Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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The UK renewable energy supply chain - next steps for sector development, international competitiveness, and CfD and Supply Chain Plans

Morning, Tuesday, 25th January 2022

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

This conference will examine priorities, policy and next steps for developing the supply chain across UK wind and emerging renewable technologies. This is in light of the recent landmark commitment announced by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng, who stated that, “by 2035, all of our electricity will come from clean sources”.

Further areas for discussion include increasing the UK sector’s global competitiveness and its ability to attract interest from international developers, investors, and other key partners.

The conference will be a timely opportunity to consider the issues in the context of proposals in the Energy White Paper on UK clean energy supply chains and wind power, and on changes to Supply Chain Plans and the CfD contract.

We expect discussion on the outcomes of the consultations and the Government’s response, as well as the implications of the proposals for supply chain obligations and Allocation Round 4 (AR 4).

Additionally, with the upcoming COP26 conference, delegates will consider the work being done to transition away from reliance on fossil fuels, with high expectations being placed on the UK to deliver urgent changes to the sector. Meeting newly announced targets will require the Government to double down on efforts to deploy a new generation of home-grown technologies.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with:

  • Nicola Higgins, Deputy Director, Renewable Electricity, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Lloyd James, Partner, Burges Salmon
  • Dr Nina Skorupska, Chief Executive, Renewable Energy Association


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from BEIS; the Cabinet Office; Defra; the Department for International Trade; the Health and Safety Executive; the Office of Government Property; and The Scottish Government.

Press passes have been reserved by representatives from Montel News and Platts.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with supply chain specialists across energy materials, parts and technologies, manufacture, offshore assembly and construction, renewable developers and infrastructure firms, as well as power generators, energy suppliers, investment and legal groups, regional business groups, local authorities, academics and commentators, as well as reporters from the national and trade media.

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

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript 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 are 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

Nicola Higgins

Deputy Director, Renewable Electricity, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Dr Nina Skorupska

Chief Executive, Renewable Energy Association

Lloyd James

Partner, Burges Salmon

Stuart Broadley

Chief Executive, The Energy Industries Council


Lord Oates

Liberal Democrats Spokesperson, Energy and Climate Change, House of Lords and Vice Chair, Net Zero All-Party Parliamentary Group


David Acres

Head of Policy, EDF Renewables UK

Dean Drinkwater

Managing Director, Hutchinson Engineering

Tessa Blazey

Development Director, Tidal Lagoon Power

Andrew Smith

Director, Greenbackers Investment Capital

Wafa Jafri

Director, Energy Lead Advisory, KPMG