Greater Manchester Local Energy Market Citizens’ Jury expert witness presentations

The jury took place between 26 April and 5 May at Friends’ Meeting House in central Manchester. Below are the presentations expert witnesses made to jury members.

Day 1

Our first expert witness was Sean Owen, Head of Low Carbon at Greater Manchester Combined Authority, who spoke about the GMCA’s ambitions for the jury and the journey of the local energy market so far.


Jurors then heard from Matt Fawcett who spoke about the energy crisis.

Jury members then heard from Steven Britton and Dan Starman from Cornwall Insight. They explained what the energy system is and what we use energy for.


Day 2

Dr Mustafa A. Mustafa, a Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Research Fellow in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Manchester, presented to the citizens’ jury on the key features of the local energy market.

And part 2 of Dr Mustafa’s presentation is below.

Sarah Holland, energy lead at the GMCA, explained why the GMCA wanted an LEM, and how past and present public sector decarbonisation schemes were supporting its creation.


Day 3

Dr George Vulgaris, senior lecturer of Accounting at the University of Manchester, spoke to the jury about corporate governance: what it is, different kinds of ownership models and golden shares.

Day 4

Andy Fry, chief executive of the Centre for Governance and Scrutiny, introduced the jury to scrutiny and transparency.