Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Developing smart electricity networks - decarbonisation, flexibility and integration

Morning, Thursday, 5th December 2019

Central London


This seminar will assess the next steps for developing smart electricity networks in the UK - including discussion on decarbonising the grid, integrating smart technology - such as storage technologies and electric vehicles, and enabling flexibility both in energy transmission, distribution, and infrastructure.

It is bringing together industry stakeholders and policymakers, with the UK Government’s commitment to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 and the forthcoming Energy White Paper expected later this year.

Delegates will examine priorities for transforming the energy system including:

  • the integration of smart, clean and distributed energy into the network;
  • tackling challenges for delivering network flexibility and improving local grid balancing; and
  • measures for developing smart and whole-systems grid infrastructure, such as expanding electric vehicle charging and improving AI and machine learning adoption.

Delegates will discuss the future shape of the regulatory landscape and how effectively it supports the development of a smart energy market.

It takes place in the context of:

Following the announcement that all new-build homes could include homecharging as part of a public consultation on changing building regulations in England - delegates will also assess priorities for overcoming challenges around vehicle-to-grid charging on the network.

Further sessions will evaluate priorities for supporting market competition and the impact of potential reform to network access rights.

We expect discussion on what more should be done to reduce barriers to entry for new energy suppliers and encourage the uptake of innovation - including AI - in the sector.

Keynote Speaker

Ben Eyre-White

Head of Networks, Systems and Interconnection, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Keynote Speaker

Ben Eyre-White

Head of Networks, Systems and Interconnection, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


Senior speaker confirmed from Octopus Energy

Tanya Sinclair

Policy Director UK & Ireland, ChargePoint

Rebecca Yates

Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Smart Energy GB

Senior speaker confirmed from Limejump

Steve Holliday

former Chief Executive Officer, National Grid and President, Energy Institute

Maria McKavanagh

Chief Innovation Officer, Verv

Dr Sara Walker

Deputy Director, Supergen Energy Networks Hub and Director of Expertise, Infrastructure Research, School of Engineering, Newcastle University

Randolph Brazier

Head, Innovation and Development, Energy Networks Association

Duncan Botting

Energy Sector Executive Committee Chair, IET and Managing Director, Global Smart Transformation