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Energy Efficiency Breakfast Briefing

Energy UK hosted a breakfast briefing with CGI on ‘Energy Efficiency - Integral to Energy Policy or Forgotten Opportunity’ on 29 January. The event featured panellists Sian Gardener, Director Consulting Services at CGI (Chair), Simon Evans, Deputy Editor and Policy Editor at Carbon Brief, Ed Matthew, Associate Director at E3G, Isabella O'Dowd, Climate Change Specialist at WWF and David Weatherall, Head of Policy at Energy Saving Trust. The discussion explored the Government’s approach to energy efficiency, net zero homes and building standards, Scotland’s energy efficiency programme, carbon budgets, the recent IPCC report, and changes in consumer behaviour.

Industrial Strategy Breakfast Briefing

On 21 January, Energy UK held its first Breakfast Briefing of the year on the Industrial Strategy, one year on. The panel featured Minister for Business and Industry, Richard Harrington MP, the Chair of the Enterprise Forum, Andrew Cumpsty and our Director of Policy, Audrey Gallacher. The wide-ranging discussion explored the challenges ahead for the energy sector, and covered everything from electric vehicles, the decarbonisation of heat, Local Enterprise partnerships, productivity and Brexit.

10th Anniversary of the Climate Change Act

On 26 November, Energy UK jointly hosted a Parliamentary event to mark the 10th Anniversary of the Climate Change Act, in partnership with the Committee on Climate Change, the All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group and Policy Connect.

Speakers at the event included Caroline Lucas MP, Claire Perry MP, Ed Miliband MP, Lawrence Slade, Dr Emily Shuckburgh and Lord Deben. Energy UK also used the occasion to formally launch Energy and our Environment - a collection of essays on the anniversary featuring contributions from leading politicians, scientists, academics and regulators as well as figures from the energy sector and environmental groups – and also published a ten-point action plan setting out areas where the industry and government can work together to continue and accelerate the UK’s progress in tackling climate change.

The reception also saw the UK premiere of a short film Energy UK made with ten year old students from Micklem Primary School in Hemel Hempstead talking about climate change – do have a watch of it here.          

Consumer engagement

On 19 November, Energy UK hosted a breakfast briefing on what consumer engagement could look like in a price cap world. The panel included Anthony Pygram (Director for Conduct & Enforcement, Ofgem), Gillian Cooper (Head of Energy Retail Markets, Citizens Advice), Greg Jackson (CEO, Octopus Energy), Richard Neudegg (Head of Regulation & Compliance, uSwitch) and Chair, Pamela Taylor (Chair, Energy Switch Guarantee). The discussion explored the potential impacts of the price cap on engagement, how tariffs are changing, Ofgem’s Supplier Market Access rules, customer service, the Warm Home Discount, and automatic switching sites.

Health and safety conference

On 15 November, Energy UK held its Health and Safety Conference 2018 in Leeds in November, sponsored by ESB and Gore-Tex, and supported by Mental Health UK. The conference brought together health and safety professionals and consultants from across the energy industry alongside government and regulators to discuss key topics including Grenfell Tower, battery storage, stress prevention, smart meters, and occupational health.

How reliable is a renewables-dominated electricity system?

On 24 October, Energy UK hosted a breakfast briefing with Vivid Economics on 'How reliable is a renewables-dominated electricity system?' Chairing this briefing, Kyle Martin was joined by panellists from Vivid Economics, National Grid, Reactive Technologies, and the Committee on Climate Change to discuss how much wind and solar can be integrated into the electricity mix while maintaining the reliability of the system.

We would like to thank Vivid Economics for their contribution.

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