Key Points
  • Investment in District Heating, Piloting the Technology & Regulation
  • Green Gas, Network Infrastructure Upgrades & the Potential Role of Hydrogen
  • Reducing Heat Demand, Retrofitting Buildings and Smart Technology
Guest of Honour

Dan Osgood Director, Heat & Business Energy Directorate, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

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Overview
This forum will bring together representatives from across the UK's energy sector to discuss the Government’s heat policy following the Government signalling that there would be a clearer policy direction in the Emissions Reduction Plan expected to be published in the next few months and after the now disbanded Energy & Climate Change Select Committee warned the government it was set to miss it’s 2020 target of providing 12% of heat through renewable energy sources. This forum will discuss the way forward for decarbonising heat; the role heat networks could play in heating homes and businesses, the potential for green gas and hydrogen to replace natural gas in the existing network and how to increase the uptake of energy efficiency measures.

Heat Networks

With around only 2% of UK heat currently supplied through heat networks delegates will discuss whether the £320 million Government funding scheme announced in October is sufficient to evaluate the potential for heat networks to provide low carbon heat, what lessons can be learned from existing projects in the UK, the extent to which there are currently enough sources of energy for heat networks to be viable on a larger scale and whether heat networks require a regulatory framework overseen by Ofgem.

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The Future for Gas

Sessions will provide an opportunity to consider the emerging options for replacing natural gas in the network with renewable gases such as biomethane and if the government has the right regulatory and financial incentives in place to encourage increased production of greener gas and the possibility of using refuse-derived gas from sources such as household black bag waste. Attendees will assess the role hydrogen could play as a source for heating as the Government has stated it is investigating the opportunity to use hydrogen for heating in its industrial strategy green paper. The upgrades that would be needed to existing infrastructure to use renewable gas and hydrogen will also be examined.

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Encouraging Energy Efficiency

Discussion will also focus on how to increase uptake of energy efficiency measures and whether they are currently being effectively promoted and if sufficient incentives are in place in light of the reforms to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) aimed at making sure energy companies provide free energy efficiency measures to low income and vulnerable homes. The session will also consider how consumers might be encouraged to reduce their demand for heat through the use of technology such as smart meters and smart thermostats and whether energy efficiency standards of new buildings need to be reformed.


Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Coffee and Networking

 

09:00 - 09:05
Chair and Policy-UK Welcoming remarks

 

09:05 - 09:30
Next Steps for UK Heat Policy

 

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Matthew Bell Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change

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09:30 - 10:00
Next Steps for UK Heat Policy

 

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Dan Osgood Director, Heat & Business Energy Directorate, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

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10:00 - 10:50
Heat Networks - Investment, Piloting the Technology & Regulation

 
  • With approximately 2% of UK heat currently supplied through heat networks to what extent is the £320 million Government funding scheme announced in October sufficient to evaluate the potential for heat networks to provide low carbon heat in the UK?
  • What balance needs to be found between local and central government in funding and piloting heat networks?
  • What lessons can the UK learn from the widespread use of heat networks in Scandinavian cities?
  • What place are heat networks expected to have in the forthcoming Emissions Reduction Plan due to be released by the end of March?
  • With heat networks drawing their energy from recycled waste heat from places like factories & power stations and sources such as Combined Heat and Power plant and biomass boilers are there sufficient sources of this energy at present to make heat networks viable?
  • To what extent do heat networks operate a viable business model that will support the roll-out to millions of households given that it may prove difficult to convince customers to sign up to a heat network that doesn’t exist yet?
  • To what extent do heat networks require a regulatory framework overseen by Ofgem to ensure adequate consumer protection is put in place for example in the instance that a company fails?




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Dr Tim Rotheray Director, The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE)

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Kenneth Addly Associate Director - Projects, Energy & Infrastructure Finance, Berwin Leighton Paisner

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10:50 - 10:55
Chair’s Closing Comments

 

10:55 - 11:20
Refreshments and Networking break

 

11:20 - 11:25
The Chair’s Welcome Back

 

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Derek Thomas MP Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary group on Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency

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11:25 - 12:10
The Future for Gas - Green Gas, Infrastructure Upgrades & the Potential Role of Hydrogen

 
  • What role are renewable gases such as biomethane expected to play in gas generation and does the government have the right regulatory and financial incentives in place to encourage increased production of greener gas and development of anaerobic digestion plants?
  • To what extent is the use of refuse-derived gas from sources such as household black bag waste a feasible option to meet UK needs and what lessons can be carried forward from existing projects?
  • How far is the option to move towards green gas production an opportunity for the UK to become a world leader in developing green gas and take advantage of the resulting commercial opportunities?
  • How much upgrading of infrastructure will be required to re-purpose the UK’s existing gas network to carry low-carbon gas?
  • With interest growing in using hydrogen as a fuel for both heating and road transportation to what extent does the UK have the infrastructure and expertise to produce hydrogen in the future on a sufficient scale to replace gas in the existing grid?
  • What can be learned from projects such as H21 Leeds City Gate regarding the feasibility of large scale adoption of hydrogen as a future fuel for the UK heating industry?




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Oliver Lancaster Principal Environmental Engineer, Wales & West Utilities

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Mark Letcher Project Manager Sustainability, Bristol City Council

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Dan Sadler Special Advisor, Northern Gas Networks

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12:10 - 12:55
Encouraging Energy Efficiency - Reducing Heat Demand, Retrofitting Buildings and Smart Technology

 
  • To what extent are energy efficiency standards of new buildings enabling a significant reduction in demand for heat and do existing regulations on minimum energy efficiency requirements need to be reformed?
  • What is the expected impact of new energy efficiency regulation for the private rented sector due to come into force in 2018?
  • How far is the Government doing enough to encourage households and businesses to retrofit efficiency measures such as boiler scrappage schemes and insulation and are further incentives and subsidies required to increase uptake of such measures?
  • What impact have changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive announced in December had in encouraging households and businesses to install electric heat pumps and biomass boilers?
  • Are the benefits of energy efficiency measures being effectively communicated to businesses and consumers and is there a need to invest in widespread education campaigns to promote them?
  • To what extent should campaigns and initiatives aimed at increasing energy efficiency be combined with efforts to reduce fuel poverty and how best could this be achieved?
  • What is the expected impact of the smart meter rollout on encouraging consumers to reduce their use of heat and will the technology be compatible with smart thermostats?




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Bevan Jones Managing Director, Sustainable Homes

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David Weatherall Head of Policy, Energy Saving Trust

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12:55 - 13:00
Chair’s and Policy-UK’s Thanks

 

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Derek Thomas MP Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary group on Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency

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End

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Kenneth Addly Associate Director - Projects, Energy & Infrastructure Finance, Berwin Leighton Paisner

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Matthew Bell Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change

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Bevan Jones Managing Director, Sustainable Homes

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Oliver Lancaster Principal Environmental Engineer, Wales & West Utilities

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Mark Letcher Project Manager Sustainability, Bristol City Council

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Dan Osgood Director, Heat & Business Energy Directorate, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

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Dr Tim Rotheray Director, The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE)

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Dan Sadler Special Advisor, Northern Gas Networks

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Derek Thomas MP Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary group on Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency

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David Weatherall Head of Policy, Energy Saving Trust

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Attending
  • Centrax
  • Certas Energy
  • Committee on Climate Change
  • DCLG
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Downing
  • E3G
  • EDF Energy
  • Element Energy
  • Energy Networks Association
  • Environment Agency
  • Green Investment Bank
  • Government Office for Science
  • Halton Housing Trust
  • Heat Trust
  • KPMG
  • National Grid
  • National Grid Gas Distribution
  • Ofgem
  • PRASEG - Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group
  • Ramboll
  • Severn Trent
  • Siemens
  • Simmons & Simmons
  • Shell
  • Southern Housing Group
  • Suez
  • Thames Water
  • University of Warwick
  • Wales & West Utilities
  • whg

Venue details

Central London


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