Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Renewable energy in the UK - market positioning, supporting growth, and priorities for policy and regulation

TO BE PUBLISHED January 2020

This conference will assess key current issues and next steps for the development of the UK renewable energy sector.

Areas for discussion include:

  • The positioning of renewables in the energy market;
  • Expanding clean generation at scale, and tackling issues for deployment;
  • Supporting the growth of businesses in the renewable energy sector at a local and regional level; and
  • Developing low-carbon infrastructure and the regulatory system for renewables.


There will be keynote contributions from:

  • Matthew Taylor, Head, CFD Design & Low-Carbon Technologies, BEIS;
  • John Robertson, Head, Energy and Infrastructure, Crown Estate Scotland;
  • David Hall, Head of Code Governance, Consumers and Markets, Ofgem;
  • Julian Leslie, Head of National Control, National Grid ESO; and
  • A senior speaker confirmed from the National Infrastructure Commission.

Further speakers include: David Bird, Investment Manager, Octopus Investments; Natasha Hobday, Policy and Regulation Director, Shell Energy; Jeremy Sainsbury, Director, Natural Power; Rebecca Williams, Head of Policy and Regulation, RenewableUK - as well as Simon Brett, Port of Tyne; Andrew Clark, North East Local Enterprise Partnership and Dr Jeremy Leggett, Solarcentury and SolarAid.

The agenda

  • The policy roadmap for renewable energy support and development;
  • Sector growth - innovation, skills development, market access and developing regional renewables businesses;
  • Renewables in the energy market - business cases, funding, the Capacity Market, support for established technologies, and retail market opportunities;
  • Infrastructure development - renewables integration, smart grids, and flexible networks
  • Regulation - code reform, planning, and reducing market barriers; and
  • Large-scale renewables deployment, contribution to the 2050 emissions target, and next steps for offshore wind power.

The context

The conference will be an opportunity to discuss key issues in the context of:

  • The recent Five-Year Review of the Capacity Market and its technical amendments report - confirming that barriers are to be reduced for renewable technologies in future auctions;
  • The Spending Round with commitments for publishing a net-zero emissions roadmap in the forthcoming National Infrastructure Strategy;
  • Launch of the Net Zero Review being led by the Treasury, assessing choices and opportunities for funding the transition;
  • Prospects for an Energy White Paper and UK policy for energy development, security, and decarbonisation; and
  • Following the BEIS announcement that 12 new renewable energy projects - including Offshore wind, Advanced Conversion Technologies, and Remote Island Wind - have been allocated Contracts for Difference.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates