Key Points
  • Electricity Storage - Investment, Innovation and Regulation
  • Shifting Energy Demand, Engaging Consumers and Domestic Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G)
  • Moving from DNOs to DSOs, Local Networks and Distributed Generation
Guest of Honour

Phil Sheppard Director of UK System Operator, National Grid

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Overview
This forum is set to take place approximately half a year on from the launch of the Faraday Challenge and the confirmation of a £246 million government investment into battery technology in addition to the publication of the BEIS/Ofgem ‘Upgrading our energy system’ report, and will discuss whether the investment and proposed regulatory changes fulfil the National Infrastructure Commission’s recommendation from Spring 2016 that the UK becomes a world leader in electricity storage systems and deliver a ‘smart power revolution’. The event also takes place in the context of Ofgem stating that National Grid must create a legally separate company to conduct its system operator (SO) duties and have it running by April 2019.

Developing a Thriving Electricity Storage Sector

Sessions will discuss how to move forward with the promised investment to develop a thriving electricity storage market in the UK and increase adoption of energy storage technologies, as well as attract investment into the energy sector. The event will also look at the Ofgem consultation on proposed modified generation licence for battery storage, designed to remove the final consumption charges storage facilities currently pay - putting an end to so-called ‘double charging’.

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The Home Battery Market

Delegates will also discuss the role energy suppliers, DNOs and community energy organisations can play in improving the public awareness of Demand Side Response, battery storage and other smart energy technologies to increase the uptake of home batteries and the latest thinking on Domestic vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology and the opportunity for EVs to provide electricity storage and demand flexibility.

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Active Network Management

The role of more actively managed local networks and incorporating distributed generation on to the grid as the UK moves from a system where energy networks are managed by Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) to Distribution System Operators (DSOs) in addition to the debate about network companies owning and operating storage assets for their own flexibility needs rather than procuring these services will also be examined.


Agenda
Start

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

 

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

 

09:05 - 09:35
Enabling a Smarter Power Grid

 

09:35 - 10:00
Enabling a Smarter Power Grid

 

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Phil Sheppard Director of UK System Operator, National Grid

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10:00 - 10:45
Developing a Thriving Electricity Storage Sector - Investment, Innovation and Regulation

 
  • To what extent does the BEIS/Ofgem ‘Upgrading our energy system: smart systems and flexibility plan’ provide the regulatory reforms required in order to fulfil the National Infrastructure Commission’s recommendation from Spring 2016 that the UK becomes a world leader in electricity storage systems?
  • What place is electricity storage expected to have in the Clean Growth Plan and Industrial Strategy White Paper, both intended to be published before the end of the year?
  •  What are the next steps for the sector following the launch of the Faraday Challenge and Battery Institute?
  • What reforms can be introduced specifically to ensure that storage providers are no longer double-charged to charge from and export onto the electricity system?
  • What incentives can Ofgem introduce to encourage electricity network owners to use storage and how far can the RIIO framework be used to encourage network operators to trial new ways of using storage technologies?
  •  To what extent is the NIC Smart Power report’s view that no subsidy is needed to make the UK a world leader in storage systems but rather better regulation to create a level playing field between generation and storage feasible?
  •  What is the likely balance between large grid scale storage technologies and domestic ‘behind the meter’ batteries in the electricity network?
  • To what extent can the opportunities offered by new flexible grid technologies only be fully realised if energy firms have viable business cases for investing in storage solutions?

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Andrew Lever Director, Policy & Innovation - The Carbon Trust

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10:45 - 10:50
Chair’s Closing Comments

 

10:50 - 11:20
Refreshments and Networking break

 

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

 

11:25 - 12:10
The Home Battery Market Shifting Demand, Engaging Consumers and Domestic Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G)

 
  • What is known about the current uptake of battery storage and how can home batteries be marketed more effectively to increase uptake beyond early adopters?
  • What is the likely timeframe for home batteries to be as commonplace in UK homes as washing machines and dishwashers?
  • To what extent should local authorities and housing associations consider installing home batteries in the properties they manage?
  • What is the latest thinking on Domestic vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology and the opportunity for EVs to provide electricity storage and demand flexibility that could provide benefits to consumers and the electricity system?
  • How far will consumers have to change the way they think about energy consumption and new frameworks for charging customers be introduced with increasing numbers of EVs, home batteries, solar panels and smart meters?
  •  What role can energy suppliers, DNOs and community energy organisations play in improving the public awareness of Demand Side Reponse, battery storage and other smart energy technologies and what role can time-of-use tariffs have in promoting the benefits of adopting these technologies in the home?
  • Should the UK match the EU commitment for all new and refurbished houses to be fitted with an electric car charging point by 2019?

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Susannah Wood Head of Residential Solar, Solarcentury

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Simon Daniel Founder/CEO, Moixa

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12:10 - 12:55
Active Network Management - Moving from DNOs to DSOs, Local Networks and Distributed Generation

 
  • What is the latest thinking on how to move from a system where energy networks are managed by Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) to Distribution System Operators (DSOs)?
  • How far can DNOs transition to a DSO role without a sufficient degree of smart meter and smart grid technologies being part of the network that are able to manage more complicated energy flows?
  • What should be the role of Government and Ofgem in facilitating the transition to more actively managed local networks and how far has the response to the ‘smart, flexible energy system’ consultation addressed the need for more active network management to cope with growing distributed generation?  
  • What is the likely timeframe for DNOs to transition to DSOs and how far are the services these organisations provide expected to change over the next decade?
  • What lessons can be taken from existing examples of decentralised smart grids both in the UK and internationally to ensure successful wider implementation in the future?
  • In what ways can consumers be better engaged in this system change and to control their energy use, particularly those who are not already producers of energy, for example those who have installed solar panels?

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Suleman Alli Director of Safety, Strategy and Support Services, UK Power Networks

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

 

End

Speakers

Suleman Alli Director of Safety, Strategy and Support Services, UK Power Networks

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Simon Daniel Founder/CEO, Moixa

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Andrew Lever Director, Policy & Innovation - The Carbon Trust

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Phil Sheppard Director of UK System Operator, National Grid

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Susannah Wood Head of Residential Solar, Solarcentury

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Attending
  • Centrica
  • Department for International Trade
  • East of England Energy Group
  • Gloucestershire County Council
  • KW Special Projects
  • First Reserve
  • Switch2 Energy

Venue details

Berwin Leighton Paisner Adelaide House London Bridge London EC4R 9HA

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