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
Rachel Kyte, Chief Executive Officer , Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All A leading advocate for sustainable development, Rachel Kyte is focused on affordable, reliable and sustainable energy as the key to combating both poverty and climate change. Ms. Kyte drives SEforALL’s work to mobilise action towards its 2030 goals of ensuring universal access to modern energy services; doubling the global rate of...
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....
Wednesday 23rd November 2016, 17.30-18.30 Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House Our next PRASEG Guest Lecture will be given by Michael Liebreich, founder and former CEO of Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Brexit, BEIS, and the fifth carbon budget: how the UK can remain a global leader on low carbon growth Michael Liebreich founded New Energy Finance in 2004 to provide information and analysis to investors and industry on the rapidly growing renewable and sustainable energy sector. After selling the...
Wednesday 16 November, 1-3pm, Committee Room 6, House of Commons At the beginning of 2016, former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd committed to publishing a new Emissions Reduction Plan by the end of the year, setting out how the Government plans to achieve its decarbonisation targets set out under the Climate Change Act. The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has now indicated the plan is likely to be completed by February 2017. The previous...
Wednesday 26 October, 1-3pm, Committee Room 6, House of Commons Merging business, energy, and industrial strategy into a newly formed department (BEIS) creates an opportunity to wholly embed decarbonisation into the UK’s industrial and business policy, making low carbon growth “business as usual”. The government’s previous low carbon industrial strategy, launched by BIS in 2010, delivered some commendable projects, such as the cross- department Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) programme...
Wednesday 12 October, 1-3pm, House of Commons, Committee Room 12 The rollout of smart meters across homes in the UK, coupled with the announcement from Ofgem of half hourly settlement for domestic electricity use by 2017, provides a new landscape in which innovative new technologies can start to be scaled up to impact the way consumers, business and the public sector engage with energy. Smart energy has the potential to reduce consumer bills, give consumers greater choice about where their...
Date: 08 June 2016, Time: 10:00am- 12:00pmLocation: Committee Room 7, House of Commons Transport accounts for around a quarter of UK greenhouse gas emissions and significantly affects roadside air quality. Decarbonising transport by promoting low carbon vehicles, and attracting investment and uptake in innovative new technologies is essential in making our cities cleaner, greener and smarter.
Date: Monday 6 June, Time: 17.30- 19.00Location: Committee Room 16 “We are in the midst of nothing less than a revolution in the provision of our energy.”Steve Holliday, Chief Executive, National Grid writing in The Daily Telegraph.
Decentralised & Devolved: Transforming UK EnergyWednesday 6th July, 13.30-17.30 Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), 61 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET PRASEG's annual conference is a key event on the energy policy calendar bringing together senior players across the sustainable energy sector.
EUFORES Parliamentary Workshop -”Can the EU help to make the UK’s energy cleaner, affordable and secure?” 1st March 2016 - Organised in association with the All Party Parliamentary Renewable & Sustainable Energy Group (PRASEG), The European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources (EUFORES) held a workshop on energy efficiency and renewable energy on the 1 March 2016, 11:00hrs – 15:00hrs, Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, Westminster, London.
23rd February 2016 - With the recent publication of the Committee on Climate Change’s statutory proposal for the UK’s 5th Carbon Budget, PRASEG invited the Committee on Climate Change to run a Parliamentary Briefing that will help inform Parliaments vote on the budget. The Climate Change Act 2008 requires the Government to vote on this by June this year.
10th February 2016 - In December 2015, at the COP 21 Climate Conference in Paris, a landmark agreement was reached. The Paris Agreement and accompanying COP decision have the long term goal of limiting global temperature increase ‘well below’ 2°c, urging efforts to hold the increase to 1.5°c.
03 December 2015 - The successful achievement of the UK’s carbon targets will depend upon the decarbonisation of our energy system. As an increasing range of technology choices are now becoming available across the low carbon sector, there is now a broad spectrum of energy system scenarios that could be envisaged, progress of which will depend to a great extent on the outcome of policy choices and investor actions over this Parliament.
3 November 2015 - Gas will continue to play a major role as a bridging fuel in the transition to a more secure, cleaner and affordable energy mix and contributing to help meet the UK’s climate change commitments. Creating a lower carbon future is anticipated to lead to a significant transformation to our energy networks, bringing both opportunities and challenges for policy makers and industry.
14 July 2015 - The PRASEG annual conference once again brought together key decision makers in the sustainable energy industry to review current and forthcoming policy priorities.
Tuesday 3rd March2015 - The last decade has seen the UK automotive industry make a gradual, but significant shift to low carbon vehicles. This has been driven by changes in policy at both the UK and EU level including targets set out in the UK Carbon Plan to provide infrastructure to support the shift to low carbon vehicles. Technological advancements have also led to a proliferation of choice and better efficiency of low carbon vehicles, further supporting a rise in public demand.
3rd February 2015 - Biomass for heating has the potential to play a huge role in meeting decarbonisation targets in the UK beyond the UK’s 2020 renewables target and yet the UK Government’s existing bioenergy and heat strategy portrays a limited role.
Sustainability hub Labour Party conference reception 2014 sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric
Tuesday 15 July 2014, 14:00 – 15:30, Committee Room 17, House of Commons
Tuesday 4th February 2014; 11:00 – 12:30, Committee Room 6, House of Commons, Speakers Chair: Joan Walley MP Luke Warren, CEO, The Carbon Capture & Storage Association (CCSA) Paul Nowak, Deputy General Secretary, TUC David Kennedy, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change (invited) Michael Gibbons, OBE, co-chair of the Government CCS Development Forum Questions &...
Wednesday 26th February 2014, 16:00 - 18:00, Committee Room 9 Click on a speaker's name to hear audio Speakers: Alan Whitehead MP - introduction Jeremy Bungey, Head of Community Energy at E.ON Stephen Brooks, Investment Director at the Heat Network Delivery Unit (HNDU) David Wickersham, Technical Adviser, CityWest Homes Ltd. Tim Rotheray, Director at Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA) Lord Teverson, Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change spokesperson, House of Lords Q&A...
PRASEG & FPEEG Seminar: The Energy Company Obligation – What is the best way forward? Monday 7 April 2014, 15.30 – 17.30, Committee Room 12, House of Commons Click on a speaker's name to hear audio Speakers: Introduction from the Chair, Kelvin Hopkins MP Charles Phillips, Department of Energy and Climate Change Andrew Warren, Association for the Conservation of Energy Emma Pinchbeck, Sustainable Energy Association Nigel Dewbery, E.ON Peter Smith, National Energy Action Alan Whitehead MP,...
Monday 7 April 2014, 15.30 – 17.30, Committee Room 12, House of Commons Audio recording available
Tuesday 13th May 2014, 12:15 – 15:00, Terrace Pavilion, House of Commons PRASEG are proudly hosting in association with the Electricity Storage Network this reception entitled, ‘Electricity Storage in the Future Vision for a Lower Cost Sustainable Energy System’ sponsored by RES, Poyry, S&C Electric, Highview Power and Parker Energy Grid Tie. This reception will look at the important future role for Electricity Storage in our electricity system and the benefits it can...