Energy Costs and TfL (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Reference: 
2013/1618
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

With current concerns over a looming 'Energy Gap' in UK electricity supplies between 2015-2017, has the Mayor considered asking Transport for London to go 'back to the future' and examine options for investing directly in building a new power station for London?

Answer

Answer for Energy Costs and TfL (2)

Answer for Energy Costs and TfL (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written response received on 1 July 2013.

TfL is pursuing a diversified energy strategy to mitigate against the risk of higher prices, deliver CO2 reductions, and provide a level of security of supply.

As well as looking at opportunities via the National Grid, a key focus is on sourcing low carbon and renewable energy from local generators in London. Currently, commercial negotiations are continuing with two partners, which are projected to provide up to 20 per cent of LU's current peak demand. As set out in my answer to MQ 281 / 2012, LU is also working with the market to develop a solution for converting TfL's existing emergency power station at Greenwich into a zero/low carbon source. LU will be reporting to its Board on these development opportunities in November 2013.