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 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 Contracts for Difference (CFD) and Capacity Market auction process on the renewable energy sector, with the Government confirming plans to carry out a Capacity Market review later this year, and following the National Infrastructure Commission’s assessment which included calls for 50 percent renewable generation by 2030.

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 including the role of the private sector for providing capital, delivering renewable energy projects, and accelerating the commercialisation of technological innovation.

Delegates will also examine how regulators and network operators can 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 Fletcher

Associate Director, Energy Efficiency and Social Programmes, Ofgem

David Wright

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


Lord Teverson

Chairman, EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee


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