Innovation and Disruption: the energy sector in transition - Conference Programme

Innovation and Disruption: the energy sector in transition

DAY 1 Wednesday  September 21st  2016


Accommodation Registration

Main Porters Lodge, St John’s College, St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3JP

Conference Registration and Coffee

Garden Quad Registration Desk


Prof Matthew Leach, BIEE Conference Chair
10.35 Keynote  Address:  In a time of unparalleled change – survive, prosper or decline? 
Charles-Hendry150x144Charles Hendry, Former Energy Minister, BIEE President

First Plenary Session: Sources of Innovation and Disruption

Chair: Lucy Field, Principal Consultant, Pöyry Management Consulting
 11.05 Sources of Innovation and Disruption
 Angela-strank-150x150Dr Angela Strank, Chief Scientist and Head of Technology, Downstream Segment, BP plc
 11.25  JL_BW-150x155James Leaton, Research Director, Carbon Tracker Initiative
 11.45 Richard-hepworthRichard Hepworth, Director, Digital Transformation , PwC
12:05  Questions and Discussion
12:45  Energy Barometer 2016 Deane Somerville, Knowledge Manager, Energy Institute



First Parallel Session   

Policy for National Energy Systems  Chair:  William Blyth  Hon Research Fellow, Imperial College New Seminar Room
 14.30 A meta-analysis of the capability and performance of the energy innovation system in 40 countries.  Dr Fionn Rogan, Energy Policy and Modelling Group, University College, Cork
 15.00 A Fit-For-Purpose energy policy for the European Union. Dr Maria Carvalho, Grantham Research Institute, LSE
 15.30 Innovation and the governance of energy industry codes. Dr Matthew Lockwood, University of Exeter Energy Policy Group
Regulation & Policy for the Power Sector  Chair: Jonathan Thurlwell, Managing Principal, IPA  Prestwich Seminar Room
14.30 The role of regulation in supporting transformative change in the energy market. Martin Crouch, Ofgem
 15.00 Innovation incentive for regulated network industries.  Dr Rahmat Poudineh, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, University of Oxford
 15.30 Has the Low Carbon Network Fund been successful at stimulating innovation in the electricity networks? Dr Aidan Rhodes, Imperial College London
Innovation & Disruption in Fossil Fuel Markets Chair : Dr Anouk Honore, OIES, University of Oxford Larkin Seminar Room
 14.30 Drivers and Hurdles for Gas Market Integration in Europe: Evidence from the Belgium-Luxembourg Pilot Market Merger Project. Chris Cuijpers, Commission for Electricity and Gas Regulation (CREG)
15.00 Studying Boom-Bust Cycles in Natural Gas Production Assets Investments. Joël Enderlin, ENGIE Strategy Division
15.30 How Can the North Sea Oil and Gas Industry be Revived?  Prof Alex Kemp, University of Aberdeen
Innovation  Systems and the low carbon transition Chair: Tom Jennings, Carbon Trust Auditorium
 14.30 Path dependence & path creation: roles for incumbents in the low carbon transition? Prof Peter Pearson, Imperial College, London
15.00 The role of State Investment Banks in enabling low-carbon technological change. Anna Geddes, ETH Zurich
15.30 The drivers for China’s wind energy technology innovation system. Rui Hu, Imperial College, London
Power Systems and Balancing Chair: Seb Henbest, Bloomberg New Energy Finance North Seminar Room
14.30 Innovative Business Models to Meet Grid Challenges. Dr Luke Peck, Limejump Ltd
15.00 Integrating supply and demand: smart systems; storage. Eamonn Boland, Baringa Partners
15.30 The impact of tightening margins on plant availability. Dr Amy O’Mahoney, Ofgem 


16:30- 18:00

Second Parallel Session

Rethinking Energy Demand Chair: Prof Steve Sorrell, University of Sussex Auditorium
16.30 Energy trilemma for the 21st century. Ian Marchant, Dunelm Energy
17.00 The energy ladder: A model for projecting energy demand.   Dr Tashi Erdmann, Shell Global Solutions International
17.30 Rebound effect for energy services: the case of UK households.  Dr Mona Chitnis, University of Surrey
Does it matter who owns the energy system? 16.30 North Seminar Room Dialogue session led by Dr Alaa Owaineh, University of Surrey with Prof Tim Foxon, University of Sussex, Dr Stephen Hall, University of Leeds and  Dr Francis Li,  UCL
A transition to a low carbon energy system will require high levels of innovation both in technologies and in the governance of energy systems, which is likely to disrupt existing business models and incentives structures. Drawing on research from an EPSRC-funded project ‘Realising Transition Pathways: Whole systems analysis for a UK more electric low carbon energy future’, this session will examine the current and future impact of different forms of ownership on low carbon pathways for the UK electricity and wider energy system.
How Many Energy Models should be Developed, Maintained and Applied to Decision Making? 16.30 Prestwich Seminar Room Dialogue session led by Prof Neil Strachan, UCL with Prof Goran Strbac, Imperial College London, Marianne Zeyringer, University College London, Dr Zenaida Sobral Mourao, University of Cambridge 
Countries around the world are beginning the process of profoundly restructuring their energy systems to meet an interlinked set of policy goals; notably low carbon, secure and affordable energy supply. Decision makers across industry, government, and wider society needs to make key decisions in the light of this evolving landscape.
Student Presentations and Networking Chair: Dr Peter Connor: University of Exeter  Garden Quad Reception Room
16.40 -18.00 Short presentations of student’s research topics, followed by themed discussions with other students and established academics.
How can power utilities restructure their resource base in order to survive anticipated discontinuous change due to technological innovations in the industry? Morten Ansteensen. Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Heating systems in buildings for the security of stability of the European electric power system. Pirmin Boch. University of Hohenheim, Germany
Local government and energy infrastructure: Discourses of the state in city approaches to heat networks. Jessica Britton, University of Exeter
Call for Energy Governance in EU-Russia Gas Relations: Legal Solution to a Geopolitical Problem? Natasha Georgiou, University of Reading
Biofuels for Food – A spatial PEM approach to determine when the production of biofuel increases that of food crops. Niklas Hinkel, University of Cologne, Germany
Energy Infrastructure Financing and Project Finance (Nigerian Energy Sector as a Case Study). Nasir Kolade, University of The West of Scotland
An Empirical Analysis of Energy Demand in Sub-Saharan Africa (1980-2014). Aisha Kolawole, Oxford Brookes University
The Impact of Demand Side Management on the Wholesale Prices of the British Electricity Market, Sara Lupo, University of Edinburgh
Geo-economical Conflict between Russia and the EU over the Gas Market RegimeNikita Odintsov, Charles University in Prague – Faculty of Social Sciences, Czech Republic
Facing the Climate and Digital Challenge: European Energy Industry From Boom to Crisis and Transformation. Proadpran Boonprasurd Piccini, BI Norwegian Business School, Norway
Assessment of the innovation potential and possible future costs of energy storage technologies. Oliver Schmidt. Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Risk premia in electricity spot markets – New empirical evidence for Germany and AustriaNiyaz Valitov, University of Wuppertal, Germany

Drinks Reception


Conference Dinner, St John’s College Dining Hall

ed-davey150x150“I know the world’s dominant energy technology for the 21st century.” Discuss. After Dinner Speaker Sir Edward Davey , Former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 

DAY 2 Thursday September 22 2016

08.00 – 8.45

Breakfast (College Residents)  St John’s College Dining Hall



(Single Day Delegates) Garden Quad Registration Desk



Prof Richard Green, BIEE Chair

 Keynote Address 

Towards a new energy sector: The role of financial innovation
Barbara Buchner (002) Dr. Barbara Buchner, Executive Director, Climate Policy Initiative

Second Plenary Session: New Opportunities, New Business 

Chair: Martin Haigh, Shell Scenarios Team
 09.30 Business Models for Future Energy Systems
pollitt-michael-150x150Michael Pollitt, Prof of Business Economics, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
Community is the new Corporate ‘Or the art of bike riding!’
 09.50 volkerbeckers150x150Volker Beckers, Chairman, Albion Community Power
Reality vs rhetoric: what business models work now and what has to change
 10.10  a sara_0CO4094-160x142Sara Bell, CEO and Founder, Tempus Energy
10.30 Questions and Discussion
10.55 The Energy Catalyst – accelerating innovation to commercialisation
Michael Priestnall, Lead priestnell-256x250Technologist Energy , Innovate UK



Third Parallel Session

Government policy to stimulate sustainable energy innovation 11.30 New Seminar Room Dialogue session led by Dr Matthew Hannon,  University of Strathclyde with Dr Paula Kivimaa, SPRU, University of Sussex, Ajay Gambhir, Grantham Institute, Imperial College London, Dr Elizabeth Milsom, DECC, Dr Paul Westacott, Origami Energy, Dr Charlie Wilson, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia
In the face of mounting environmental, energy security and economic pressures there is a growing demand for alternative energy technologies and business models that can satisfy our energy needs in a cleaner, cheaper and more secure fashion. Whilst energy innovation is by no means a new process we still remain unclear about the best way to stimulate sustainable energy innovation. With increasingly little time to meet our 2050 carbon reduction target, dwindling domestic fossil fuel reserves and concerns that oil prices will soon rebound it is essential that the correct policy mechanisms are put in place today to ensure that the energy technologies and business models of tomorrow are commercially viable and enjoy wide-scale deployment.
Socio-Environmental Influences on Low Carbon Innovation Chair: Adrian Gault, Committee on Climate Change Prestwich Seminar Room
11.30 The next big thing or too big for us? New business models for renewable energy cooperatives – barriers in the perception of cooperatives’ members. Prof Carsten Herbes, Nuertingen-Geislingen University
12.00 Renewable energy deployment and costs in the UK: spatial analysis taking into account policy, social and environmental land use constraints. Marianne Zeyringer, UCL Energy Institute
12.30 Political Power and the Development of UK Domestic Heat Policy. Richard Lowes, University of Exeter
Developments in Energy Storage Chair: Ronan O’Regan, Director, Renewables, PwC Auditorium
11.30 Optimal Storage Investment and Management under Uncertainty – It is costly to avoid outages! Dr Joachim Geske, Imperial College Business School
12.00 Accelerating energy storage innovation – what is needed and how can it be achieved? Prof Peter Taylor, University of Leeds
12.30 How disruptive could storage be? Dr Phil Grunewald,  ECI, University of Oxford
Opportunities for Demand Response Chair: Matthew Leach, University of Surrey Larkin Seminar Room
11.30 Smart technologies in the domestic and SME sectors: evidence and policy options. Dr Peter Warren, Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
12.00 Integrating wind power into the UK energy mix through dynamic demand-side response. Matthew Gross, University of Sussex
12.30 Peak demand, price elasticity and intrinsic flexibility from time use activities. Dr Jacopo Torriti, University of Reading
Innovation in Policy Chair: George Day, Energy Technologies Institute North Seminar Room
11.30 Governing for Innovation Without Disruption in Energy Systems.  Prof Catherine Mitchell, University of Exeter Energy Policy Group
12.00 An empirical exploration into the role of phase-out policies for low-carbon energy transitions:  the case of the German Energiewende.  Dr Karoline Rogge, University of Sussex.
12.30 Future perspectives on policy instruments and market coupling for integration of RES-e in regional supergrids. Dr Catalina Spataru, UCL Energy Institute



Third Plenary Session: Facilitating the Transition

Chair: Dr Rob Gross, Director, ICEPT, Imperial College
Facilitating the energy transition in six conceptual slides
 14:00 Grubb Michael150x150Michael Grubb, Prof of International Energy and Climate Policy, UCL, and Ofgem
14:20 A Green Mission-Oriented Industrial Strategy
mariana-mazucatto-150x150Mariana Mazzucato, Prof of Economics of Innovation, SPRU, University of Sussex
Policy for a Low Carbon Economy
 14:40  adriangault-150x142Adrian Gault,  Chief Economist  The Committee on Climate Change
15:00 Questions and Discussion
15.25 Closing Remarks

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