Energy Minister Lord Hunt today welcomed the level of public engagement around the consultation on National Policy Statements on Energy.
The consultation, which closes today, gives the public the opportunity to influence and comment on the draft NPSs at a national and local level.
Statistics showed that:
- More than 3,300 people attended 23 events in England and Wales to learn more about the draft energy NPSs and how they could respond to the consultation;
- Almost 20,000 people have visited the consultation website to find out more about what is being proposed; and
- More than 1,000 organisations and individuals have so far responded to the consultation online, via email or in writing.
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, Minister of State for Energy said:
“We are undertaking fundamental reform of the planning system which will result in a more efficient, transparent and accessible process. National Policy Statements are a vital part of these reforms, setting out the national need for new energy infrastructure.
“Listening to people’s views and helping them find out more is vital to getting this process right. I’m pleased that so many people and organisations have taken part and given their views on how future decisions on where we locate power plants will be made.”
The National Policy Statements on Energy will inform decisions made by the new Infrastructure Planning Commission, an independent body which makes decisions on applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects, such as large wind farms and power stations.
Following the end of the consultation on the NPS’s, proposals will continue to undergo parliamentary scrutiny. The Government intends to respond to issues raised both in the consultation, and through parliamentary scrutiny, later this year.
Notes to editors
1. The Energy National Policy Statements have been subject to an extensive 15 week consultation since 9th November, closing today on 22nd February. For more information on the draft energy NPSs and its associated consultation programme please visit: www.energynpsconsultation.decc.gov.uk
2. The House of Commons Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change issued a call for evidence in November 2009. Their report will be received after the end of the consultation (it is expected by Easter Recess). The Committee may recommend a further debate in the full House of Commons. The NPSs are also to be the subject of three debates in the Grand Committee of the House of Lords between 23 February and 11 March.
3. The Department of Energy and Climate Change is central to the UK Government’s leadership on climate change. We are pushing hard internationally for ambitious effective and fair action to avert the most dangerous impacts. Through our UK Low Carbon Transition Plan we are giving householders and businesses the incentives and advice they need to cut their emissions, we are enabling the energy sector’s shift to the trinity of renewables, new nuclear and clean coal, and we are stepping up the fight against fuel poverty.
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