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Next steps for energy storage in the UK - expansion, commercialisation, innovation, and policy developments

Morning, Friday, 15th May 2020


***Taking Place Online***

This conference will consider priorities for further developing the energy storage sector in the UK.

With the Government setting decarbonisation and the development of innovative energy technologies as a priority, delegates will consider next steps for supporting storage and its role in modernising the energy system.

The agenda:

  • Next steps for energy storage technology in the UK and overcoming commercial barriers - reducing cost, supporting innovation, and what is needed from policy guidance;
  • Priorities for expanding storage capacity and delivering whole-system change - planning reform, co-location, and integration with the wider energy market;
  • Battery storage and delivering smart home and business services - energy management, reducing consumer bills, and growing the ‘prosumer’ group;
  • Storage in the energy transition - expanding flexibility, securing reserve capacity, and decarbonising the grid;
  • Innovation in commercial strategies - electric vehicles, virtual power plants, and diversifying routes to market;
  • Next steps for alternative energy storage - acquiring investment, commercialising technology, and system integration;
  • Developing the regulatory system for energy storage; and
  • Policy priorities - the road to net-zero, and supporting innovation, commercialisation and competition.

Why this is relevant: the context:

It takes place in light of:

  • The power outage that affected Britain in August of 2019 - with discussion expected around the role that energy storage played in delivering reserve capacity to the network, as well as in accelerating the network’s return to operation, with further sessions considering how storage might help deliver greater grid stability;
  • The Spring Budget, which includes commitments to increase public research and development investment to £22bn per year by 2024-2025; at least double the size of the Energy Innovation Programme this Parliament; and expand support given to developers in clean energy technology looking to export;
  • The follow-up consultation on reforming the planning system for energy storage - with the Government taking the view that storage projects over 50MW should not be subject to the Nationally Significant Infrastructure regime - with attendees considering how this might affect the expansion of large-scale storage and help achieve decarbonisation targets;
  • Conclusions to the flexible retail energy market consultation and energy codes review expected this year - both outlining how rules to the system might be reformed to better facilitate market entry for new technologies and services; and
  • The Government’s Energy White Paper also expected later this year - which will outline a roadmap for modernising the energy system up to 2050.

Policy officials attending

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stake holders.

Especially with this one. Places have been reserved by officials from the BEISDefraDepartment for International TradeDepartment For International TradeDepartment for Transport Health and Safety ExecutiveParliamentary Office of Science & Technology and the Ofwat.

This conference will be online***

  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish
  • opportunities for delegate questions and comments
  • a permanent record of the proceedings will be made available to all delegates afterwards, including a recording of the addresses, all slides that have been made available, and further materials

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Hannah Clapham

Head of Electricity Storage, BEIS


Nicholas Beatty

Director, Zenobe Energy

James Phillips

Partner, Burges Salmon

Richard Whitmore

Delivery and Operations Manager, Energy Storage, Ørsted

Professor Chris Sansom

Head of Centre, Renewable Energy Systems, Cranfield University

Colm Murphy

Head, Electricity Market Change Delivery, National Grid