Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Local energy in the UK - finance, regulation and developing smart and flexible networks

Morning, Thursday, 5th September 2019

The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DR

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This conference will examine priorities for future development of local energy systems in the UK.


We expect discussion on what the target of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 - now being backed by legislative change - means for the community energy sector and the development of local low-carbon economies - as well as the support that will be needed, and the role of councils in local strategy design.


The conference also follows the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund programme prospering from the energy revolution and subsequent £30m funding to develop design proposals for smart local energy projects - aimed at designing systems which provide cleaner, cheaper energy services.


Delegates will evaluate the impact of the closure of the Feed-in Tariffs (FIT) scheme - which had led to expansion in small-scale generation - on new small-scale low-carbon generation applicants, as well as the future of subsidy support, with discussion expected on new, market-based incentive schemes.


It comes with the implementation of the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) Scheme scheduled to begin from January 2020 - requiring licensed suppliers to create local, user specific-tariffs for customers with energy storage, rooftop solar, and electric vehicles.


Delegates will assess whether SEG mechanisms go far enough to support small-scale generators - including potential challenges around tariff rates and whether compensation will be sufficient for households - as well what is needed from a market-based framework to aid the transition to local, smart energy systems.


They will also consider the viability of routes to market for community energy groups - such as the development of power purchasing agreements between local providers and energy retailers, and the role of council run energy projects.


Further sessions examine the future for the regulatory framework and and whether more should be done to support the growth of smart local energy markets.


It takes place within the context of:



Keynote Speakers

Patrick Allcorn

Head of Local Energy, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Rob Saunders

Deputy Challenge Director, Prospering from the Energy Revolution, Innovate UK

Emma Bridge

Chief Executive Officer, Community Energy England

Mark Futyan

Distributed Power Systems Director, Centrica

Keynote Speakers

Patrick Allcorn

Head of Local Energy, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Rob Saunders

Deputy Challenge Director, Prospering from the Energy Revolution, Innovate UK

Emma Bridge

Chief Executive Officer, Community Energy England

Mark Futyan

Distributed Power Systems Director, Centrica

Christianna Logan

Networks Insights Manager, SSE

Chairs

Luke Graham MP

Member, House of Commons Finance Select Committee

Wera Hobhouse MP

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Environment and Climate Change)

Speakers

Richard Halsey

Capabilities Director, Energy Systems Catapult

Philip Bazin

Head, Environment Team, UK and Ireland, Triodos Bank UK

Ross Fairley

Partner and Head, Energy, Power and Utilities Team, Burges Salmon

Leanne Wilson

Programme Manager, North East Yorkshire and Humber Local Energy Hub and Technology and Innovation Officer, Tees Valley Combined Authority

Nicholas Gall

Senior Policy Analyst, Solar Trade Association

Toby Ferenczi

Director of Strategy, OVO Energy

Olly Frankland

Project Manager, Regen and Electricity Storage Network