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Conference: Progressive Energy Governance


Progressive Energy Governance

Date: 21st May 2014

Venue: Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR


This event is for anyone interested in exploring the key governance challenges that the UK energy system is currently facing, along with potential solutions. The affordability of energy is now a highly controversial issue, there are growing arguments over the Climate Change Committee’s recommended pace of decarbonisation, and concerns continue to mount over short- and long-term energy security. At the same time the GB electricity market is going through major reform as part of the 2013 Energy Act, along with the wider changes coming from the EU such as market coupling. Overall, energy is becoming increasingly politicised.

The event will explore these issues with some of the leading thinkers on energy. These experts will be setting out their own views on the future of the energy system, the problems its faces and how these might be overcome. These presentations will act as provocation for a wider discussion amongst the conference participants.

The conference is roughly split into four sections:

  • In the morning, we have a rapporteur session based on current IGov research which is examining the rules and regulations of the UK energy sector.
  • This will be followed by two keynote speakers providing perspectives from Germany and the UK, setting out their own views on the future of their respective energy systems, the problems they face and how these might be overcome,
  • After lunch we will then have an ‘Energy Den’ session that gives 15 key thinkers from industry, academia, NGOs, and independent observers the opportunity to give a short open personal vision for the future of the energy system, along with a brief statement of the changes in policy, institutions or governance they think are needed to realise that vision. These presentations will act as provocation for a wider discussion amongst the conference participants
  • We will wrap up the day with a panel session that will consider the outcomes from the keynotes, the IGov Team and the Energy Den, with an overall aim of identifying whether there is some common understanding of what the problems are and/or for what types of changes are needed.


The final agenda and speakers include:

9.00 Registration

9.35 – 9.45 Introduction to day

  • Catherine Mitchell, University of Exeter

9.45 – 10.45 UK Rules and Incentives

  • Matthew Lockwood, IGov Team, University of Exeter
  • Caroline Kuzemko, IGov Team, University of Exeter
  • Richard Hoggett, IGov Team, University of Exeter
  • Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, University of Exeter
  • Florian Kern, SPRU

10.45 – 11.00 Break

 11.00 – 12.00 Keynote Speakers

  • Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs*, Director of the Environmental Policy Research Centre and Professor of Comparative Politics at the Freie Universität Berlin.
  • Prof. Jim Skea,  RCUK Energy Strategy Fellow, Imperial College London

12.00 – 1.00 Lunch

 1.00 – 2.20 The Energy Den – Sessions 1 and 2

  • Keith MacLean – Policy and Research Director, SSE
  • Chris Welby – Policy & Regulatory Affairs Director, Good Energy
  • Andrew Mack – Head of Strategy, OVO Energy
  • Danielle Lane – Head of Regulatory & Stakeholder Relations UK, DONG Energy


  • Lorretta Boman – Director – Carbon Consulting, Europe and Africa, WorleyParsons
  • Andy Balkwill – Regulatory Policy Manager, National Grid
  • Malcolm Keay – Snr Research Fellow, Oxford Institute of Energy Studies
  • Dave Openshaw            – Head of Future Networks, UK Power Networks
  • Matthew Rhodes – Managing Director, Encraft


2.20 – 2.35 Break

2.35 – 3.45 The Energy Den – Sessions 3 and 4

  • Simon Roberts – Chief Executive of the Centre for Sustainable Energy
  • Judith Ward – Director of Sustainability First
  • Ingrid Holmes – Associate Director, E3G
  • Kirsty Hamilton – Policy Head, Low Carbon Finance Group


  • Ruth Davis – Political Director, Greenpeace UK
  • Rebecca Willis – Independent Researcher
  • Guy Newey – Head of Environment & Energy, Policy Exchange
  • Reg Platt – Snr Research Fellow, IPPR


3.45 – 4.50 Panel Session

  • Ben Caldecott – Programme Director and Research Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment
  • Andy Rowell – Freelance Writer and Director of Public Interest Investigations at Spinwatch
  • Melanie Smallman – Chair of SERA and a member of Labour’s Living Standards and Sustainability Policy Commission
  • Neil Stockley – Director, MHP Communications


4.50 – 5.00 Closing Remarks

  • Catherine Mitchell – University of Exeter


To Book a Place:

This event is now sold out. Sorry!

Download the final Agenda here: Agenda – final


*We would like to thank the Germany Embassy for kindly supporting the participation of Prof Schreurs at this event.

We are also grateful to SSE for financial support.


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