Hacking the Energy System

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A one day conference of discussion and collaboration on future energy system opportunities, innovation and change. Convened by community energy organisation Carbon Co-op in collaboration with the University of Manchester, this one day conference is an opportunity for key players within energy system to discuss the change, challenges and opportunities ahead.

The aim of the conference is to share knowledge and experience, catalyse new collaborations and document keys 'asks' from the sector around regulatory change with a documentation from the event being submitted to Ofgem and BEIS's call for evidence on the future of smart energy systems.

Keywords: energy efficiency, battery storage, aggregation, demand side response, Community Owned Aggregation, smart meters, open source, smart grid, smart cities

Attendance from: Local Authorities, Energy Retail Companies, Community Energy organisations, academics, grid organisations, start ups, technology startup companies

Booking a ticket is essential for attendance. Discounts are available for early bird orders and individuals and community energy organisations. To request a bursary contact: info@carbon.coop

The energy system is changing fast, with traditional roles starting to blend, mix and reshape; driven by:

  • Ever more ambitious carbon reduction targets
  • Increasing amounts of distributed generation
  • New technologies in the fields of battery storage, electric vehicles, local generation, electrified heat, smart meters and grid
  • A proliferation of new entrants in to energy retailing including municipal energy companies
  • A broad based community energy sector, increasingly looking for new business models including direct supply to local people

Against this backdrop the governance and regulatory environment has been slow to change in particular in the fields of generation and energy efficiency.

The event will be followed by the Manchester launch of Nobel Grid, a European-wide smart grids project of which Carbon Co-op and University of Manchester are partners.


Pre-conference event: 9am-10am - An Introduction to the Energy System
A free primer for those new to the subject, hosted by University of Surrey Research Student, Emilia Melville and Max Wakefield of 10:10: http://introduction-to-the-energy-system.eventbrite.co.uk

10.30 Introduction to the day & Nobel Grid

  • Jonathan Atkinson, Carbon Co-op
  • Teresa Chilton, Manchester Energy: University of Manchester

10.30-11am Challenges and opportunities ahead: setting the scene

  • Matt Fawcett, Carbon Co-op
  • Dan Quiggin, Demand Energy Equality
  • Tony McEntee, CLASS Implementation Manager, Electricity North West

11.15-12.45 New business models within the energy system

What are the emerging new business models and markets in the energy sector? Will these support or hinder the transition to a low carbon energy system? What is the potential of domestic DSR (Demand Side Response) and aggregation, local supply, or virtual private wire? What technological, regulatory, and policy barriers exist to these models and markets? Is the energy market fit for purpose?

  • Mary Gillie, Energy Local
  • Tony McEntee, CLASS Implementation Manager, Electricity North West
  • Olly Frankland, Regen SW

11.15-12.45 UK Energy Policy – where are we heading?

What is the current state of UK energy policy in a post-FiTs, pro-nuclear, Brexit landscape? How will/should the roles of grid entities change? Do failed energy efficiency policies mean we should abandon demand reduction strategies altogether? What policy and regulatory change is needed to enable new technologies and markets and spur innovation?

  • Marianne Heaslip, architect, URBED
  • Emilia Mellville, Research Engineer, University of Surrey
  • Mark Atherton, Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  • Mika Minio-Paluello, Energy Economist & Campaigner, Platform
12.45-13.45 LUNCH

13.45-15.00 Technological change and the energy system – opportunities and challenges

What technologies such as storage, electric vehicles, electrification of heat, and smart grids, hold the most potential for change in the energy system? What are the obstacles to their adoption? How can we ensure that everyone benefits from these technologies and that people are not excluded? And what happens when smart technologies fail to deliver what people actually want?

  • Paul Turner, Electricity North West
  • Trystan Lea, OpenEnergyMonitor
  • Feimatta Conteh, CityVerve Programme Manager, FutureEverything
  • Kate Ashworth, Encraft

13.45-15.00 Democratising the energy systemmunicipal and community energy movements

What potential exists for the democratisation of the energy system and how can this be achieved? What role can Community Energy groups and local authority owned/managed energy suppliers play? Is the development of a democratic energy system detrimental to the liberalisation of the energy market? And is there a tension between democratisation and meeting the challenges presented by the energy trilemma?

  • Julian Packer, Low Carbon Investment Director, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  • Alan Simpson, Independent Advisor on Energy and Climate Change
  • James Angel, Switched on London
  • Emma Bridge, Community Energy England

15.15-16.30 Plenary session: what lies ahead for the UK energy system?

  • Paul Turner, Electricity North West
  • Marianne Heaslip, architect, URBED
  • Mary Gillie, Energy Local
  • Alan Simpson, Independent Advisor on Energy and Climate Change


—Conference Ends—


17.00 Nobel Grid Manchester Test Site – Public Launch reception; Book here: https://green-shift-launch.eventbrite.co.uk

Your ticket for the conference covers your entry into the launch. For more info about the launch follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/green-shift-launch-tickets-28420166483 

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