Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Next steps for driving innovation in the UK energy sector: collaboration, commercialisation and the impact of policy

Morning, Thursday, 7th March 2019

Central London


This conference will bring together policymakers and key stakeholders to discuss next steps for supporting innovation in the UK energy sector - looking at the future direction of policy and assessing the effectiveness of a range of measures already in place.

Delegates will assess priorities for incentivising innovation across energy infrastructure, including the role of government funding and the impact of initiatives such as the Energy Innovation Programme and the Small Modular Reactors competition, in the context of the Clean Growth Strategy and the Industrial Strategy. 

They will also examine the projects awarded finance as part of the £90m Network Innovation Competition and the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund’s £10m provided for smart local energy systems.

Delegates will consider how best to accelerate innovation across energy generation, efficiency and storage, and how less established technologies like marine energy and waste-to-fuel can be commercialised and brought to market.

It also follows the recently announced consultation on measures to support innovation and the route to market for small-scale low carbon generation of electricity.

We also expect discussion on the impact of innovation on consumer engagement, reducing customer bills, and maximising the use of existing renewable energy assets as well as developments in community energy projects.

Further sessions bring out latest thinking on collaboration and addressing potential barriers to finance.

Following the recently announced £5bn Energy Investment Portfolio, it will be an opportunity to discuss what is needed from government to help engage international investors, businesses in the energy sector and higher education in upgrading the energy system.

The agenda also looks at opportunities for collaboration in research and will bring together key stakeholders including universities, scientific Research Councils, industry and their supply chains to examine what more is needed to support the development of the energy system and strengthen the UK’s skills base.

Keynote Speaker

Matthew Billson

Head of Strategy - Energy Innovation Programme, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Keynote Speakers

Professor John Loughhead

Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Matthew Billson

Head of Strategy - Energy Innovation Programme, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


Chi Onwurah MP

Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science & Innovation


Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson

Nuclear Development Managing Director, EDF Energy

Peter Bance

Chief Executive Officer, Origami Energy

Robin Hardy

Projects Director, BasePower

Neil Morris

Chief Executive Officer, The Faraday Institution

Emma Harrison

Head of Systems Integration, Energy Systems Catapult

Dr Kathryn Magnay

Deputy Director, Faraday Battery Challenge and Head of New Energy Technologies, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Roger Wells

Head of Future Technology, Siemens