Rushlight Transport Briefing

UK Energy: Analysis and Strategy


Wednesday 25 January 2017, commencing at 8.00am

 The Royal College of Surgeons of England, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London

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This event opens the Rushlight Show. Breakfast will be served from 8.00am for those who are pre-registered. Breakfast will then finish being available by 8.30am when the panel commences.  The panel session will end by 10.00am and delegates for just this part of the event are asked to leave by 11.00am, having had the opportunity to visit the Exhibition or to have impromptu one-to-one meetings in the meeting area.

The presentations will set out once and for all the current position and way forward for the UK energy market, looking at onshore and offshore wind, solar, bioenergy, marine energy, nuclear, fracking, coal-fired power station closures, geothermal and other heating and cooling systems with what remains of the subsidy arrangements and without any financial support.  This is one of the first opportunities to hear from BEIS about the energy strategy for the UK.

The decarbonisation of the UK Energy Market is taking place.  Whether it is happening fast enough and effectively to meet the needs of energy sustainability, security and affordability is open to question, with sudden policy changes affecting solar and onshore wind in particular.  With new nuclear moving forward slowly and fracking being placed as part of the energy source mix, what is the unified UK energy vision and strategy, what is the current economic position for renewables and is it all economically and technologically  sustainable?  What role will smart meters and grids, energy efficiency, demand response and storage play in delivering the final objective?

As BEIS settles down and decisions are made about BREXIT and the implications for EU energy trading, will gas remain as the central stepping stone to an energy-secure future?  While clearly preferable to coal,  new  fossil gas-fired power stations will nevertheless be a major source of carbon emissions for the next 50 years if allowed to run unabated.  The role of nuclear, another mainstay of the energy portfolio, in improving the affordability of energy is open to challenge.

The broad idea of electrifying transport and to a lesser extent heat and decarbonising electricity generation to achieve the trilemma objectives increases the demand for electricity in the UK by a factor of about 6 at a time when coal-fired plant, the original mainstay of the centralised grid, comes off tap.  Can all these variables converge on a reliable, affordable, clean energy system?

This seminar will seek to set out the current status of UK energy, the relative costs of the different power generation sources and the likely contributions they can provide.  We will assess the waste to energy capacity, the situation of biomass, the role of localised energy and see if hydrogen can play a significant part in the mix.

This is a fundamentally important event for anyone involved with the UK Energy Market.


Chair: Richard Black, Director Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit

8.30am                 Opening remarks: Richard Black, Director Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit

8.35am                 UK Energy Market Analysis: Helen Wallace-Fisher, International Energy Risk Manager, Accenture.  Her presentation is HERE.

8.50am                 Update from BEIS: Clive Maxwell, DG Energy Transformation, BEIS.  He spoke from notes and so no presentation is available.

9.05am                 The Energy Revolution: Jonathan Lydiard-Wilson, Managing Director, Accenture.  His presentation is HERE.

9.20am                 Panel discussion and Q&A, augmented by

Philip New, Chief Executive Energy Systems Catapult

Brian Tilley, Head of Energy Policy, E.ON UK

10.00am               Networking and Exhibition

11.00am               Event closes for delegates who are registered for just the UK Energy event



The cost of a UK Energy Breakfast & Seminar ticket is £40 plus VAT, which includes a hot breakfast. the seminar, the exhibition, networking and the whole Show up to 11am.

Registered delegates for the whole Show can join the UK Energy event for free, provided that they pre-register to attend this part of the event before the day.

In summary, you can choose to attend just the UK Energy event for £40 plus VAT and that includes the breakfast, or you can register for the whole Show and the breakfast event too in which case the UK Energy event is free.


To register for this breakfast event, please indicate against the appropriate ticket.



Clive Maxwell – BEIS

Clive Maxwell has been Director General, Energy Transformation since December 2016. Prior to this he was Director General, Energy Efficiency and Heat at the Department of Energy and Climate Change.  He was Chief Executive of the Office of Fair Trading from July 2012, after having been on its board as an Executive Director and previously working as Senior Director, Services Sector. Prior to joining the OFT, Clive worked in a wide range of roles for HM Treasury from 1992-2009. He led work responding to the financial crisis in 2007-2009, and worked on financial markets and regulation there from 2002. He has represented the UK in numerous international and EU fora, including the European Competition Network and the EU’s Financial Services Committee, of which he was Vice-Chairman from 2008 to 2009.

Brian Tilley – E.ON UK

To follow

Jonathan Lydiard-Wilson – Accenture 

Jonathan is a Managing Director at Accenture where he leads the team for “energy as a service” across EALA (Europe, Africa & Latin American) to major global Industrial and Commercial companies.  This includes a comprehensive range of energy sourcing and procurement services across procurement, risk management, regulated rate optimisation, utility bill processing, energy demand management, carbon compliance, renewable energy and advanced energy analytics.  Prior to joining Accenture Jonathan was CEO of EnergyQuote JHA (acquired by Accenture in August 2015) Europe’s leading independent energy and carbon consultancy.  As a leading energy strategist Jonathan has worked with Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), provided consultancy to global Aerospace, Defence and Security (ADS) companies in their transition into energy markets, negotiated the brokerage of a 20 year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the UK Government (£350m) and worked with Bristol City as one of the UK’s nominated Smart Cities.  Jonathan is also a Trustee of The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) charity which is regarded as having launched the “green movement” in the UK over 40 years ago. It provides commercial solutions to climate change (power, water, transportation, buildings, waste, land use) supported by a “live” demonstration area and educational centre.  Jonathan also spent time in the British Army, held various non-executive roles, founded a black and white picture gallery and has raised capital for new ventures. He is also a regular speaker and mentors start-up companies within the area of sustainability and renewable energy.

Philip New – Energy Systems Catapult

Philip started at the Energy Systems Catapult in November 2015.  Prior to joining the Catapult, Philip was the CEO of BP Alternative Energy, which was made up of a portfolio of operating and developmental renewable energy businesses. These included a material onshore wind operation in the US, significant sugar cane ethanol and renewable electricity production in Brazil, and biotechnology and process engineering research and development activities, delivered through proprietary, joint venture and academic collaboration programmes.  He has held a number of positions during his time at BP, with a focus on building new businesses, deploying innovative technologies, understanding changing market structures and working with both consumers and industrial customers.  He has been involved in developing policy positions and has worked with a diverse range of external stakeholders. He was an active advocate for the Biofuels sector and engaged with policy makers and opinion leaders in Brussels, Washington and Whitehall.  He was a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and was on the Governing Board of the Energy Biosciences Institute. He has a MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Richard Black – Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit

Richard Black studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University before joining BBC World Service in 1985 as a studio manager. He subsequently worked there as producer and presenter on a wide range of programming including current affairs, science, health and sport, and as Science Correspondent. He also ran an independent radio production company specialising in health and medicine. As BBC Environment Correspondent, his reporting assignments included many UN summits including five UNFCCC meetings and Rio+20. He reported from the field on issues such as carbon capture and storage, nuclear power, amphibian conservation, whaling, forestry, aquaculture and earthquake prediction. From 2012 Richard was Director of Communications for the Global Ocean Commission prior to setting up ECIU.