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Next steps for the Contracts for Difference Scheme - innovation across renewables, Supply Chain Plans, and assessing the future market outlook

Morning, Friday, 15th July 2022

This conference focuses on next steps for the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme.

It comes with the recent changes to future CfD Allocation Rounds, and with ambitions for renewables announced in the British Energy Security Strategy, including increasing offshore wind and growing solar capacity.

Areas of discussion include:

  • Allocation Round 4 - what has been learned ◦ what can be applied going forward
  • Holistic Network Design - scope ◦ development priorities for offshore wind projects
  • supply chains resilience - improving Supply Chain Plans ◦  efficiency ◦ infrastructure priorities ◦ commercialising emerging technologies
  • market reform and development - outlook ◦ balancing competition and accessibility ◦ reducing costs of technology ◦ support for rapid & sustainable low carbon scale-up
  • role in wider policy ambitions - energy security & costs ◦ net-zero objectives ◦ increasing home-grown supply ◦ reducing exposure to volatile international markets

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Helena Charlton, Head of Renewable Delivery Team, BEIS; Julian Leslie, Head of Network Capability Electricity, Electricity System Operator, National Grid ESO; and Neil McDermott, Chief Executive, Low Carbon Contracts Company.

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from BEIS; Department for the Economy, NI; Department for Transport; EU Commission; Transport Scotland; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Lords.

Keynote Speakers

Helena Charlton

Head of Renewable Delivery Team, BEIS

Neil McDermott

Chief Executive, Low Carbon Contracts Company

Keynote Speakers

Julian Leslie

Head of Networks and Chief Engineer, National Grid ESO

Helena Charlton

Head of Renewable Delivery Team, BEIS

Neil McDermott

Chief Executive, Low Carbon Contracts Company


Lord Whitty

Member, Environment and Climate Change Lord Select Committee; and Co-Chair, All-party Parliamentary Group on Energy Costs

Lord Oates

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


Ross Fairley

Partner, Burges Salmon

Morag Watson

Director of Policy, Scottish Renewables

Gavin Smart

Head of Insights, Catapult Offshore Renewable Energy

Marina Valls

Associate Director, KPMG

George Day

Head of Markets Policy and Regulation, Energy Systems Catapult

Kerry Hayes

Project Development Manager, Simply Blue Group

Chris Hewett

Chief Executive, Solar Energy UK

Steve Jermy

Non-Executive Director, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP; and Chair, Celtic Sea Power