Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Next steps for the renewable energy industry in the UK - finance, innovation and policy priorities

Morning, Tuesday, 22nd January 2019

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This conference will bring together policymakers with key stakeholders to discuss the future of renewable energy in the UK - looking at the key issues for finance, innovation and policy.


Delegates will consider the impact of possible changes to the CFD and CM auction process on the renewable energy sector, and the Government’s review of the CM announced earlier in the year.


We also expect discussion on potential consequences for emerging technologies from the recent European Union ruling, suspending the CM for violating state aid regulations.


Delegates will assess opportunities and practical issues emerging from the National Infrastructure Commission’s National Infrastructure Assessment.


With the Government commitments in its interim response to continuing auctions and supporting sector confidence - and for installing up to two Gigawatts of offshore wind capacity annually -  attendees will consider the opportunities this might present to the wind industry, and the practical challenges for delivering scale and large capacity annually.


Further sessions will discuss the evolving investment landscape for renewable energy - following on from the Government’s Industrial Strategy and the Clean Growth Strategy which set aside £557m to support less-established technologies - and alternative approaches to finance in light of proposals to end the Feed-In Tariffs Scheme.


The role of the private sector will also be considered, with the Government promoting a £5bn Energy Investment Portfolio, including innovative renewable projects, to international investors.


Attendees will also discuss how regulators and network operators can further support sector growth - with discussion expected on recommendations for overcoming integration challenges for decentralised energy, improving grid flexibility, and the development of microgrids - as well as the role local authorities can play in supporting community-based energy schemes.



Keynote Speakers

Rob Saunders

Interim Challenge Director, Prospering from the Energy Revolution, Innovate UK

David Wright

Director, Electricity Transmission Owner and Chief Engineer, Electricity, National Grid

Keynote Speakers

Rob Saunders

Interim Challenge Director, Prospering from the Energy Revolution, Innovate UK

Tim Warham

Shareholder and Mature Renewables, EU Exit, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

David Fletcher

Associate Director, Energy Efficiency and Social Programmes, Ofgem

Dr Robert Gross

Director, Centre for Energy Policy and Technology, Policy Director, Energy Futures Lab, Imperial College London

David Wright

Director, Electricity Transmission Owner and Chief Engineer, Electricity, National Grid

Chair

Lord Teverson

Chairman, EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

Speakers

Dr Jeremy Leggett

Founder and Director, Solarcentury and Founder and Chair, SolarAid

Barnaby Wharton

Head of Policy, RenewableUK

Dr Rebecca Ford

Researcher and Programme Manager, The Oxford Martin Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy, University of Oxford

Jan Matthiesen

Director, Policy & Innovation and Director, Offshore Wind, Carbon Trust

Fiona Reilly

Executive Partner, Atlantic SuperConnection