Tuesday 28 February 2017 
11am- 1pm, Committee Room 11, House of Commons
*Please note this event is now fully booked*

2020 is fast approaching and “future” energy is no longer a distant goal. New technologies can enable electricity networks to operate more efficiently, reducing demand and the need for costly back- up power, and complementing the integration of renewable energy into the system. Electric vehicles, home and grid level battery storage and Demand Site Response are happening today. The UK is well under the way to an electricity system that is fit for a digital age.

However, to be able to see the benefits of these new technologies, there needs to be a fundamental shift in the way our energy system is managed. In particular, the role of District Network Operators (DNOs) is changing in response to the rise in decentralised generation. DNOs will be integral managing multiple new actors in the energy system through DSR and storage solutions at a local level, in partnership with innovators in the public and private sectors. Research from Imperial College has shown that there is a potential saving of £8bn to be made from upgrading to a smarter and more flexible energy system, benefitting consumers and smoothing the transition to a low carbon system.

Ofgem and the Government have recognised this challenge and will be publishing a report in spring 2017 on the steps that need to be taken, including removing barriers to storage and DSR and improving price signals to enable us to utilise these technologies fully. To time with this report, PRASEG has invited a panel of expert speakers to examine the next steps for government and industry.

 Chair: Matthew Pennycook MP


Dermot Nolan, CEO, Ofgem

Suleman Alli, Director of Safety, Strategy & Support Services, UK Power Networks

Catherine Mitchell, Professor of Energy Policy, Exeter University

Richard Howard, Policy Exchange

Robert Groves, CEO, Smartest Energy



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