Consumers at the Heart of the Energy System?

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Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford, OX2 6AH
September 18-19 2018








Thank  you  everyone who attended BIEE 2018. We hope you enjoyed it.

Papers and Presentations

Plenary presentations can be viewed under Conference Presentations  in the Downloads section of this website.  Parallel Papers can be found under Academic Papers.  ( log in required).

Videos Photos and Links

A series of videos with some of our  conference speakers has  been posted on  our Videos page.

We recorded the Women in Energy session which you can listen to here

Our After Dinner Speaker, Volker Beckers wrote an article after the conference ‘Preparing for a consumer-centred energy future‘.

About the Conference

BIEE’s Oxford Research Conference is a biennial research conference that seeks to understand the drivers of change in energy, both positive and negative. The conference is aimed at energy analysts, researchers, strategy and policy thinkers from all backgrounds, including industry, academia and research organisations, government, the finance community, NGOs and consultancies.

The conference is a fantastic opportunity and melting pot for people in the energy industry, from government, from academia, from other research organisations. One of the real advantages and one of the special features of the BIEE conference is it’s a place where all of those energy interested people come together. They learn from each other they spark off each other and they build new networks and new coalitions to help drive the energy sector forward.’

Prof Matthew Leach, University of Surrey,
BIEE 2018 Committee member

Read Matt Hannon’s blog ‘ Why you should go and why youll want to come back in 2020

Watch our video interviews  for a range of views  on conference topics such as  Smart Systems, Electric Vehicles and Heat.

We hope you can join us for what will  be a lively and informative two days in Oxford.



Registration has now closed

Special rates are available for BIEE members, academics/ NGO’s  for single day attendance and group bookings.

See our registration page for more information or email Sarah Jeffery 

Who Attends ?

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Download  programme  BIEE-2018_programme-v17

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Conference Theme

The 2018 conference will focus on the changing role of the consumer in the energy system, regarded by  some ( but not all)  in the industry as one of the big transitional issues of the coming decade. With the emergence of advanced technology, ‘smart’ consumers, (both industrial and domestic) can potentially make more informed choices about when and how much energy they use and ultimately become ‘prosumers’ – energy producers and storers – themselves.  Consumers are going to be vital in the move towards decarbonising heat and transport. But most consumers are just not that interested in energy, and lack the engagement that drives disruption in other sectors, so how far, how fast and in what ways will this change ?

The conference will explore the  challenges and opportunites for an energy system where connected consumers are key drivers, ‘acting as the market makers rather than market takers of today’  and will look at the ways markets, business models, technology and regulation will need to change in response.


Conference Videos

Consumers at the Heart of the Energy System ?

Which types of consumer  will  engage,   why,  how and in what ways:  Views  from  Prof Jim Watson , Steve Holliday, Adrian Gault, Dr Rob Gross, Judith Ward and Janet Wood.



 Smart Technologies and Services

How will smart technologies change the way people buy and use energy in the future? Views of Dr Rob Gross, Martin Crouch, Janet Wood, George Day and Ann Robinson.






Conference Blogs

A number of our parallel presenters have written  blogs  on their research topics. Some have produced videos to go with them.  We will be publishing these on a  fortnightly basis in the run up to the conference. They cover a wide range of topic areas from Heat Solutions, Home Energy  Retrofits, Local Energy Markets and Smart Meters.



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Conference Committee

Prof Paul Ekins (Chair), UCL

Sara Bell, Tempus Energy

Dr William Blyth, Oxford Energy Associates

Dr Peter Connor, University of Exeter

Tony Dicicco, Energy Systems Catapult

Adrian Gault, Committee on Climate Change

Dr Aaron Goater, Committee on Climate Change

David Green, International Council for Sustainable Energy

Prof Richard Green, Imperial College Business School

Dr Matthew Hannon, University of Strathclyde

Prof Charles Hendry, University of Edinburgh Business School

Sam Hollister, Energy UK

Paro Konar-Thakkar, BEIS

Prof Matthew Leach, University of Surrey

Dr Nazmiye Ozkan, Cranfield University

Dr Karoline Rogge, University of Sussex

Peter Stewart, Interfax

Prof  Peter Taylor, University of Leeds

Jonathan Thurlwell, IPA Advisory

Lynsey Tinios, Shell


Conference Managers

Debbie Heywood

Sarah Jeffery   Abstracts Parallel Sessions  and Registration 07900 216267


Key Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline:  March 1st 2018

Notification of Outcome: w/c April 16th

Presenter Registration Deadline*: June 18th

Earlybird Registration Deadline:  July 31st extended to August 3rd

Paper Submission Deadline*: August 31st

Presentation Deadline*: September 11th

Registration Closing Date : September 11th

Conference: September 18-19th 2018

* Accepted authors

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