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This conference will provide a forum for energy companies, regulators and other key industry stakeholders to meet, share perspectives and discuss sustainable energy strategies.  It will further explore the relationship between regulation and the market and how this can become more synergistic.  By attending you will understand how to maximise your market potential in the current regulatory environment as well as meet the decision makers who make the laws and give you some insight into what the future might hold.
Why attend this event?
  • Hear from leading energy and power companies such as EDF, E.ON, British Energy and others
  • Identify key policy changes and how they will affect you and your organisation
  • Learn about how regulation can be an enabler rather than an obstacle
  • Obtain a regulator’s view on how policy will change in the future
  • Understand how the market responds to regulation and vice-versa
  • Appreciate the need for partnership between business, government, regulators and investors
  • Meet and network with leading industry and government players and raise awareness of your organisation
By attending this conference you will hear from key market experts including:
  • Roger Barnard, Head of Regulatory Law, EDF Energy
  • Peter Bachsleitner, Head of Strategy and Stakeholder Management, E.ON UK
  • Alan Whitehead MP, Chair, Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group
  • John Robertson MP, Chair, All Party Nuclear Energy Group
  • Asta Sihvonen-Punkka, Vice President, Council of European Energy Regulators
  • Ian Bryant, Planning and Development Manager, British Energy
  • Keith Parker, CEO, Nuclear Industry Association
  • Nick Gardiner, Director, Energy & Utilities, Fortis Bank
  • Anne Theo Seinen, Policy Officer, European Commission Environment Directorate-General
  • Debra Justus, Senior Policy Analyst, International Energy Agency
  • Dr. Ian Mays, CEO, Renewable Energy Systems
  • Simon Skillings, Director, Trilemma
  • Marc Brammer, Director of Research for Europe, Innovest

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Paul Davis

Paul Davis, UK Utilities Director, Logica

9:10 UK Energy Policy - the changing regulatory framework

Alan Whitehead

Alan Whitehead, Chair, Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group, House of Commons

9:50 EU regulation: forming a Europe-wide framework to sustainable, competitive and secure energy supply

Martin Crouch

Martin Crouch, Director of European Affairs, Office Of Gas And Electricity Markets (Ofgem)

  • The interaction of sustainability, competitive energy markets and security of supply
  • The role of regulators in promoting the objectives
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Government and Industry

  • Unprecedented policy challenges in water, energy, and transport sectors
  • Stable investment framework essential for investors in the utility industries 
  • Long-term strategic policy commitments required from government 
  • Predictable regulatory framework needed consistent with government policy
  • Consider a once-and-for-all recasting of regulatory objectives         
  • Roger Barnard

    Roger Barnard, Head of Regulatory Law, EDF Energy PLC

    11:40 The implications of the EU Green package for UK energy policy

    Simon Skilling

    Simon Skilling, Director, Trilemma UK

  • Can EU policy goals be delivered with existing policy measures?
  • What new policies might be required?
  • How can they be introduced to encourage the necessary investments?
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 EU Climate Change Policy and Review of the EU Emission Trading System

    Anne Theo Seinen

    Anne Theo Seinen, Policy Officer, European Commission Directorate General for Environment – Emission Trading

  • Which way forward with respect to cap-setting and allocation
  • International aspects:  JI/CDM, linking
  • Impacts on carbon and energy markets
  • 14:30 Risk appetite for debt in sustainable energy

    Nick Gardiner

    Nick Gardiner, Director, Energy & Utilities, Fortis Bank

  • What are the key risk and return issues for banks?
  • What markets are attractive for banks, and why?
  • Is policy on track to attract investment potential?
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Climate Change and the Global Investor - Strategic Guidance for Value Creation

    Mark Brammer

    Mark Brammer, Director of Research for Europe, Innovest Strategic Value Advisors

  • Preparing for the Economic Effects of Carbon Prices and Regulation

  • Corporate Best Practice in the Face of Climate Change -- What to Look for as a Strategic Investor

  • Evaluating Climate Risks and Opportunities

  • 16:20 Global Trends in Clean Energy Investment

    Heather  Daniell

    Heather Daniell , Lead Analyst Energy Efficiency & Low Carbon Technologies , New Energy Finance

  • Deal flow by sector
  • Regional variations
  • Impact of policy
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Paul Davis

    Paul Davis, UK Utilities Director, Logica

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    John Robertson

    John Robertson, Chair, House of Commons

    9:10 Nuclear Power in a Low Carbon Economy - the need for a balanced energy policy

    John Robertson

    John Robertson, Chair, House of Commons

  • Nuclear Waste
  • Decomissioning
  • Skills needed for new nuclear build
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 The Planning Process: The Developers Perspective

    Ian Bryant

    Ian Bryant, Planning and Development Manager, British Energy Ltd

  • The role of strategic planning policy in consenting to major infrastructure
  • The role of planning in a new build project
  • Environmental Impact Assessment: the importance of scoping, survey, analysis, design iteration, mitigation and compensation
  • Engaging stakeholders - statutory, non statutory and public consultation
  • The Planning Bill - risks and opportunities looking forward
  • 11:40 The Planning Process - planning permission for renewables and nuclear new build

    Simon Catterall

    Simon Catterall, Senior Associate, Allen & Overy

  • The policy framework
  • An overview of the different permitting regimes
  • How long does it take?
  • Is the process sustainable?
  • Will it change: a new Planning Bill – a new dawn?
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Moving towards a sustainable and secure supply of energy

    Ian Mays

    Ian Mays, CEO, Renewable Energy Systems Ltd

    • Review of the current status of the renewable energy technologies
    • Current levels of deployment
    • Future Prospects

    14:30 Wind Power in a Sustainable Energy Future: Case Study

    Debra Justus

    Debra Justus, Senior Policy Analyst, International Energy Agency

    ·         Wind power: falling costs and rapid growth

    ·         The wind market in a rapid state of deployment

    ·         Wind power market overview and policy context

    ·         Wind power cost profile

    ·         Outlook for wind power to 2050

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Renewables Obligation Regime - The implications of the EU’s 20% renewables target in 2020 for support mechanisms and regulation

    Richard Slark

    Richard Slark, Director, Pöyry Energy Consulting

  • Quantum of renewables required from electricity, heat, and transport sectors to meet targets
  • Appropriate renewables support systems for electricity, heat and transport sectors
  • Will renewables support systems be harmonised?
  • Impact of renewables targets and support on electricity and carbon markets
  • 16:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Malcolm Grimston

    Malcolm Grimston, Associate Fellow, Chatham House


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    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

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