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Next steps for energy industry code reform in the UK - simplification, new business models, and supporting innovation in markets and energy technology

Morning, Thursday, 5th November 2020

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference focuses on reform of the industry codes that underpin UK energy markets.

The discussion at a glance:

  • the Energy network codes review - latest developments in the work by BEIS and Ofgem aimed at code reform and modernisation to accommodate energy market changes
  • next steps - priorities and practicalities for achieving the policy aims of simplification, establishing level playing fields, and facilitating technological innovation
  • the focus of reform - what type of codes require changes and how new iterations should be designed
  • code management - what new powers and duties will be needed in order for the code system to run effectively

The agenda:

  • Designing a code system to support a modern UK energy market
  • Energy code structure and next steps for simplification, reducing complexity, and creating an agile framework
  • Widening participation and market competition - latest thinking on reducing entry barriers, expanding supplier engagement, and delivering greater consumer benefits
  • The changing code governance landscape - accountability, effectiveness, dynamism, and options for the future:
    • Modernisation of code administrator powers - system responsibilities, governance over disputes, and faster resolutions
    • Ensuring code reform supports network services and whole-system change - supply balancing, grid flexibility, and smooth power transmission
    • Priorities for creating dynamic energy sector code and market arrangements that support new business models
    • Options for a strategic direction for regulatory and policy reform for energy codes
  • Opportunities for smart and low-carbon energy services - household energy, benefitting consumers, and innovative network management
  • Regulatory priorities for delivering code reform and ensuring the energy system is fit for the future

Background to the discussion:

  • The Energy network codes review and consultation - ongoing work by BEIS and Ofgem aimed at reform and modernisation of the code framework to accommodate energy market changes:
    • the focus - areas such as clean and distributed generation, smart and flexible technology, and market entrants and new services
  • The Retail Code Consolidation Significant Code Review - by Ofgem, with its recent Retail Energy Code schedules and proposed changes to licences progress report following COVID-19 disruption:
    • the focus - Government’s objectives around retail energy markets looking at reducing the number of codes in retail energy, supporting innovation, and enabling more flexible decision-making among code administrators
  • Code Administration Code of Practice Version 5.1 - Ofgem’s recent update outlining duties:
    • the focus - maintaining smooth energy system operations, increasing help for innovators in navigating codes, and working with industry stakeholders to explore rule modification options
  • The Energy White Paper - expected alongside the Autumn Budget, outlining government objectives for energy policy and transformation up to 2050, and next steps for integrating code reform into regulatory frameworks
  • Modernising access to smart energy data - the competition organised by Innovate UK, Ofgem and BEIS for investment in developing products and services to modernise energy sector data services
  • Ofgem proposes £25bn to transform Great Britain’s energy networks - looking towards a green transformation for energy networks, including funding to deliver clean energy and support innovation
  • Electricity Settlement Reform - the Significant Code Review looking at how code modification can help deliver half-hourly settlements for suppliers and consumers

Key areas for discussion:

Policy and regulatory reform

  • code structure - how the system’s ability to adapt can be improved, including steps for reducing code complexity and consolidating the range of codes
  • implementation and future-proofing - reducing institutional disruption, and enabling a living code system that is agile and can deliver reform when required
  • competition - how it can be supported in the energy marketplace and ensuring that code reform widens participation and reduces barriers to entry

Achieving benefits from reform

  • overall aims - what will be needed to realise opportunities envisaged in changes to code manager and administrator responsibilities
  • working arrangements:
    • code management - assessing options for enhanced code administrator autonomy, including addressing disputes, overcoming system challenges, and delivering material change
    • network operators and code managers - increased cooperation and aiding the delivery of whole-system change, flexible networks, and grid balancing
    • industry stakeholders - closer working in designing more dynamic and agile codes that support new business models and innovation
  • code and system governance - balancing flexible low-carbon energy and accelerating decarbonisation
  • customer service improvements - enabling code administrators to resolve supplier issues at greater speed and reduce administrative costs passed to energy users

System and household energy management - looking more specifically at the role of code reform in:

  • reducing grid connection barriers to non-generation devices - energy storage and demand side response, and improving the benefits and information provided to users of smart meters
  • making local and community energy projects more viable - overcoming grid connection challenges and barriers for local energy trading
  • integration of innovative data-driven services - digital marketplaces and swift digital information exchange

Policy officials attending:

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

It’s certainly the case with this one. Places have already been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from both Houses of Parliament, and officials from BEIS; the Department for Transport; the Department for International Trade; the Health & Safety Executive; the Office of Science & Technology; and the Welsh Government.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

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

Keynote Speakers

Dr Mithila Manage

Head of Industry Governance, Electricity Systems, BEIS

Stefan Leedham

Director of Governance Services, ElectraLink

David Hill

Head of Code Governance, Consumers and Markets, Ofgem


Wera Hobhouse MP


Ian Cameron

Head of Customer Service and Innovation, UK Power Networks

Mark Herring

Head of Code Change Delivery, National Grid ESO

Laura Edwards

Associate Director, Power & Utilities, KPMG

Trevor Hutchings

Director of Strategy and Communications, Gemserv

Dr Mary Gillie

Founder, Energy Local

Stew Horne

Head of Energy Networks and Systems, Citizens Advice

Rebecca Beresford

Head of Customers Policy and Regulation, EDF

Lis Blunsdon

Partner, Energy Regulation, Fieldfisher

Angela Love

Director of Future Markets and Engagement, Elexon

Joseph Underwood

Policy Manager, Energy UK

Eric Brown

Chief Technology Officer, Energy Systems Catapult