Next steps for energy storage in the UK: policy priorities, regulation, and delivering storage at scale

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June 20th - 09:00-13:00

  • Organiser: Westminster Energy Forum
  • Venue: Central London
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This conference will discuss next steps for energy storage in the UK - with discussion on innovation, regulation and policy priorities.

As discussion is expected on renewable energy and opportunities for co-locating storage with generation assets, with a speaking contribution from Bridget Hartland-Johnson, Lead Origination and Investment Manager, Ørsted, we thought this might be of interest.

We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from: Dr Alex Berland, Senior Policy Advisor, Electricity Storage and Smart Energy, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; Louise Van Rensburg, Interim Deputy Director, Energy Systems Transition, Ofgem and Ian Ellerington, Head of Technology Transfer, The Faraday Institution.

Further confirmed speakers include: Nicholas Beatty, Founder Director, Zenobe Energy; Ross Fairley, Head of Renewable Energy, Burges Salmon; Sotiris Georgiopoulos, Head of Smart Grid Development, UK Power Networks; Francesco Girardi, Chairman, Bluefield Partners and Chairman, Bluefield Services and Mark Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, ILI Group.

The practical challenges associated with the finance, design, and development of large scale energy projects will be discussed, with the Government launching its Storage at Scale Competition aimed at encouraging innovative, replicable solutions which could provide a competitive alternative to conventional commercial large-scale energy storage technologies, such as lithium-ion batteries.

Delegates will also assess government plans to speed up the process of approval for new energy storage projects with the proposed removal of the ‘capacity cap’ in the consultation on electricity storage within the planning system - and what more could be done to make projects attractive to potential investors - with potential options including market reform and long-term power contracts.

Ofgem’s Targeted Charging Review - looking at changes to how networks recover the costs of transporting electricity to homes, public organisations and businesses - will also be discussed. It comes with a consultation on the Minded to decision and draft impact assessment recently closed, and concern expressed over the impact of proposed changes on fairness and cost sharing for transporting electricity to homes, public organisations and industry.

Against the background of a wider Energy Network Codes Review - aimed at updating codes to adapt to significant growth in low carbon and smart technologies - attendees will also discuss priorities for the future governance of the energy system and whether sufficient steps have been taken to support the growth of energy storage solutions.

Planned sessions will discuss:

  • Increasing energy storage capacity in the UK - key challenges and technology options;
  • Policy priorities - creating a smart system designed for smart technologies;
  • Delivering electricity storage at scale - planning, innovation, and assessing commercial and practical barriers;
  • Overcoming integration challenges for distributed storage, and the future for smart local power networks;
  • Transmission network flexibility and next steps for integrating additional storage capacity;
  • Priorities for high-energy users and the role of electric vehicles in the network; and
  • Next steps for regulation - smart grids, code reform, and delivering a level playing field for storage technologies.

The agenda has been structured following consultation with officials at BEIS. The draft agenda is copied below my signature, and a regularly updated version is available to download here. The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum. Follow us @WEETFEvents for live updates.

Networking

This seminar will present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and is CPD certified (more details). Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Lords and officials from BEIS; Cabinet Office; Crown Commercial Service; DfT; DIT; Government Office for Science; HSE; OLEV and The Planning Inspectorate. Also due to attend are representatives from Baker McKenzie; BDO; D2i Management; Dale Power Solutions; Deloitte; Delta-ee; Dentons UK and Middle East; Earth Capital; EDF Renewables; Energy Institute; Ørsted; P2 Analysis; Suncredit Solutions; The Coal Authority; The Crown Estate; Walker Morris; Wheelabrator Technologies and Wirsol Energy.

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