29 March 2022

8:45 am

Registration, networking and exhibition

9:30 am

Welcome from conference chair

Speaker

9:35 am

FUTURE NETWORKS: TACKLING THE REGULATORY LANDSCAPE & WHOLE SYSTEM APPROACHES

9:35 am

Keynote: Government’s plans for an agile, flexible network, post Net Zero Strategy and COP26

  • Facilitating the rapid, transformational change required in electricity networks for 2035 power sector decarbonisation while responding to consumer and energy system needs
  • Exploring the Net Zero Strategy and outputs of COP26 and their ramifications for the industry 
  • The government’s electrification ambitions  

Speaker

9:55 am

Future Networks: the latest from Ofgem (VIRTUAL)

  • An update on the Innovation Fund and Low Carbon Infrastructure Programme  
  • The practicalities of investment in RIIO-2  
  • How will the energy mix work in the future and how will changes be funded? 
  • The regulator’s role in enabling a whole systems approach 

Speaker

  • Steve McMahon

    Steve McMahon
    Deputy director for onshore networks, price control setting - Ofgem

10:15 am

Panel debate and questions: a whole systems approach: how do we make it work?

  • Remaining regulatory barriers to a whole systems approach: what changes could be made? 
  • How can we better accelerate innovation and digitalisation?  
  • What are we doing to better manage the complexity of increased data? 

Speakers

11:00 am

Refreshments, networking and exhibition

11:30 am

BREAKOUT STREAM A: THE PATH TO NET ZERO

Choose to attend either stream A or stream B

11:30 am

Financing the path to net zero

Speaker

11:30 am

Tackling the economic and environmental landscape in a volatile market 

  • Managing increasing demand and changing demand patterns  
  • How can we ensure that no-one is left behind during the energy transition? 

Speaker

11:30 am

Keeping up with the pace and urgency of net zero: how do we achieve it? 

  • Near term priorities to decarbonise gas networks  
  • What are we doing to maintain resilience whilst delivering such huge change?

Speaker

  • Matt Hindle

    Matt Hindle
    Head of net zero and sustainability - Wales & West Utilities

11:30 am

The path to net zero

  • Finishing the job on decarbonising electricity generation
  • The challenges of securing supply through the transition

Speaker

11:30 am

BREAKOUT STREAM B: THE ROLE OF INNOVATION AND PARTNERSHIPS

Choose to attend either stream A or stream B

11:30 am

How can we best ensure innovation in line with FES and net zero?

  • How is industry innovation changing? 
  • The ENA’s role in the transition  

Speaker

11:30 am

The collaborative elements between the electricity networks and the drive to net zero through the Zero Carbon Oxford Partnership and Project LEO

Speakers

  • Councillor Tom Hayes

    Councillor Tom Hayes
    Deputy leader and cabinet member for green transport and Zero Carbon Oxford - Oxford City Council

  • Melanie Bryce

    Melanie Bryce
    Oxfordshire programme director - SSE

11:30 am

Facilitating open data for a smart energy future

Speakers

  • Matt Webb

    Matt Webb
    Head of enterprise data management - UK Power Networks

  • Fanny Goldschmidt

    Fanny Goldschmidt
    Account executive - utilities & energy - Opendatasoft

12:45 pm

Fork buffet lunch, networking and exhibition

1:45 pm

ROUNDTABLE SESSIONS

Industry leaders will present innovative case studies dedicated to future scenarios. Interactive roundtable discussion will follow, giving you a unique opportunity to brainstorm with your peers. Choose from 3.  

1:45 pm

GROUP 1 – THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORT

  • Overcoming network barriers to unlock EVs  
  • Bringing the consumer on the EV journey  
  • Transport and hydrogen opportunities 

Speakers

  • Paul Jewell

    Paul Jewell
    System development manager - Western Power Distribution

  • Iain Miller

    Iain Miller
    Head of innovation - Northern Powergrid

  • Thalia Skoufa

    Thalia Skoufa
    Practice manager - transport - Energy Systems Catapult

  • Graeme Cooper

    Graeme Cooper
    Head of future markets - National Grid

1:45 pm

GROUP 2 – THE FUTURE CUSTOMER

  • Enabling a consumer-led transition: where are the opportunities? 
  • Communication with customers – beyond the meter  
  • What will the future customer look like and how will we cater for them?  

Speakers

1:45 pm

GROUP 3 – THE FUTURE OF GAS

  • Barriers and opportunities in the delivery of hydrogen 
  • Considering regulation, innovation and facilitation: where are we a year on?  
  • Storage opportunities 

Speakers

  • Sarah Williams

    Sarah Williams
    Director of regulation and asset strategy - Wales & West Utilities

  • Richard Waine

    Richard Waine
    Hydrogen networks consultant - Energy Systems Catapult

  • Eric Brown

    Eric Brown
    Executive adviser - Energy Systems Catapult

2:45 pm

Refreshments, networking and exhibition

3:14 pm

THE ROLE OF INNOVATION, DATA & TECHNOLOGY IN DRIVING THE NETWORK OF THE FUTURE

3:15 pm

Integrating technology into business as usual 

  • De-risking and future-proofing innovations  
  • How can data and smart technology boost flexible demand?

Speaker

  • Jonathan Berry

    Jonathan Berry
    Head of data and digital - Western Power Distribution

3:30 pm

The criticality of systems, data and asset integration in future networks orchestration

  • Accelerating digital transformation
  • Exploiting new technologies to drive value

Speaker

  • Jim Allen

    Jim Allen
    Strategy manager - future energy systems - Capula

3:45 pm

An international perspective on integrated sustainable energy systems

  • Combining business innovation with research excellence 
  • The role of data and technology in driving the network of the future  
  • The Irish Government’s Energy Research Strategy  

Speaker

  • Padraig Lyons

    Padraig Lyons
    Head of group - International Energy Research Centre (IERC)

4:00 pm

The evolving role of Northern Ireland’s Distribution Network

  • Enabling the decentralisation of renewable generation
  • Facilitating low carbon technologies through advances in forecasting and network visibility
  • Utilising smart and flexible solutions to manage the network

Speaker

4:15 pm

How can the grid better facilitate access to renewable energy sources?

  • What are the next steps for renewable energy?  
  • Managing grid stability in the changing energy landscape  
  • Ambitions for a clean energy future  

Speaker

4:30 pm

Questions and answers

4:45 pm

Close of the Utility Week Future Networks Conference 2022