Energy UK’s Annual Conference isn’t far away now and I am, as a member of the generation team at Energy UK, looking forward to the panel session on ‘progress in our energy mix’.
Twenty five years ago, the energy mix was largely nuclear, coal, gas and hydro-electric powered generation. Today, a plethora of different technologies contribute to our generation capacity. At the Energy UK Annual Conference we will hear from a panel of experts representing a huge range of technologies and generation assets. The panel consists of Dorothy Thompson from Drax whose power station is both biomass and coal, Asif Rehmanwala from Ecotricity, a renewable electricity generation supplier and generator, Paul Spence from EDF which runs the UK’s nuclear fleet, and Mary Teuton from VPI Immingham which is a CHP gas powered station. Also on the panel is Trevor Hutchings from WWF who is sure to have an interesting opinion as the non-generator on the panel.
While it is inevitable Brexit will be discussed at some point during the panel, I am most interested in hearing about the upcoming Capacity Market Auction and how it may affect the energy mix in the UK going forward. In recent months, charging and embedded benefits have been the priority issue for many, and so hearing from the panel on what impact any changes may have on the Capacity Market Auction is something I will be looking out for.
The diversity of the panel and extensive experience should make for an interesting and constructive debate on where the UK should be, and is heading, in terms of generation.