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Priorities for gas network development and supply security in the UK - next steps for decarbonising gas assets, implementing the RIIO-2 price control framework, and protecting gas users

Morning, Tuesday, 14th December 2021

This conference will examine policy priorities for developing gas networks in the UK, and takes place during a particularly difficult period for national gas supplies and security - with sessions looking at:

  • the current challenges for UK access to gas resources, the policy, industry, infrastructure, and geopolitical variables that might be causing system-wide supply chain issues, meeting demand, and possible resolutions to the situation
  • challenges and opportunities for the gas grid to transition to hydrogen and low-carbon energy sources
  • next steps for modernising infrastructure and improving resilience

The discussion will be a timely opportunity to consider the progress of the first year of RIIO-2 delivery. This will include looking at its impact on gas supply and demand - particularly in the context of rising global demand and gas prices - as well as options for supporting the financial sustainability of network operators and wider issues for balancing network and consumer needs in the delivery of RIIO-2.

The conference also takes place in the context of key developments around decarbonisation and the Government’s ambition to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Delegates will discuss how this background dovetails with priorities for gas development in the UK and whether current disruption in gas supply might affect the Government’s perspective on the speed and scope of gas decarbonisation and low-carbon transitions.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from:

  • Dr Alexandra Howe, Head of Gas Security, Networks and Markets, Energy Security, BEIS - on policy priorities for gas network development
  • Michael Wagner, Deputy Director, Gas Networks Price Controls, Ofgem - on delivering regulatory reform for operational and low-carbon improvements for UK gas networks

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from BEIS; the CCS; the CMA; Defra; DIT; DfT; the HSE; the Department for the Economy, NI; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Alexandra Howe

Head of Gas Security, Networks and Markets, Energy Security, BEIS

Michael Wagner

Deputy Director, Gas Networks Price Controls, Ofgem

Keynote Speakers

Dr Alexandra Howe

Head of Gas Security, Networks and Markets, Energy Security, BEIS

Michael Wagner

Deputy Director, Gas Networks Price Controls, Ofgem


Lord Bruce of Bennachie

Vice Chair, British Offshore Oil and Gas Industry All-Party Parliamentary Group

Lord Whitty

Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Energy Costs


Chris Barron

Business Development Manager, Costain

Antony Green

Hydrogen Director, Gas Transmission, National Grid

Guy Buckenham

Head, Generation Policy and Regulation, EDF Energy

Dr Thomas Koller

Head of Gas Goes Green, Energy Networks Association

Martyn Tulloch

Head of Energy Systems Integration, Net Zero Technology Centre

Professor Gavin Walker

Director, Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Hydrogen; and Professor of Sustainable Energy, University of Nottingham

Dr Grant Wilson

Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham

Andy Manning

Principal Economic Regulation Specialist, Citizens Advice

Dr Jeffrey Hardy

Senior Research Fellow, Imperial College London

Lisa Fischer

Programme Leader, E3G

Dr Tony Ballance

Chief Regulatory Officer, Cadent Gas