Taking place on Tuesday 27 November 2018 at IET Austin Court, Birmingham, the theme of this timely conference is the strengthening role of the regions in the UK Energy System. More speakers are being announced daily but we wanted you to be the first to see what’s being discussed!

The overall objective is to build momentum around the actual and potential future contribution of the regions to UK energy system transition. It seeks to create/encourage community of practice and interest across devolved authorities,  increase awareness in central government and OFGEM of regional activity, opportunities and roles, build partnerships in sensible areas, and highlight the West Midlands’ regional energy strategy and ambitions.

 0900-0930          Registration and coffee

0930-1000           West Midlands Energy Ambitions

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, launches Regional Energy Strategy

1000-1030           UK Energy System Challenges and Futures

Speaker: Chris Brown, OFGEM

1030-1100           The art of the possible in the UK: Developing local energy markets in Cornwall

1100-1130           Comfort break and networking opportunity

1130-1230           Workshops – Role of the regions in different aspects of the energy system

2-3 speakers with 10-minute case studies to stimulate debate; facilitated parallel sessions

1a           Infrastructure:

Liverpool City Region
Cadent Gas

1b           Energy Efficiency:

Act on Energy
Midlands Energy Hub
Sustainable Housing Action Partnership (SHAP)

1c            Innovation:

Energy Systems Catapult
Sustainable Energy Association

1d           Electric vehicles:

Mobman Ltd
National Grid
Western Power Distribution


1230-1330           Lunch and networking opportunity; fringe events


1330-1430           City region responses from across Europe

Greater London Authority
Greater Copenhagen – Ramboll AS

1430-1500           Global responses  – innovation in green finance

Connecticut Green Bank

1500-1530           Comfort break and networking opportunity

1530-1630           Workshops – Supporting the energy transition

2-3 speakers with 10-minute case studies to stimulate debate; facilitated parallel sessions

2a           Finance:

Salix Energy Efficiency Fund

2b           Cluster development / incubation:

Climate KIC

2c            Industrial strategy and energy costs:

EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation
Energy Systems Catapult

2d           Community engagement:

Community Energy Birmingham
Centre for Sustainable Energy, Bristol

1630-1700           Summarise conclusions, next steps



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