Programme

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.
Laura Colvine
, Industry Strategic Growth
, IBM
Liam Stoker
, Editor
, Current± News
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.
Bruce Huber
, CEO & Founder
, Alexa Capital
Colin Campbell
, Partner - Infrastructure
, Zouk Capital
Conrad Purcell
, Partner
, Bird & Bird LLP
Dan Wells
, Partner
, Foresight Group EU
Irena Spazzapan
, Partner
, Systemiq

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.
Felicity Jones
, Partner - Energy Storage and Flexibility
, Everoze
Randolph Brazier
, Head of Innovation & Development
, Energy Networks Association
Senior Representative
, Senior Representative
, Northern Powergrid
Steven Gough
, DSO Technical Authority
, SSEN
Stew Horne
, Head of Energy Networks & Systems
, Citizens Advice
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.
Chris Rimmer
, Infrastructure Strategy Lead
, CENEX
Karl Anders
, CEO
, Innogy E-Mobility UK
Oliver Rix
, Partner
, Baringa Partners
Simon Daniel
, CEO
, Moixa
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?
Alexander Starchenko
, Managing Partner
, First Imagine! Ventures
David Richardson
, Innovation Lead - Energy Systems
, Innovate UK
Holly Stockbridge-Hodgson
, Innovation Manager - UK & Ireland
, ENGIE
Nick Lyth
, Founder & CEO
, Green Angel Syndicate
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.
Alex Howard
, Head of Strategy & Solutions
, Origami
Ben Godfrey
, Network Strategy Manager
, Western Power Distribution
Ben Irons
, Co-Founder
, Habitat Energy
James Johnston
, CEO & Co-Founder
, Piclo Energy

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.
David Middleton
, Head of Commercial Delivery
, Origami
James Johnston
, CEO & Co-Founder
, Piclo Energy
Melanie Bryce
, Project LEO Director
, SSE
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.
Elizabeth Allkins
, New Markets Analysis
, Ovo Energy
James Kirk
, Chief Technology Officer
, ENSEK Ltd
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