The Welsh energy sector is at an exciting stage. With major investments ploughing ahead and hubs for innovation and development of new low carbon technologies maturing, it is leading the UK by example.
But fostering cutting-edge technology and innovation brings challenges as well as opportunities. As it seeks to maintain and push forward its ambitions to be an internationally recognised leader in low carbon fields, Wales must grasp the technical and social issues that this brings to the fore.
These include; finding ways to support deployment and reduce the cost of energy storage, upgrading energy network infrastructure, understanding how Wales’ natural resources will define the best low carbon pathways it should take and crucially, understanding how a low carbon transition can be used to support national economic growth and how it sits alongside Wales’ issues with consumer vulnerability. With a higher proportion of fuel poor households than the UK average, affordability remains a central and sensitive issue within Wales’ low carbon transition.
The Utility Week Wales Energy Conference provides the much-needed high-level forum for all major stakeholders and policy developers for Wales to come together and discuss the best strategies and outcomes for the nation. The agenda will tackle technical challenges using wide ranging case studies from those with live network and infrastructure projects, and will link the progress these schemes are making to Welsh energy policy, support for innovation and government targets.
We look forward to welcoming you to Cardiff for a day of insightful thought leadership, wide ranging discussion, innovation showcasing and networking.
Ellen Bennett Editor Utility Week
Who should attend?
This conference brings together energy generation, retail, networks, and government professionals in Wales. It will be of particular interest to CEOs, COOs, directors, heads and managers responsible for:
Finance & investment
Renewables / nuclear / tidal / marine/ solar / wind
Demand management / response
Asset management, innovation and engineering
Grid operations / smart grids / future grids
Low carbon / climate change
This event will also be of interest to:
Contractors & suppliers
NGOs & charities
About Utility Week
Utility Week was launched in 1994 in response to the growing regulatory and market complexity following utility privatisation. For more than 20 years, Utility Week has been the UK utility sector’s unrivalled thought leader and source of news and comment on the business of Britain’s electricity, gas and water companies. Utility Week provides authoritative analysis, impartial industry intelligence and insight. It has the trust and respect of utility chiefs, regulators and government.