The UK Energy Research Centre welcomes this opportunity to provide input to the Ofgem consultation ‘Project Discovery: Options for delivering secure and sustainable energy supplies’. The UKERC response addresses a number of the questions posed in the consultation document. The response has been prepared by Catherine Mitchell and Phil Baker from the University of Exeter and Robert Gross from ICEPT at Imperial College. It makes a number of high level and specific points but does not seek to be exhaustive. We refer the reader also to UKERC’s submission to Ofgem’s previous consultation over Project Discovery, in which we make a number of observations about the various scenarios considered by Ofgem. These provide some important context for the comments provided below.
Substantive points are made on a chapter by chapter basis below, with higher level issuespulled out as appropriate. Our main generic concerns relate to ensuring that the full range of options is given proper attention, the limitations of some of the options are better recognised and that international best practice is drawn upon to inform an evidence based approach to policy development.