The voice of the energy industry

Energy sector looks to the future

Energy UK holds its annual conference at the QEII Conference Centre this Thursday (October 19) focussing on the future challenges and opportunities facing the industry at a time of unprecedented change.

Speakers on the day include Lord Ian Duncan, Minister for Scotland; Rebecca Long-Bailey, Shadow BEIS Secretary of State; Dermot Nolan, Ofgem Chief Executive and Laura Sandys, former MP and Chief Executive of Challenging Ideas,  who will be speaking about her new report ‘Reshaping Regulation’. MPs Caroline Flint, Sir Ed Davey and Peter Kyle will also be in attendance.
A host of representatives from across the sector will debate a range of topics under the theme ‘Transitioning and transforming our energy industry’, encompassing retail, generation, heating, cyber security and future energy systems. The full programme for the day is available here.

Accompanying the conference are two new publications: 

Energy in the UK details the industry’s contribution to the UK economy (including £24bn in economic value, £11.9bn of investment and 730,000 jobs supported across the UK in 2016), illustrates its contribution so far in moving the country towards a low carbon future and outlines the challenges ahead in transforming heating, transport and moving to a smart energy system.  It also details the growing competition in the retail market and the help given to vulnerable customers.         

The YEP Forum’s Guide to Jobs in Energy continues the future theme by highlighting the breadth of opportunities available across the sector to those considering a career in energy. With over 200,000 new recruits needed within the next ten years, the publication gives first-hand insight and advice on the many roles available in new energy services, consultancy, smart technologies, engineering and more. 

Energy UK chief executive Lawrence Slade said: 

“We talk about the future transformation of the energy sector but so much is happening right now, with the technology and innovation of the future already powering our homes, cars and businesses. 

“The energy industry has already made great strides in producing cleaner, greener energy but a further step-change is required if we are to rise to the challenges ahead. The future prize is an exciting one - a decentralised, decarbonised, digital future where consumers are in greater control of their energy, and the industry is working every day to make this vision a reality.”    


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