Is There a Plan ? UK Energy Policy for the 2020s

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Thursday September  21st 2017
BEIS Conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street,
London, SW1H 0ET

Thank you to everyone who attended  this conference. Delegates and BIEE members can view the presentations in the downloads section of this website.

University of Sussex have  posted a report of the  conference which you can  read here

Video interviews with speakers will be posted on website at the beginning of November.


With Brexit, a hung parliament  and a new business and energy department, the context for UK energy policy is changing. This year sees the publication of a number of key set-piece policy documents – including the Government’s Green Paper on Industrial Strategy, the Clean Growth Plan, the National Infrastructure Commission’s assessment of priorities, and an Energy Smart Systems Report due later in the year. In putting in place an energy policy fit for the 2020s and beyond, developments in this parliament will be crucial. How will a department that combines energy with industrial strategy affect the shape of the UK’s energy policy?  How should we secure the new infrastructure needed for decarbonisation through the 2020s and beyond?  Will the new industrial strategy capture the benefits of emerging smart technologies for UK consumers and companies? This conference will bring together experts from energy industry, the financial sector, the policy community and academia to explore these questions and consider the way forward for UK energy policy. The inter-connectedness of industrial strategy, emission reduction commitments, and rapid technology development will provide key themes for discussion at this conference.

Conference Theme


See outline programme

Why Attend ?

Join experts from energy industry, the financial sector, the policy community and academia to participate in a day of  lively and informative discussion and debate on the way forward for UK energy policy.

Sessions will address questions such as:

The New UK Energy Policy Context

  • What are the key building blocks of an energy policy that will guide the UK safely through the 2020s, and how much progress can we hope to see in 2017 ?
  • Can the UK secure benefits of international co-operation and inter-connected markets as we leave the EU ?  
  • Can the UK  meet its legally-binding climate targets against a backdrop of tightening fiscal constraints and policy moves away from subsidy for new renewables ?

The Green Paper on Industrial Strategy.

  • What are the opportunities and threats for energy from an industrial strategy?
  • Will a post-Brexit focus on driving up industrial competitiveness press against making progress in decarbonisation? 
  • Or will new focused interventions enable the UK to take strategic advantage of new technologies?

 Forthcoming Emissions Reduction Plan

  • How will the Emissions Reduction Plan stack-up in practice?
  • Will it secure the low-carbon investment in the power sector necessary to continue progress?
  • Does it look likely to extend progress to decarbonisation of other sectors – such as heat for buildings; and transport, where emissions are currently rising?

Forthcoming Energy Smart Systems Report

  • Will policy be able to unlock real change and deliver new flexible options?
  • Will the roll-out of smart meters empower customers to play a more active part in balancing the system? 
  • Is enough being done to reduce the cost of electricity storage and allow storage operators to develop feasible business models?  

Who Attends ?

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.

See the  organisations  already registered for 2017



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Raise your profile, improve exposure and access among a unique mix of stakeholders, and support high quality, informed debate of the UK’s energy future.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this conference  please email    to request a sponsorship prospectus  and enquire about sponsorship options  with Jonathan Thurlwell or Debbie Heywood.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please email 


Paul Appleby, Head of Energy Economics, BP plc

George Day, Head of Economic Strategy, Energy Technologies Institute

Adrian Gault, Acting CEO, The Committee on Climate Change

Richard Green, Alan and Sabine Howard Professor of Sustainable Energy Business, Imperial College Business School

Jonathan Thurlwell, Managing Principal, IPA Advisory


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