The need for a UK Energy Commission

IESIS contends that the existing Government policy for electricity generation is driving the UK ship of state towards a rocky shore.   The ‘rocks’ include: blackouts, fuel poverty, industrial decline, and deterioration in balance of payments situation.  The error in the course of the ship of state is caused by:

  • Unjustified reliance on market forces to create a satisfactory balance of electricity generation. (more)
  • Lack of recognition of the extreme urgency in the need to plan for the replacement of generating facilities during the present decade. (more)
  • Lack of an rational approach to the development of generating facilities. (more)
  • Lack of an overall view of costs more .
  • Lack of an engineered approach to the control of wind and marine power.  (more)
  • Deep focus on climate change to the neglect of other major issues that need to be addressed.  (more)

The needed radical alteration in course cannot be achieved by actions from within the existing system.  A new multidisciplinary, technocratic Energy Commission, capable of engineering the course away from the dangerous shore, must be created.

It is important to note that IESIS is:

  • not proposing solutions to the problems of energy production and use.  We are proposing how such solutions must be formulated.
  • not proposing privatisation of the production of electricity.  We are proposing that it must be planned by a national body

There is a favourable historical precedent for what is being proposed.



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Operation of an Energy Commission

The UK Government policy for the construction of generating facilities

Market forces - potential role for the development of electricity generating facilities

Replacement of electricity generating facilities in the UK 

The engineered approach to problem solving

Cost estimates for electrical generation types

Production of electricity from wind and marine power  - The need for an engineered approach

Climate change and other major risks

Historical precedent