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Past Energy Policy Debates

 EI Energy Policy Debates, 2017 programme

5 December - The electrification of the UK energy system 

The meeting will discuss the various options available and provide opportunity to exchange views and hear perspectives from all the panel members. 

Michael Jenner, Director of Policy and Regulation, UK Power Reserve
Eric Brown, Head of Innovation, Energy Systems Catapult
Tony Glover, Director of Policy and Gas, Energy Networks Association 

26 September - Security of supply - can the gas infrastructure system meet demand?

In this timely debate on the future of gas, our speakers will consider if the necessary infrastructure is in place to ensure there is adequate supply as well as examining the plans for LNG imports and gas storage. The meeting will discuss the options available and provide opportunity to exchange views and hear perspectives from all the panel members.

Martin Pibworth, Managing Director Wholesale, SSE
Chris Brown, Head of Gas Systems, Wholesale Markets, Ofgem
Nicola Pitts, Head of Market Change, Gas, National Grid

27 June -  Impact of Brexit on UK energy policy

This forthcoming Energy Policy Debate will discuss the main priorities for Government now Article 50 has been triggered and how the energy industry will adapt. The meeting will review the various options available and provide an opportunity to exchange views and hear perspectives from panel members.

Simon Virley CB FEI, Partner and UK Head of Power and Utilities, KPMG
Zac Richardson CEng, Head of Project Development - Business Development, National Grid 
Angela Hepworth, Corporate Policy and Regulation Director, EDF Energy 
Dr Joanne Wade FEI, Chair, EI Energy Advisory Panel and Chief Executive, Association for the Conservation of Energy

18 April - Government's Industrial Strategy - can policy keep up with the energy market?

Creating an industrial strategy that responds to the challenges of climate change and the economic challenges of a post-Brexit Britain is no small endeavour. Integrating business, energy, and industrial strategy into a new department (BEIS) creates an opportunity for decarbonisation to become fully embedded into the UK's industrial and business policy.

Will BEIS’s new Industrial Strategy take a long term view and adequately address the country’s energy and infrastructure needs? How far will it consider the need to upgrade the UK’s energy infrastructure? What will be its main objectives and how will it make a difference? Which technologies will it focus on and enable development of? Indeed, will it be R&D focused? 

Our panel will share views on these important issues while reflecting on whether policy is still relevant or if the energy market is moving away from policy, which many believe does not offer enough continuity.

Paul Massara, Chief Executive Officer, North Star Solar
Richard Howard, Director of Development & Head of Environment and Energy, Policy Exchange
Jeremy Nicholson, Director, Energy Intensive Users Group

EI Energy Policy Debates, 2016 programme

5 December - Commercial impact of power market interconnections between UK and Europe

Market integration through interconnection between UK and European power markets can offer significant benefits to consumers and businesses, and has the potential to become an essential part of our electricity system. Accessing low-carbon energy from Europe can help to meet the challenge of greener and more affordable energy, increase competition, enhance liquidity and greater diversity of supply, reduce economic risk and peak prices. This debate will specifically review commercial impact of interconnections and their implications for market participants.

Mark Copley, AP Wholesale Markets, Ofgem
Terry McCormick, Head of Corporate Development and Markets, National Grid
Rupert Steele OBE, Director of Regulation, ScottishPower
Andrew CareyTrading & Commercial, ESB UK

27 September Security of supply debate - How do we attract new investment in gas?

Gas is an integral part of the UK’s electricity generation mix and will continue to be so over the coming decades as we decarbonise our electricity system. It is the cleanest fossil fuel and one of the most flexible and reliable sources of electricity. What actions need to be taken to attract investment in gas generation infrastructure? Held close to the 3rd Capacity Market auction, the debate will be a perfect opportunity to hear from Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on what the Capacity Market will look like, as well as from an independent generator and a utility provider on whether investors have confidence in the UK energy sector and what steps need to be taken to create an attractive proposition for investment in UK gas generation.

Daniel Monzani, Head of Energy Security, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Martin Pibworth, Managing Director Wholesale, SSE
George Grant, Managing Director, Stag Energy 

5 July - Meeting the Carbon Budgets – how “disruptive” technologies could be game changers towards a low carbon future

The debate will provide an update on the progress made to meet the UK carbon budgets and will then consider which technologies will be the game changers in accelerating a transition to a low carbon future. Cases will be put forward for CCS, energy storage and small modular reactors (SMRs).

Professor Jim Skea CBE FEI, Imperial College London, President of the Energy Institute, Member of Committee on Climate Change
Dr David Clarke, Chief Executive, Energy Technologies Institute
Professor Mike Tynan, Chief Executive Officer, Nuclear AMRC

5 April - Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) investigation – shaping the future of energy markets

At the heart of the CMA's investigation is ensuring that energy markets can work at their best for customers, and this in-depth review has the potential to revolutionise the UK energy market.
  • How can competitiveness and choice be encouraged? 
  • What are the barriers new entrants to the market face? 
  • How can consumers be more engaged? 
  • What solutions are needed to help reduce bills, improve customer service and trust? 
  • What role the big six companies and the independent energy providers have to play? 
  • Is the investigation going to prove positive for consumers? 

Confirmed speaker:
Paul Spence FEI, Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs, EDF Energy
Sophie Yule, Director and General Counsel, Tempus Energy
Mervyn Kohler, External Affairs Adviser, Age UK

EI Energy Policy Debates, 2015 programme 

3 March - Pre-election energy question time
Venue:  CMS Cameron McKenna, Mitre House, 160 Aldersgate Street, London, EC1A 4DD

With the UK General Election imminent and this Parliament reaching the end of its term, political parties are busy developing the energy policy positions that they will submit to the voters in May. Ahead of the poll, the EI pre-election energy policy debate will provide an excellent and timely opportunity for delegates to hear the politicians? views on what the future directions for the UK energy industry should be.

Organised in the popular BBC Question Time format, this event will also enable the audience to join in the debate and express their own views on policy issues.

Confirmed speakers are:
Dr Philip Lee MP to represent the Conservative Party
Dr Alan Whitehead MP to represent the Labour Party
Nigel Orchard to represent the Liberal Democrat Party
Roger Helmer to represent UKIP

13 October - The new government’s energy policy
Venue: CMS Cameron McKenna (CMCK), Cannon Place, 78 Cannon Street, EC4N 6HL

The new government faces critical energy and environment issues; businesses and investors will need to know what is going to happen to decarbonisation policies, how the government plans to accelerate the transition to low-carbon economy, and what role the UK intends to play at the COP21 summit.

Confirmed speakers:
Geoffrey Spence, Chief Executive, Infrastructure UK, HM Treasury
Richard Hall, Director of Strategic Infrastructure, Citizens Advice
Barbara Vest, Director of Generation, Energy UK

15 December - UN Climate Change Conference COP21: where next for energy policy?
Venue: CMS Cameron McKenna (CMCK), Cannon Place, 78 Cannon Street, EC4N 6HL

Conventional energy resources continue to account for more than 80% of the world?s energy supply and they come with an environmental penalty that cannot be ignored. COP21 should be a decisive step in the negotiation of the future international post-2020 agreement, including both developed and developing countries. Held a few days after the COP21 meeting, the debate will discuss directions for future energy policy in light of the outcomes of the Paris meeting.

Confirmed speakers:
Professor Jim Skea CBE FEI, Imperial College London
Erik Bonino, Chairman, Shell UK 
Dr Ute Collier, Senior Programme Leader, Renewable Energy Division, IEA
Jonathan Brearley, Director, Brearley Economics

EI Energy Policy Debates, 2014 programme 

Venue:  CMS Cameron McKenna, Mitre House, 160 Aldersgate Street, London, EC1A 4DD

17 June - European energy policy - implications for the UK

The recent publication of a European policy framework for climate and energy in the period from 2020 to 2030, and the UK consultation on the division of energy policy competencies between the European Union and the UK, have again highlighted the importance for Member States of the European energy policy context and the key European Directives on energy and climate change issues.

This meeting and discussion will focus on the influence of such European measures in the UK. There will be three eminent speakers and the usual ample opportunity for questions and discussion.

Confirmed speakers:
Philip Lowe
, former Director general for Energy 2010-2014 and for Competition 2002-2010, European Commission
Susan Hankey, Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
Katrina Williams, Director General for International, Science and Resilience, Department of Energy and Climate Change

23 September - Consequences of the Scottish independence referendum for UK Energy Policy

This event takes place just days after the referendum on independence for Scotland, which is a truly historic event for the UK, and also raises big questions on energy policy issues. Many observers take the view that there will be consequences, even of a "No" vote.

Three speakers will discuss these consequences, and there will be the usual opportunities for questions and discussion. 

Confirmed speakers:
Robert Armour OBE, Chair, Energy Regulation Commission
Peter Atherton, Head of Utility Sector Research, Liberum
Ian Marchant FEI, President, Energy Institute

All EI Energy Policy Debates are chaired by:

Mike Gibbons CBE FEI, Chairman, Elexon

EI Energy Policy Debates are sponsored by:

                                          CMS Cameron McKenna


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