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Roundtable: Investing in the Energy Sector - Maintaining Confidence in Uncertain Times

Roundtable: Investing in the Energy Sector - Maintaining Confidence in Uncertain Times

18th October 2017

Currently there is widespread concern around the low level of confidence of investors in the energy sector. This is believed to be because of general economic instability, lack of clarity around some aspects of government policy and recent political upheaval.

This is potentially highly problematic for the UK because of the long planning horizons involved in developing energy infrastructure. If investments are disrupted in the energy sector it could undermine our ability to meet our climate change commitments and, in the long term, we could see increased costs for consumers and significant threats to the security of supply.

Currently, in the electricity sector there is a significant gap between what is projected to be built in terms of generation sites and what the UK will need to meet demand in the future. This means it is vital to assess how policy could mitigate and address these problems as well as looking at more creative solutions that business and financial institutions could develop to finance energy infrastructure in the future.

This roundtable will consider the key issues in this area.

Chair: Antoinette Sandbach MP

Speakers:

  • Mike Thompson - Committee on Climate Change
  • Will Steggals - Climate Policy Initiative

Further speakers tbc

Location
Houses of Parliament
SW1 0AA
United Kingdom