ENA warns that Tory plans to scrap IPC could imperil energy networks delivery on climate change and security of supply

17 February 2010

ENA warns that Tory plans to scrap IPC could imperil energy networks delivery on climate change and security of supply

Scrapping the Infrastructure Planning Commission may imperil energy network companies’ ability to deliver essential energy infrastructure in a timely manner to tackle the climate change and security of supply agenda warned David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association (ENA).

Responding to the planning implications in the Conservative Green Paper on Local Government, David Smith said: “ENA is concerned about the Conservative proposal to abolish the Infrastructure Planning Commission. This could place in peril the ability of network companies to deliver essential energy infrastructure in good time. We continue to believe that the IPC is the most effective way of addressing the urgent need to build the energy networks that will secure our energy supplies and meet our climate change targets.

“We do not believe the Conservative’s proposed replacement for the IPC – pursuing a parliamentary hybrid bill process – will be able to deliver on these objectives. I am sure that when the Conservatives develop their Green Paper into a substantive policy for Government they will have to address our concerns. Otherwise they risk delaying the networks key role in building a sustainable and secure energy future.

“However, we are glad the Conservatives have listened to us and given their support for the National Policy Statement process. This will remove a considerable layer of delay in the current system itself. It will also help ensure a planning policy that means local and national planning will be addressed at the level most appropriate to them.

“ENA has always supported a greater role for parliamentary scrutiny in planning. We fully back calls by the Conservatives and others for a planning policy framework that is underpinned by democratic legitimacy and accountability.”

ENDS