Consumers at the Heart of the Energy System? BIEE Conference 2018

9:00 AM 18 September - 6:00 PM 19 September 2018
BIEE , Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford,OX2 6GG, United Kingdom

Conference Theme

Energy use in the industrial age has largely been a passive affair. Both businesses and household consumers have flicked switches, turned knobs or started engines without knowing or wanting to know much about how energy is being delivered to them, provided that it is available when they want it and doesn’t cost too much. But is this characteristic of energy use about to change dramatically?

The 2018 two-day research conference will consider how the interactions between consumers and energy systems will be affected by: environmental, social and economic priorities; new energy supply and use technologies; the marriage of energy networks and communication technologies; innovative business models; and changing consumer energy aspirations and practices. Developments in the UK, wider EU and further afield may show similar trends, given the global nature of many of the drivers of change, but there could also be national and regional differences depending on cultural and market contexts.

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DAY 1 – Tuesday  18th  September 2018

09:00

 

Accommodation Registration

St Anne’s College, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HS

09:45

 

Conference Registration

Blavatnik School of Government, 120 Walton Street, Oxford, OX2 6GC

10:30

 

Welcome

Auditorium

10.35

 

 Keynote Address 

Charles Hendry, Former Energy Minister and BIEE President

 

11:05

 

First Plenary Session – Consumers at the Heart of the Energy System ?

Energy consumers in the industrial age have typically been passive actors. Both businesses and household consumers have flicked switches, or started engines without wanting to know much about where their energy comes from, provided that it is available when they want it and it doesn’t cost too much. But this characteristic of energy use is changing and may be about to change dramatically. With the emergence of advanced technology, ‘smart’ consumers can potentially make more informed choices about when and how much energy they use and ultimately become ‘prosumers’ – energy producers and storers – themselves. But will consumers embrace new approaches to energy, what wider benefits could be delivered, and how can any challenges be met? This session will look at how consumers’ relationship with energy is changing, how this might evolve in the future, and what can be learnt from the experiences of other countries and market sectors. It will assess what consumers stand to gain or lose from playing a more active role in the energy system, and how far they will actually engage.

3 speakers from industry government academia

12.05

 

Questions and Discussion

13:00

 

Lunch

14:00

 

First Parallel Session

 

 

Paper and Dialogue Sessions

15.30

 

Tea

16:00-17.30

 

Second Parallel Session

 

 

Paper  and Dialogue Sessions

17.30

 

Student ‘Pitch’ Presentation Session

19:00

 

 Drinks Reception – St Anne’s College

20:00

 

Conference Dinner – St  Anne’s College College Dining Hall

 

 

After Dinner Speaker

 

 

DAY 2 – Wednesday September 19th 2018

08.00

 

Women in Energy Breakfast Session

Prof Catherine Mitchell and 2 speakers

09:00

 

Keynote Address

Basil Scarsella, CEO, UK Power Networks

Auditorium

09:30

 

Second Plenary Session: New Technologies and Services

A wide range of new technologies and services will interact with consumers, depending on consumers to use them or affecting consumers’ experiences. Electric vehicles are set to change the way we drive. Heat pumps will change the way some of our homes are heated. Storage technologies are developing. Various ‘smart’ devices are being created to help minimise demand in buildings, provide demand side response or limit oversupply of prosumer renewables to protect distribution networks. Robots have the potential to insulate hard-to-reach areas in buildings. This session will look at a number of new technologies and consider the opportunities and challenges. What value can these technologies create? What is the size of the market? Which technologies will consumers actually use? What are the major barriers? What new business models and finance will be required to support these technologies? What is the role for policy, regulation and standards?

 

 

 

Lawrence Orsini, Founder and CEO LO3 Energy + 3 speakers

10:30

 

Questions and Discussion

11:00

 

Coffee

11:30

 

Third Parallel Session

 

 

 Paper and Dialogue Sessions

13:00

 

Lunch

 14:00

 

Third Plenary Session :  Impacts and Implications of a Consumer-Driven Energy System

This session will look at the possible future impacts and implications of consumers playing a more active role in the energy system. To what extent will consumer behaviour affect the future energy mix? What will be the impact on where how and when energy is used and produced ? How will it affect decarbonisation? What are the implications for incumbent generators, suppliers and grid operators? Who will be the winners and losers? What are the potential risks of increasingly connected systems? What would be the effect on the resilience of consumers’ energy supply? Who will be the demographic winners and losers? How will governments and regulatory authorities need to respond to these changes?

 

 

Dermot Nolan, CEO, OFGEM

 

 

Jenni Saunders ex NEA + 1 speaker tbc

15.00

 

Questions and Discussion

15.30

 

BIEE Annual General Meeting

Auditorium

15.45

 

Tea 

16.00

 

Finish