Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Next steps for heat networks in the UK: investment, innovation, consumer protection and growth opportunities

Morning, Tuesday, 29th January 2019

Central London


This timely conference will assess the future for heat networks in the UK and options for supporting growth in the sector - looking in particular at investment, policy and regulation, and next steps for innovation in technology and infrastructure.

The seminar will be an opportunity to consider the Government response to the Competition and Markets Authority heat networks market study and proposals for developing a market framework for heat networks - looking at investment, priorities for decarbonisation, consumer protection and integration with policy in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The agenda examines financial and funding priorities, with discussion on investment, fostering growth and delivering value for money.

Delegates will assess the impact of policy on sector confidence, including on encouraging investment in innovation, technology and infrastructure and the use of new energy sources, accelerating the creation and extension of heat networks to better meet domestic and industrial demand, and providing greater clarity on decarbonisation goals for heat supply in the context of commitments in the Fifth Carbon Budget.

They will discuss the £320m Heat Network Investment Project as the Government prepares to choose the first round of successful bidders.

We also expect views on how the sector will be affected by the £315m Industrial Energy Transformation Fund and the introduction of a new Business Energy Efficiency Scheme - both announced in the 2018 Budget - which aim to support low carbon transitions and energy efficiency improvements for businesses, and help reduce their energy bills and carbon emissions.

Attendees will consider how to improve consumer engagement, as well as new build standards, heat supplier accountability and lessons learnt from voluntary standards.

The agenda examines how recommendations for regulatory frameworks might address consumer protection standards, improving transparency, and protecting customers from poorly designed infrastructure, as well as the challenges for implementation.

Attendees will weigh up potential frameworks for regulatory design and delivery, including in the area of planning law - and as well as the possibility of new duties and obligations for key sector participants, such as property developers and heat system operators.

Further sessions will bring out latest thinking on innovation and growth, looking at new opportunities for heat networks and heat supply in the UK.

Sessions look at advances in heat technology and its impact on decarbonisation, in areas such as heat recycling and advancing material efficiency.

We also expect discussion on the integration of heat network systems and infrastructure, and the challenges for implementing projects in urban environments, including old housing stock as well as system maintenance issues and the collaboration needed between industry and local authorities.

Keynote Speakers

James Lambert

Director, Sector Regulation, Competition and Markets Authority

Dr Joanne Wade

Chief Executive, Association for the Conservation of Energy and Council Member, Energy Institute

Keynote Speakers

Emma Floyd

Project Director, Heat Networks Investment Project, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

James Lambert

Director, Sector Regulation, Competition and Markets Authority

Dr Joanne Wade

Chief Executive, Association for the Conservation of Energy and Council Member, Energy Institute


Bindi Patel

Head of Scheme, Heat Trust

Senior speaker confirmed from SSE

Ken Hunnisett

Project Lead, Heat Network Investment Project and Project Director, Triple Point

Mike Reynolds

Managing Director, Vattenfall Heat UK

Frances Warburton

Director, Energy System Transition, Ofgem

Stephen Cook

Associate Director, Energy, Cities and Climate Change, Arup

Nick Gosling

Group Sales and Strategy Director, Vital Energi

Nick Churchward

Partner, Energy, Power and Utilities, Burges Salmon

Victoria Keen

Director, L&Q Energy