Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Priorities for energy security in the UK - market efficiency, innovation and the future of the Capacity Market

Morning, Thursday, 9th May 2019

Central London


This conference focuses on priorities for energy security in the UK.

Delegates will discuss the future of the Capacity Market (CM) in light of the European Union ruling suspending the CM for violating state aid regulations and with the Commission expected to publish an Opening Decision on the Capacity Market investigation early this year, with their final decision following later in the year.

With the subsequent consultation on Technical Amendments to the CM - which include plans for a top-up auction during the summer of 2019, attendees will also assess how best to provide certainty to those involved in the CM during the suspension.

Also, against the backdrop of the wider review into the CM - aimed at ensuring that it remains fit for the future and expected for publication later this year - this seminar will provide an opportunity to assess what role the CM should have in future, and what more is needed from policy to support cost-effective energy security and the development of energy markets across the UK.

We also expect discussion on further options for promoting new generation capacity in the UK, including the impact of the range of government investment in facilitating innovation and routes to commercialisation in areas such as renewable energy and battery storage.

Attendees will consider what more needs to be done to encourage investment in the UK in the context of the launch of the UK’s £5bn Energy Investment Portfolio which will be promoted to global investors.

The agenda also looks at next steps for regulation, and cooperation between regulators and electricity network operators, in making sure the UK meets its energy requirements as demand patterns change and distributed generation becomes more common - as well as the impact of Brexit on security of supply chains and on European regulatory systems such as Euratom.

Delegates will also share latest thinking on the potential of smart technology in driving consumer behaviour with the recently published smart meters policy paper highlighting the potential for generating £40bn of wider economic benefits from additional energy sector services like demand side response, market intelligence data and energy storage technology.

Keynote Speakers

David Buttery

Deputy Director, Energy Security, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Julian Leslie

Head of Network Capability, Electricity System Operator, National Grid

Mo Suleman

Head of Commercial Asset Optimisation and Director, RWE Generation UK

Andrew Burgess

Deputy Director, Energy System Transition, Ofgem


Viscount Hanworth

Member, EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee


Senior speaker confirmed from Oil & Gas UK

Richard Goodfellow

Partner, Head of Infrastructure, Projects & Energy Group, Addleshaw Goddard

Senior speaker confirmed from KiWi Power

Angus Mcintosh

Director of Energy Futures, SGN

Gareth Miller

Chief Executive Officer, Cornwall Insight

Felicity Jones

Partner, Energy Storage and Flexibility, Everoze