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The smart way to charge an electric vehicle: What's next for industry and Government policy?

From 2030 new petrol and diesel cars and vans will be phased out, and from 2035 the only new cars and vans available to purchase will be zero-emission. This revolution in personal mobility will run in parallel to the energy sector’s own dramatic transformation, which is already well underway, whereby over half of power generation now comes from low carbon sources in an increasingly decentralised and digitalised energy system.  

Smart charging will be key to getting these two processes work together harmoniously.  And to ensure that’s the case, Government will soon require all chargepoints to be smart. Beyond these device level requirements, discussions are ongoing on how to ensure the EV charging system as a whole is cyber secure and enables consumer switching. Using the smart meter system as the basis from smart charging has been tabled by Government as one option with others also being explored, each with different pros and cons. 

A new report commissioned by Energy UK – to be launched at the event – assesses some of these different approaches, in particular discussing the opportunities and trade-offs from using different smart charging eco-systems. A panel discussion of industry experts will delve into the topic and explore the current policy environment, discussing what industry and Government are (and should be) doing to develop an enduring solution for smart charging.   

Speakers

  • Joseph Cosier, Policy Manager for New Energy Services and Heat, Energy UK
  • Tom Pakenham, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, OVO Energy
  • Emma Roberts, Head of EV Smart Energy Policy, Office for Zero Emission Vehicles
  • Jeremy Yapp, Head of Flexible Energy Systems, BEAMA

Is 2021 the biggest year for the Scottish energy industry

Date: Tuesday 23 February 2021
Time: 9:30 – 10:30

2021 is a big year for the energy sector and for Scotland. At the end of last year, the Scottish Government published the updated Climate Change Plan and their Hydrogen Policy Statement. The work to develop the 4th National Planning Framework continues and the draft Public Engagement Strategy is out for consultation. With Scottish Parliament elections on the horizon 2021 is sure to shape the future of the energy industry, in Scotland, Westminster and beyond.

Join us for a discussion on the energy industry in Scotland, the opportunities coming out of the Scottish government’s publications and strategies, the approach to customer engagement, what we need to see in a planning system to help deliver net zero by 2045 and what the election will mean for the future of energy policy, including the ramifications in Westminster.

Our panel of experts include:

  • Morag Watson, Director of Policy, Scottish Renewables
  • Mohammed Sultan Hussein, Director of Public Affairs, PLMR
  • Professor Keith Bell, Professor of electronic and electrical engineering at the University of Strathclyde and member of the Committee on Climate Change 
  • Sarah Chisnall, Head of Scottish Policy, Ombudsman Services
  • Simon Markall, Head of Public Affairs, Energy UK (Chair)

Energy White Paper Breakfast Briefing - 28 January 2021

The UK Government’s Energy White Paper was published in December 2020 and 2021 is already being billed as the first year to deliver substantial progress against its objectives.

On Thursday 28 January Energy UK hostied a panel of experts to discuss the paper – and what it means for the industry, customers and the environment. We discussed what ways the paper is a cornerstone providing a predictable and stable policy framework that gives confidence to investors, setting the foundations for the next decade of energy policy to support the delivery of net zero by 2050.

This breakfast briefing explored the White Paper’s contents to understand from a whole industry perspective what the paper means for the future of energy policy and the essential role that the UK energy industry will play both in delivering on its objectives but also help enable other sectors to deliver net zero. Where are the opportunities - but also the remaining gaps in policy and regulation - for the industry in terms of job growth and developing new innovative services, whilst as the same time playing a significant part in building back better from the COVID-19 pandemic.

With so many consultations and policy papers expected in 2021 and 2022 we will also explore what areas we can expect further policy clarification on and what that might mean for the industry and customers.

Speakers

This Breakfast briefing was chaired by Abbie Sampson, Director of External affairs, Energy UK and Panelists on the day included:

  • Josh Buckland, Director, Flint Global
  • Robert Buckley, Head of Relationship Development, Cornwall Insight
  • Isabella O'Dowd, Senior Climate change Specialist, WWF-UK
  • Dhara Vyas, Head of future energy services, Citizens Advice

Webinar: Customer Protections in Energy Services - 14 January 2021

Join representatives from Energy UK, Citizens Advice, and the Association for Decentralised Energy as we launch a joint report exploring customer protections in emerging energy services.

The report sets out an initial review of the risks apparent as the range of services offered to consumers expands. Bundled products, time of use tariffs, and offerings with multiple providers have the potential to increase complexity for consumers while also providing potential opportunities for decarbonisation and cost savings. It is, therefore, vital that the energy industry proactively monitor these potential impacts and, where appropriate, takes steps to address the gaps in existing protections.

Speakers

  • Audrey Gallagher, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Policy, Energy UK
  • Dhara Vyas, Head of Future Energy Services, Citizen’s Advice
  • Caroline Bragg, Head of Policy, ADE

Webinar: You can’t be what you can’t see - Why the public face of your organization matters - 8 December 2020

As the saying goes, ‘you can’t be, what you can’t see’ but while many organisations take steps to increase diversity within their organisation, they neglect to consider the public face of their organisation and how their business is represented at events, in advertising or the media.

As the recent Black Lives Matter movement has starkly highlighted, there is still an incredible amount to be done and many sectors – including the energy industry – have much further to go on ethnic diversity and inclusion. 

Having prominent visible role models is an important element of attracting diverse talent to the sector – and as we face the challenge of transitioning to a net zero economy we will need a diverse talent pool, where innovation flourishes.

Join us for this new webinar - sponsored by Google Cloud - where we will be joined by a range of experts to look at the issues surrounding ethnic diversity and BAME representation within the energy sector, as Energy UK also launches its new ‘Diversity in Energy Speakers Directory’ in partnership with Citizens Advice and Ofgem.

Speakers include:

  • Mac Alonge, CEO, The Equal Group
  • Felicity Beverley, Senior Strategic Engagement and Events Manager, Ofgem
  • Rajh Das, Head of Manufacturing, Industrial and Life Science, Google Cloud UK 
  • Bieneosa Ebite, Deputy Head of Corporate Communications at Centrica and Co-Chair of Centrica’s Women Network
  • Nina Goswami, Creative Diversity Lead and Journalist, BBC50:50 The Equality Project
  • Arun Rao, Senior Policy Researcher, Citizens Advice
  • Abbie Sampson, Director of External Affairs, Energy UK (Chair)

Energy UK has long been proud to lead the sector in driving forward positive change on diversity and inclusion, hosting our first conference and establishing the Equality and Diversity Forum last year among other initiatives, and we have driven much activity on gender equality and on LGBT+ through our Pride in Energy Forum. And we are now actively working with partners to ensure other elements of diversity, including ethnicity, is a focus for activity.

At this webinar we will be launching a new initiative to increase the diversity of the speakers at our events in terms of ethnicity, after success increasing the gender balance of our event participants following our long standing ban on all-male panels.  

The ‘Diversity in Energy Speakers’ directory which highlight experts from BAME backgrounds – from engineers to communications leaders, policy experts to campaigners – to help support event organisers and media outlets to broaden the range of voices and better represent people within the sector from BAME backgrounds.

To sign up for this list or find out more, please see here:
https://www.energy-uk.org.uk/energy-industry/equality-and-diversity/diversity-in-energy-experts-list.html

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EU Exit Preparedness Webinar in Partnership with BEIS - 8 December 2020

Energy UK in collaboration with BEIS hosted a webinar directed at energy companies to explain what changes are expected on 1 January 2021 and help with preparedness work as the transition period comes to an end.

Depending on the progress of the negotiations, we hope to be able to provide information on what the outcome of the negotiations mean for energy.

Topics covered in the webinar included:                                                

  • Energy specific issues such as trading arrangements, carbon pricing, REMIT.                        
  • Non energy specific topics including:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
    • Labour mobility                                                                                               
    • Borders and Customs (including extra-freight capacity for critical goods)                                                        
    • Treatment of Personal data                                                                                        
    • New State aid regime (WTO)
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