Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Electricity Market Reform: Contracts for Difference, the Capacity Market and the UK's reserve margin

Morning, Tuesday, 7th November 2017

Royal Aeronautical Society, No.4 Hamilton Place, London W1J 7BQ


This seminar examines the future for Electricity Market Reform following the latest Contracts for Difference allocation round and ahead of 2018 Capacity Market auctions.

In light of the recent CfD auction and the £176m awarded to eleven new clean energy projects, as well as the resulting competitive strike price for Offshore Wind, delegates will discuss the role of CfD auctions in creating a competitive market for renewable energy projects.

Discussion will also be informed by the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee’s recommendations on competition in the energy market with discussion on the future regulatory environment for the sector and the role of the EMR delivery body going forward.

The agenda will examine the challenges for maximising value for consumers and the role of CfD in relation to the establishment of new energy supplies, such as at Hinkley Point C following the recent NAO report, as well as the current thinking on developing a smart, flexible energy system following the outcome of the Department’s consultation and the subsequent report.

Further sessions will assess the priorities for delivering greater market capacity and flexibility to the UK’s energy supply alongside the investment opportunities for a low-carbon future.


Guest of Honour

Charles Phillips

Head, Capacity Market, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Guest of Honour

Charles Phillips

Head, Capacity Market, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Keynote Speakers

Ruth Herbert

Head, Strategy and External Relations, Low Carbon Contracts Company

Jonathan Ainley

Head of Public Affairs & UK Programme Manager, KiWi Power

Rodney Doyle

Director, Market Operations and General Manager, Single Electricity Market Operator, EirGrid Group

Professor Michael Grubb

Chair, Panel of Technical Experts and Professor of International Energy and Climate Change Policy, University College London


Speaker confirmed from National Grid

Professor Dr Uwe Leprich

Head, Division for Climate Protection and Energy, German Federal Environment Agency (UBA)

Gareth Miller

Chief Executive Officer, Cornwall Insight

Steve Hargreaves

Director, Corporate Strategy, EDF Energy

Dr Nina Skorupska

Chief Executive, Renewable Energy Association

Jens Price Wolf

Commercial Director, Drax Power