On 20th October Lord Ravensdale asked the Government “what assessment they have made of the report by the International Energy Agency World Energy Outlook 2020, published on 13 October.” The Bishop of Salisbury asked a follow up question:
The Lord Bishop of Salisbury [V]: My Lords, the report from the IEA focuses on the impact of the pandemic on macro energy generation and distribution, and it emphasises the vulnerability of the national grid. The pandemic has emphasised the importance of the local, so how does the Minister see the Government’s role in encouraging the rapid development of local micro energy generation?
Lord Callanan (Con): The right reverend Prelate makes a very good point. Local micro energy schemes will play a key role in our decarbonisation efforts but, of course, fundamental changes are required in the grid to enable us to move to a much more diversified model, away from key energy nodes, and considerable investment is taking place to allow that to happen.