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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 12th July 2018

Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that demand for electricity in the UK does not outstrip supply in the next six months of 2018; and if he will make a statement.

Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)

The Capacity Market (CM) is at the heart of the Government’s plans for a reliable electricity system, and through CM auctions that have already been held we have secured all the capacity needed to meet expected demand on the system in 2018/19.

National Grid’s Summer Outlook 2018, published in April, confirmed electricity supplies are expected to be sufficient to meet demand this Summer while its 2018 Winter Review and Consultation 2018, published in June, states that electricity margins for the coming Winter are expected to be in line with the healthy margin of 10.3% we had for Winter 2017/18.