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The Need

In October 2015 the former Chancellor, George Osborne, announced the establishment of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), which has been tasked with publishing a National Infrastructure Assessment every Parliament setting out its analysis of infrastructure needs over a 10 to 30 year horizon.

The NIC’s first task was to consider how the UK can better balance energy supply and demand, aiming towards an electricity market where prices are reflective of costs to the overall system.

The Commission’s first report is available for download here.

Our energy sector is changing fundamentally. Two-thirds of our existing power stations are expected to close by 2030 as our coal, nuclear, and oldest gas fired power stations reach the end of their lives. As we modernise and decarbonise our energy system we need to find new ways to manage the network in the most efficient way possible.National Infrastructure Commission 2016