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The future of the UK’s electricity and gas system - priorities for energy code reform and establishment of the new Future Systems Operator

Morning, Tuesday, 1st November 2022

This conference focuses on the future of the UK’s energy system.

It will be a timely opportunity to discuss plans for energy code reform, including options for code licensing, consolidation, and sequencing - following the recent consultations by BEIS.

Delegates will also assess next steps, issues, and priorities for implementation, with Ofgem being granted new strategic functions to oversee industry codes and their evolution.

The discussion will look at the future direction of government strategy under a new prime minister, and takes place with:

  • the announced establishment of the Future System Operator (FSO)
  • the Energy Security Bill going through its parliamentary stages
  • heightened concern around the ability for current networks and markets to cope with changing demands
  • the UK energy market undergoing multiple changes, with potential to develop a more holistic approach to the energy system
  • the Review of Electricity Market Arrangements (REMA) led by BEIS

Areas for discussion include:

  • priorities for the FSO - increasing energy security - support for the net-zero transition - integration of new technologies into existing networks
  • priorities for regulation - creation of a new code system - support for innovation, smart energy and engagement across stakeholder groups  
  • energy code reform - options for code consolidation, licensing, and sequencing
  • opportunities for market improvements - simplification of rules - increasing accessibility - support for competition
  • low-carbon energy - meeting energy security needs - overcoming customer affordability challenges
  • long-term policy - developing an integrated whole system approach

We are very pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Kayte O’Neill, Director of Transformation, National Grid ESO; Dr Jeffrey Hardy, Senior Research Fellow, Imperial College London; Dr Sean Winchester, Head of Energy Code Governance, BEIS; and David Wright, Group Chief Engineer, National Grid.

The conference will be an opportunity to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from BEIS; DIT; Department for the Economy, NI; DfT; DAERA, NI; Department of the Environment, Climate & Communications, ROI; HMRC; and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Lords.

Keynote Speakers

Kayte O’Neill

Director of Transformation, National Grid ESO

David Wright

Group Chief Engineer, National Grid

Keynote Speakers

Dr Sean Winchester

Head of Energy Code Governance, BEIS

Dr Jeffrey Hardy

Senior Research Fellow, Imperial College London

David Wright

Group Chief Engineer, National Grid

Kayte O’Neill

Director of Transformation, National Grid ESO


Lord Redesdale

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Intelligent Energy; and Officer, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies


Penelope Banks

Senior Consultant, Economic Insight

Eric Brown

Executive Advisor, Energy Systems Catapult

Alina Bakhareva

Head of Strategy, External Affairs and Design Authority, Elexon

Miriam Atkin

Director of Energy, Gemserv

Stefan Leedham

Director of Governance Services, Electralink

Barry Hatton

Director of Asset Management, UK Power Networks