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ICE called to give evidence to select committee

The ICE gave evidence to the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Select Committee on the formation of the energy National Policy Statements (NPSs) last week.

The inquiry aims to determine whether the energy NPSs provide a coherent and practical framework within which the Infrastructure Planning Commission can assess future planning applications for energy infrastructure.

ICE vice president Richard Coackley told the committee that the ICE welcomes the principle of the NPSs as an objective way to establish long-term, strategic needs for new infrastructure.

However, he stressed that a holistic approach must be taken in planning new infrastructure, acknowledging the interdependent nature of the different energy sectors, as well as with wider utility networks.

“The biggest challenge facing the energy sector is simply to continue to deliver energy to the people of the UK,” he said. “The energy NPSs should help provide a long-term strategy for security of supply, taking into account the spatial environment and how they inter-relate with other infrastructure, such as transport networks.”

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