Programme

Day 1 - 8th October

08:50
 - 09:20
Breakout Room
Networking
Registration and Welcome Refreshments
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
Opening Keynote - 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.
Liam Stoker
, Editor
, Current± News
Laura Colvine
, Industry Strategic Growth
, IBM
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
 - 12:00
Main Conference Room
Presentation
The First Hurdle
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
, Executive Director - Systems and Networks
, Ofgem
12:00
 - 12:30
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
12:30
 - 13:15
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.
Conrad Purcell
, Partner
, Bird & Bird LLP
Colin Campbell
, Partner - Infrastructure
, Zouk Capital
Irena Spazzapan
, Partner
, Systemiq
Dan Wells
, Partner
, Foresight Group EU
Bruce Huber
, CEO & Founder
, Alexa Capital

The Consumer Revolution

11:30
 - 11:50
Conference Room 2
Presentation
Anticipating Rapidly Changing Customer Needs
Customer needs are evolving at a very localised level, due to the disruption that is occurring in the market. Traditional ways of doing things simply will not be adequate in the short term, and companies must pinpoint how they plan to prepare their networks for this change.
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.
Senior Representative
, Senior Representative
, Northern Powergrid
Stew Horne
, Head of Energy Networks & Systems
, Citizens Advice
Steven Gough
, DSO Technical Authority
, SSEN
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.
Simon Daniel
, CEO
, Moixa
Oliver Rix
, Partner
, Baringa Partners
Chris Rimmer
, Infrastructure Strategy Lead
, CENEX
Karl Anders
, CEO
, Innogy E-Mobility UK
13:15
 - 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?
David Richardson
, Innovation Lead - Energy Systems
, Innovate UK
Holly Stockbridge-Hodgson
, Innovation Manager - UK & Ireland
, ENGIE
Nick Lyth
, Founder & CEO
, Green Angel Syndicate
Alexander Starchenko
, Managing Partner
, First Imagine! Ventures
15:00
 - 15:30
Main Conference Room
Presentation
The New Era of Energy Providers
What is it that the newer, more innovative companies in the energy market are bringing to the table that the veterans of energy provision are failing to provide? This session will share findings from one of the most innovative providers in the industry.
15:30
 - 16:15
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.
Ben Godfrey
, Network Strategy Manager
, Western Power Distribution
Ben Irons
, Co-Founder
, Habitat Energy
James Johnston
, CEO & Co-Founder
, Piclo Energy
Alex Howard
, Head of Strategy & Solutions
, Origami

The Consumer Revolution

14:15
 - 15:00
Conference Room 2
Panel Discussion
Project LEO
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.
Melanie Bryce
, Project LEO Director
, SSE
James Johnston
, CEO & Co-Founder
, Piclo Energy
David Middleton
, Head of Commercial Delivery
, Origami
15:00
 - 15:30
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
15:30
 - 16:15
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.
James Kirk
, Chief Technology Officer
, ENSEK Ltd
Elizabeth Allkins
, New Markets Analysis
, Ovo Energy
Matthew Roderick
, Founder
, N3rgy
16:15
 - 17:00
Breakout Room
Networking
Start-Up Parade in the Innovation Hub
Start-ups are driving the pace of transformation in the industry. Be the first to hear about the next great idea in our quick-fire pitches from cutting-edge companies, putting forward their plans to disrupt the industry. The innovators will try and solve pressing industry problems such as: • How can utilities make money in the future? • Connecting next-generation talent with the industry • How to combat cyber-security issues in the new landscape • Helping providers create value for the customer through technology If you think your idea is a game-changer, please get in touch with the team at entech@solarmedia.co.uk
17:00
 - 17:45
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?
Laura Sandys
, CEO
, Challenging Ideas
Richard Dobson
, Practice Manager - Data Systems
, Energy Systems Catapult
Steven Steer
, Head of Data
, Ofgem
17:45
 - 18:45
Breakout Room
Networking
Networking Drinks Reception

Day 2 - 9th October

09:00
 - 09:30
Breakout Room
Networking
Registration and Welcome Refreshments
09:30
 - 09:45
Main Conference Room
Presentation
Chair's Opening Remarks
09:45
 - 10:45
Main Conference Room
Panel Discussion
Re-Designing Business Models - How is Energy Trading Changing?
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 traders define the optimal time to do business in this changing landscape?
Rob Sherwood
, Head of Trading and Operations
, Limejump
Devrim Celal
, CEO
, Upside Energy
10:45
 - 11:15
Breakout Room
Networking
Networking Break
11:15
 - 12:00
Main Conference Room
Panel Discussion
Using Energy 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.
Rolf Bienert
, Technical Director
, Open ADR Alliance
Peter Müller-Brühl
, Chief Operational Officer
, GreenCom Networks
Stephan Marty
, General Manager - Energy Storage & International Demand Response
, Kiwi Power
11:15
 - 12:00
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.
Jack Kelly
, Founder
, Open Climate Fix
Madeleine Greenhalgh
, Policy & Advocacy Manager
, Regen
12:00
 - 12:30
Main Conference Room
Presentation
Strategies for Growth: M&A vs. Incubation
What is the best and most effective strategy to grow your company? This discussion will draw on different approaches to tackling how to expand and grow your business in the changing environment, including how to attract and support new talent into a changing sector.
12:00
 - 12:30
Conference Room 2
Presentation
Demonstrating the Real-Life Application of AI for Utilities
We use AI and Machine Learning to produce forecasts in order to maximise value and facilitate current methods of working. As the changing landscape becomes more dependent on this, we explore how we can take advantage of this, in particular from a utility perspective.
12:30
 - 13:30
Breakout Room
Lunch
Lunch & Networking
13:30
 - 14:15
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.
Maria McKavanagh
, Chief Innovation Officer
, Verv Energy
Maria Brucoli
, Smart Energy Systems Manager
, EDF Energy R&D UK Centre
14:15
 - 14:45
Main Conference Room
Presentation
Open Innovability
Enel are implementing open innovation which is helping them to become the most innovative energy company in the world. Their strategy is called “Open Innovability” which means Open Innovation and Sustainability together.
Fabio Tentori
, Head of Innovation Hub and Startup Initiatives
, Enel
14:45
 - 15:10
Main Conference Room
Presentation
Transport for London Open Data Case Study
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 London 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
15:10
 - 16:00
Breakout Room
Networking
Start-Up Parade in the Innovation Hub
Start-ups are driving the pace of transformation in the industry. Be the first to hear about the next great idea in our quick-fire pitches from cutting-edge companies, putting forward their plans to disrupt the industry. The innovators will try and solve pressing industry problems such as: • How can utilities make money in the future? • Connecting next-generation talent with the industry • How to combat cyber-security issues in the new landscape • Helping providers create value for the customer through technology If you think your idea is a game-changer, please get in touch with the team at entech@solarmedia.co.uk