New Government, Uncertain World : policy, discontinuity and risk in energy markets - Conference Programme

New Government, Uncertain World

Policy, discontinuity and uncertainty in energy markets

Thursday September 24th  2015

Outline Programme

09:30 Registration and Coffee

Welcome and Introduction


Session 1: Discontinuities in global energy markets and drivers

Chair: Paul Appleby, Head of Energy Economics, BP plc
 This session will explore some of the recent global discontinuities affecting the energy landscape and how they have shifted expectations and generated uncertainty about future policy and investment. Key global discontinuities to be discussed in this session include the recent major shifts in oil and gas prices, uncertainty caused by geopolitical tensions and climate policy, and emerging evidence of disruptive technological innovation.
10:05 Reducing inherent uncertainty in energy policy: can politics help?
  Ed Davey, Former Secretary of State, DECC
Price Cycles, Cost Control and the Crisis of Business Models 
10:25 Prof Jonathan Stern, Chairman, Natural Gas Programme, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
10:45 Seb Henbest, Head of EMEA,  Bloomberg New Energy Finance
11:05 Q&A
11:25 Coffee

Session 2: UK Energy Policy and Investment in an Uncertain World

Chair: Phil Grant , Partner Baringa Energy Advisory
This session will explore how the recent discontinuities in the global energy landscape have impacted UK energy policy and investment in the energy sector. With a new government taking the reins, this session will explore the continuity of UK energy policy and ask, can UK energy policy survive the next change of government?
Just how immune are energy networks from policy uncertainty?
11:45 Tim Tutton, Independent Consultant
  Future challenges in the electricity market
12:05 Jonathan Brearley, Director, Brearley Economics
Maximising Economic Recovery from the UKCS –  are policies and practices sufficiently aligned ?
12:25 Mike Tholen, Economics Director, Oil & Gas UK
12:45 Q&A
13:10 BIEE 11th Academic Conference 2016 Prof Matthew Leach
13:15-14:15 Lunch

Session 3: Panel Discussion : UK Energy Policy – triumph or travesty ?

Chair : Tom Clarke, Science Editor, Channel 4 News
This session continues the discussion on UK energy policy initiated in Session 2, but in the format of a chaired panel discussion. Each speaker will introduce his/her chosen theme, and then respond to lively and challenging questions from the chair. Conference delegates will be invited to ask questions.
Ian Marchant, Chairman, The Wood Group
Kirsty Hamilton, Policy Head,  Low Carbon Finance Group
Baroness Bryony Worthington, Shadow Spokesperson, Energy and Climate Change
Simon Virley CB, Partner and UK Chair Energy and Natural Resources, KPMG
15:20 Tea

 Session 4 : Innovation and the path towards decarbonisation

Chair: Prof Jim Watson , Research Director, UKERC
This session will examine the path to decarbonisation from a global perspective, with a particular focus on the role of innovation and technology in context of the shifting expectations and uncertainties faced by the energy sector.
15:40 Ian Ellerington, Head of Innovation Delivery, DECC
Technology innovation for the future energy system
16:00 Chris Laurens, VP Future Energy Technologies, Shell
Innovation: A key enabler? Or a distraction from action?
16:20 Jo Coleman, Director of Strategy , Energy Technologies Institute
16:40  Q&A
17:00 Refreshments and Networking
18:00 Close

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