Generation 2020: Securing our Sustainable Energy Future

Wednesday 10th July

14:00 - 18:00

Attlee Suite, Portculis House

We are excited to announce that the 2019 PRASEG Annual Conference will be taking place this year on Wednesday 10th July in the Attlee Suite of Portculis House. Running from 2pm through to 5pm, and followed by a drinks reception, the PRASEG conference is a key event on the energy policy calendar, which brings together senior players across the sustainable energy sector with parliamentarians and other policy makers.

Over the next decade the way the UK generates its electricity will undergo a profound transition. The government projects final energy demand for electricity to increase by nearly 20% between now and 2035, by which point a significant amount of existing coal and nuclear capacity is expected to be retired. BEIS Energy and Emissions Projections for 2018 show more than 48GW of new installed capacity being built during the 2020’s with nearly half of this (22GW) coming in the form of new renewable energy capacity.

Secretary of State for BEIS, Greg Clark MP, recently announced that the government would publish a new Energy White Paper in Summer 2019 to provide a vision for the future of the UK energy system. Timed to align with the expected publication of the White Paper, the PRASEG 2019 Annual Conference will explore the steps needed to build a renewable and sustainable energy system over the course of the next decade. Through three structured panel discussions and high-level speeches, attendees will discuss next steps for energy in the UK and how the necessary investments can be secured. The conference will explore exciting growth opportunities for the UK as it embarks on the journey to net zero emissions, and bring together perspectives from business, politicians and investors.



14:00 – 14:10


14:15 – 14:45

Welcome and Opening Keynote Speeches

  • James Heappey MP – Chair, PRASEG
  • Will Gardiner – CEO, Drax Group
  • Laszlo Varro – Chief Economist, International Energy Agency

14:45 – 15:30

The Future of Energy: Going Further, Faster to Achieve Net Zero Emissions

  • Simon Evans – Editor, Carbon Brief (Chairperson)
  • Audrey Gallacher – Director of Policy, Energy UK
  • Wera Hobhouse MP – Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Climate Change
  • Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke – President, CCSA; President, Energy Action Scotland (Labour Party)
  • Laura Sandys – CEO, Challenging Ideas

15:30 – 15:50

Coffee Break

15:50 – 16:40

Decentralised Energy and the 21st Century Consumer – Risks and Opportunities of the Energy Revolution

  • TBC
  • Emma Bridge – CEO, Community Energy England
  • Marie Donnelly – Senior Consultant, Hume Brophy
  • Luke Graham MP – Senior PPS, Cabinet Office (Conservative Party)
  • Dermot Nolan – CEO, Ofgem

16:40 – 17:25

New Decade, New Generation: Is There a Future for Large-Scale, Centralised Generation?

  • Janet Wood – New Power (Chairperson)
  • Jon Butterworth OBE – COO, Global Transmission, National Grid Ventures
  • Alan Brown MP – SNP Spokesperson on Energy and Transport
  • Barry Gardiner MP – Shadow Minister. Energy & Climate Change (Labour Party)
  • TBC

17:25 – 17:45

Closing Keynotes

  • Rachel Reeves MP – Chair, BEIS Select Committee (Labour Party)
  • Jacqueline Hochreiter – Sustainability Lead, Europe, Budweiser Brewing Group