Programme

Day 1 - 8th October

08:00
 - 09:00
Breakout Room
Networking
Registration and Welcome Refreshments
09:10
 - 09:20
Main Conference Room
Presentation
Opening Remarks
Liam Stoker
, Editor
, Current± News
09:20
 - 09:40
Main Conference Room
Presentation
Welcome to the Digital Age
Meet Ade McCormack, digital strategist, thought-leader and futurist. This session gives insight on how to prepare your organisation for an unknowable future where past success is no longer an indicator of future success.
Ade McCormack
, Founder
, Digital Readiness Institute
09:40
 - 10:00
Main Conference Room
Presentation
Accelerating the Development of a Smart, Sustainable and Decentralised Energy Market
How does National Grid Ventures think about new business models and strategy for the energy transition? Daniel will discuss differences in trade-off between building (incubating), partnering (Joint Ventures) or buying (M&A).
Daniel Westerman
, President of Distributed Energy & Renewables
, National Grid Ventures
10:00
 - 10:45
Main Conference Room
Fireside Chat
Keeping Up With the Revolution: How Will the Power Sector Cope with Transformation?
Join our Current+ editor for an engaging discussion with industry-leaders, energy providers, utilities and tech giants. We will draw comparisons from other industries on how change and transformation can be effectively implemented.
Laurence Carpanini
, Director Smart Energy Solutions
, IBM Europe
Rebecca Dibb-Simkin
, Co-Founder/Director of Product
, Octopus Energy
Nacho Gimenez
, Managing Director, Europe and Middle East
, BP Ventures
Dirk Idstein
, Managing Director, Enel X Europe
, Enel X
Liam Stoker
, Editor
, Current± News
Ade McCormack
, Founder
, Digital Readiness Institute
10:45
 - 11:30
Breakout Room
Networking
Speed Networking Break
Speed networking is like speed dating for professionals - an ideal way to make quality business contacts in a short space of time. Don’t forget your business cards!

Strategy and Innovation for the Changing Ecosystem

11:30
 - 11:55
Main Conference Room
Presentation
The Decarbonisation Challenge
The UK Government has recently committed to legislate for net zero emissions by 2050, as recommended by the Committee on Climate Change. This is a fundamental step forward in the drive to decarbonisation, however clear, well-designed policy & regulation is still needed to ensure this target is reached. So what strategies are in place to reach the end goal?
Jonathan Brearley
, CEO
, Ofgem
11:55
 - 12:15
Main Conference Room
Presentation
Intelligent Platforms; Joining the Dots
Tom Pakenham will explain how we can transition to a zero-carbon grid by unlocking vast amounts of flexibility in people's homes. In the future, every connected device from electric vehicles to smart heaters will be intelligently enabled to consume energy when prices and carbon are low, turning homes into mini power stations and freeing up the grid.
Tom Pakenham
, Director of Electric Vehicles
, Kaluza
12:15
 - 13:00
Main Conference Room
Panel Discussion
Unlocking Innovation Funding
Join this debate to find out what we can expect from the new investment landscapes of the future. Trends are moving away from traditional methods and require more sophisticated investors and tech-niques. This discussion will cover the build vs. buy debate, investment priorities for fund managers and what trends we may see appearing.
Colin Campbell
, Partner - Infrastructure
, Zouk Capital
Irena Spazzapan
, Partner
, Systemiq
Eric Weemaels
, Technical Acquisition Manager
, Foresight Group EU
Conrad Purcell
, Partner
, Bird & Bird LLP
Bruce Huber
, CEO & Founder
, Alexa Capital

The Consumer Revolution

11:30
 - 11:50
Conference Room 2
Presentation
RecorDER - Understanding Data
The use of technology such as Blockchain is being implemented in many new projects across the sector. This session will assess the future potential for using this technology in the power market, and how it can improve the customer experience, drawing on findings from a collaborative innovation project aiming to create a shared asset register for energy asset data.
JoJo Hubbard
, CEO & Co-Founder
, Electron
11:50
 - 12:35
Conference Room 2
Panel Discussion
Sink or Swim: Is Time Running Out for DNO’s?
The reputation of the DNOs is at stake; they must find a way to reconfigure their network systems in order to satisfy future customer needs. This session will directly challenge them on their strategies for the future, implementation and innovation, with input from an industry disruptor. We aim to uncover whether or not the DSO model is actually sustainable for the future.
Jim Cardwell
, Head of Policy Development
, Northern Powergrid
Stew Horne
, Head of Energy Networks & Systems
, Citizens Advice
Steve Atkins
, DS0 Strategy Manager
, SSEN
Anna Ferguson
, Power Systems Director
, WSP
Felicity Jones
, Partner - Energy Storage and Flexibility
, Everoze
Randolph Brazier
, Head of Innovation & Development
, Energy Networks Association
12:35
 - 13:15
Conference Room 2
Panel Discussion
EVs Futureproofing the Grid
V2G technology is proving invaluable for balancing demand and supply on the grid, and will play a vital role in its future. This session will frame what electric vehicles mean for the future of the energy system, de-carbonisation and the impact for customers themselves.
Matt Allen
, CEO
, Pivot Power
Simon Daniel
, CEO
, Moixa
Oliver Rix
, Partner
, Baringa Partners
Chris Rimmer
, Infrastructure Strategy Lead
, CENEX
Karl Anders
, CEO
, Innogy E-Mobility UK
13:00
 - 14:15
Breakout Room
Lunch
Lunch & Networking

Strategy and Innovation for the Changing Ecosystem

14:15
 - 15:00
Main Conference Room
Panel Discussion
Innovation, Innovation, Innovation
Innovation is key to keeping ahead of the game on the path towards decarbonisation and digitisation. The Government provide funding for specific projects and innovation competitions, but what is it that innovation hubs, accelerators and fund managers are really looking for?
Nick Lyth
, Founder & CEO
, Green Angel Syndicate
Alexander Starchenko
, Managing Partner
, First Imagine! Ventures
Adriana Laguna
, Senior Innovation Strategy Manager
, UK Power Networks
Holly Stockbridge-Hodgson
, Innovation Manager - UK & Ireland
, ENGIE
15:00
 - 15:20
Main Conference Room
Presentation
The Domestic Energy Transition: Solving the In-Home Flexibility Challenge
This session will explore the problems created by the electrification of homes, identify the opportunities for new energy models as well as aiming to empower customers to support the grid with AI. We will prove how we've made domestic VPPs cost-effective and the hurdles we’ve overcome to deliver the leading in-home flexibility platform. Social Energy technology will deliver a HUGE opportunity for the whole energy eco-system.
Stephen Day
, Chief Technology Officer
, Social Energy
15:40
 - 16:25
Main Conference Room
Panel Discussion
How are Emerging Tech Platforms Disrupting the Market?
What partnerships and further innovation are needed for companies to unlock the full potential of flexibility and manage risk? The emergence of platforms to facilitate working relationships, managing DSR and how tech is enabling new generation flexibility will all come to the fore in this discussion.
Michael Kenefick
, Associate - Decentralized Energy
, BloombergNEF
Ben Godfrey
, Network Strategy Manager
, Western Power Distribution
Ben Irons
, Co-Founder
, Habitat Energy
Alice Tyler
, Co-Founder
, Piclo Energy
Alex Howard
, Head of Strategy & Solutions
, Origami
16:25
 - 16:45
Main Conference Room
Presentation
Centrica & N-SIDE Present Cornwall LEM: An Auction-Based T/D Flex Market
A description of the LEM platform’s key features and how the LEM’s end-to-end processes streamline flexibility trading, as well as a brief discussion of key regulatory principles for local flexibility.
Sam Wevers
, Product Manager - Cornwall Local Energy Market
, Centrica
Adrien Rosen
, Senior Consultant
, N-SIDE

The Consumer Revolution

14:15
 - 15:00
Conference Room 2
Panel Discussion
Project LEO - The Future of Local Energy
Major stakeholders in the industry are trialing a new community energy project, with Oxford attempting to become the first zero-emissions city in the UK. Project LEO aims to deliver a ‘transformative integrated smart local energy system to maximise prosperity’ with the aim of proving how companies can work together for a better energy future. With the launch of the project this year, project partners from SSEN, EDF Energy, Origami Energy, Piclo Energy and Oxford City Council will share and analyse the findings so far in this interactive discussion.
Kelsey Devine
, Project Manager - Project LEO
, Piclo Energy
Melanie Bryce
, Project LEO Director
, SSE
Steve Atkins
, DS0 Strategy Manager
, SSEN
David Middleton
, Head of Commercial Delivery
, Origami
15:40
 - 16:25
Conference Room 2
Panel Discussion
Using Data for Good
The rise of the prosumer means that effective harnessing of data and technology are key elements to success. In a data-driven environment, all parties must learn how to successfully implement data and analytics in order to drive the customer experience and secure long-term loyalty.
Graham Campbell
, Head of DSO
, SP Energy Networks
Kevin Donkers
, Technologist
, Met Office Informatics Lab
Elizabeth Allkins
, New Markets Analysis
, Ovo Energy
Matthew Roderick
, Founder
, N3rgy
James Kirk
, Chief Technology Officer
, ENSEK Ltd
16:45
 - 17:45
Breakout Room
Networking
Networking in the Innovation Hub
17:45
 - 19:00
Breakout Room
Networking
Networking Drinks Reception

Day 2 - 9th October

08:30
 - 09:30
Breakout Room
Networking
Registration and Welcome Refreshments
09:30
 - 09:45
Main Conference Room
Presentation
Chair's Opening Remarks
Nina Skorupska CBE
, CEO
, Renewable Energy Association
09:45
 - 10:45
Main Conference Room
Panel Discussion
Data Driving Change
With the explosion of data across the board, how will the power sector react to this new, data-rich environment? Data can be utilized in many ways to enhance the UX and provide further services, but how can companies harness the true power of data?
Danae Marshall
, Head of Delivery - Smart Energy Data
, BEIS
Ronald Hendrikx
, Partner
, Bird & Bird LLP
Richard Dobson
, Practice Manager - Data Systems
, Energy Systems Catapult
David Sykes
, Senior Data Scientist
, Octopus Energy
Olivier Thereaux
, Head of Technology
, The Open Data Institute
Steven Steer
, Head of Data
, Ofgem
10:45
 - 11:30
Breakout Room
Networking
Networking Break
11:30
 - 12:15
Main Conference Room
Panel Discussion
Using Electricity Intelligently
Managing energy demand will become increasingly challenging unless the industry finds new ways to do this. Demand-Side Response is one of the best ways to balance the grid and not waste excess energy, with the help of Smart Grids to help customers become energy-managers. This panel will delve into the demand-supply debate, with proven use-cases and project coverage to create an engaging and informative debate.
Pierre Mullin
, Software Development Executive
, Siemens Digital Grid
Jan Lengerke
, Chief Sales Officer
, GreenCom Networks
Rick Parfett
, Policy Manager
, The Association for Decentralised Energy
Keith Evans
, DSO Transition and Smart Grid Engineering Manager
, Electricity Northwest
11:30
 - 12:15
Conference Room 2
Panel Discussion
The AI-Human Interface
There are limits to what humans can do, which is where Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning comes into play. AI is being absorbed into the industry more and more, but where does the balance lie between Artificial Intelligence and manual intervention? This panel will discuss the impact of this, the pros and cons and how to harness them for the good of the industry.
James Kelloway
, Energy Intelligence Manager
, National Grid ESO
Maria Athanassiadou
, Scientific Systems Manager
, Met Office Informatics Lab
Jack Kelly
, Founder
, Open Climate Fix
Madeleine Greenhalgh
, Policy & Advocacy Manager
, Regen
12:15
 - 12:45
Conference Room 2
Presentation
From Energy Data to Business Value – The Next Step for Open Data
The Danish transmission system operator, Energinet, present how they seek to have an innovative approach to publish and exploit the massive amount of energy data available to achieve an energy system based on 100% renewable energy.
Majbritt Astrup
, Senior Business Developer
, Energinet
Jesper Kronborg Jensen
, Senior Project Manager
, Energinet
12:15
 - 13:00
Main Conference Room
Panel Discussion
Paving the Way for Energy Trading
One of the consequences of intermittent renewables in the energy sector is a shift in the way that energy is traded and balanced. Decisions are being pushed closer to real-time, meaning the use of Machine Learning and algorithms is essential, opening doors for technology platforms and software. So how can technology manage and optimise the value of flexible assets such as storage, DSR, EVs compared to more traditional trading approaches?
Isla Finney
, Director
, Lake Street Consulting Ltd
Phil Steele
, Future Technologies Evangelist
, Octopus Energy
Thomas Jennings
, Head of Optimisation
, Kiwi Power
Rob Sherwood
, Head of Trading and Operations
, Limejump
Devrim Celal
, CEO
, Upside Energy
12:45
 - 13:15
Conference Room 2
Presentation
Vision for the Future
Transport for London is the largest transport entity in the country. What is less known is that TfL is also the largest landowner in London, an advertising company, a telecom company rolling out fibre optics across Lon-don and an energy company. Join this session to find out more about how TfL has achieved ‘Open Data’ across their transport arm as well as how they think holistically about data and integration across their many arms. It will also cover how TfL is planning to procure energy in the future.
Alexander Gilbert
, Senior Strategy Manager for Commercial Energy
, Transport for London
13:00
 - 13:20
Main Conference Room
Presentation
From Smart Grids to Real-Time Energy Markets
Digital technologies such as AI, 5G and blockchain will make energy grids more efficient. At the same time, peer-to-peer energy trading is becoming more and more popular. Jens will show that without an appropriate market-based framework for an increasingly decentralised and sector-spanning electricity system, the overall system cost will explode due increasing state intervention. Jens will talk about a digital real-time energy economy offering an alternative. He will show how blockchain technology and AI can help to strengthen the market economy by opening electricity markets to IoT devices.
Jens Strüker
, Director of the Energy Industry Institute
, Fresenius University
13:20
 - 14:15
Breakout Room
Lunch
Lunch & Networking
14:15
 - 15:00
Main Conference Room
Panel Discussion
Thinking Outside the Grid
This panel will delve deep into ground-breaking peer-to-peer energy trading projects which are in full swing, enabling residents to trade electricity generated by renewable sources on the blockchain.
Nicholas Gall
, Senior Policy Analyst
, The Solar Trade Association
Maria McKavanagh
, Chief Innovation Officer
, Verv Energy
Laurence Carpanini
, Director Smart Energy Solutions
, IBM Europe
Agamemnon Otero MBE
, Co-CEO
, Repowering London
Maria Brucoli
, Smart Energy Systems Manager
, EDF Energy R&D UK Centre
15:00
 - 15:15
Main Conference Room
Presentation
Closing Remarks