PRASEG & APPMPG seminar: Making Waves – Is the UK on course to deliver a marine energy revolution?
Tuesday 4th March, 16:00-18:00, Committee Room 20, House of Commons
Chair: Alan Whitehead MP, PRASEG Chair
- Barbara Garnier-Schofield, Head – Marine energy and Tidal range, Department of Energy & Climate Change
- Mark Shorrock, Chief Executive, Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay
- Dan Pearson, CEO, MeyGen
- Nick Medic, Director of Offshore Renewables, Renewable UK
- John Callaghan, Programme Manager for Wave and tiday, The Crown Estate
The UK is uniquely placed to lead the world in delivering a revolution in renewable marine (wave and tidal) energy. According to the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), the UK has around 50% of Europe’s tidal energy resources and thanks to the UK’s existing technical and engineering expertise in offshore energy Britain is currently the world leader in development and deployment this technology.
In DECC’s UK Renewable Energy Roadmap published in 2011, the Government recognised the enormous potential of marine energy, stating that up to 20% of the UK’s current electricity demand (between 30 & 50 gigawatts of installed capacity) could be delivered by 2050. Successful deployment of this renewable technology would play a significant role in delivering the UK’s renewable energy objectives and climate change targets, currently estimated by DECC to have the potential to save the UK 61 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2025.
However, there is a long way to go and many challenges lie ahead. A sector still in its infancy, DECC predict in 2011 that only 200 & 300 megawatts (MWs) of generation capacity may be able to be deployed by 2020. As with all emerging technologies, wave and tidal energy projects face the challenge of moving from high upfront deployment costs with a long repayment horizon to one that is cost competitive with rival established energy technologies, and the associated difficulties of securing support and financing from government and the private sector.
There has been little new information since these initial predictions and estimations back in 2011, and in the meantime new tidal proposals, such as tidal lagoons and tidal arrays have come on the scene and are on the verge of deployment on a commercial scale, while plans for a Severn barrage have been put on the backburner. Developments in recent years have also led many in the sector to believe that marine energy can be price competitive with offshore wind in the near future.
With these issues in mind, this seminar will look at the following questions:
- What is the real potential for UK marine energy?
- Has marine energy developed faster or slower than predicted in 2011, and how much deployment is now achievable by 2020?
- Will the new policy framework enshrined in the Energy Act enable marine energy projects to come forward for the sector to meet its potential?
- What is the potential for this technology, not just in meeting the UK’s future energy needs and climate change targets, but also for sustaining, renewing and growing a manufacturing and engineering supply chain in UK ports and their hinterland?
If you would like to attend this seminar please contact Rhys Williams, the PRASEG Coordinator, by e-mail email@example.com or by phone on 020 7222 2546
12 December 2013
PRASEG & the All-Party Intelligent Energy Group Reception: ‘Solar Britain – It’s Happening!’ sponsored by the Solar Trade Association
Speakers: (Chair) Peter Aldous MP; Rt Hon Gregory Barker MP, Minister of State, DECC; Julie Elliott MP, Shadow Energy Minister; Jonathon Porritt; Patrick Begg, Director of Rural Enterprises, The National Trust; Paul Barwell, CEO, Solar Trade Association; Juliet Davenport, CEO, Good Energy
“Solar power is an exciting and dynamic technology, with costs continuing to fall. It has a key part to play in the UK’s energy mix. The coalition is firmly committed to working with industry to drive forward investment in this high growth green sector.”
Rt Hon Greg Barker MP, Energy & Climate Change Minister, DECC
In just 3 years UK solar power capacity has expanded to around 2.7 GW, with the UK now in the top markets globally. The UK now has nearly half a million solar-powered homes, around 200,000 solar thermal systems, 300 solar farms and nearly 2000 community solar schemes. Over this period the cost of solar power has fallen faster than any other energy generation technology and the Solar Trade Association (STA) anticipate solar power will soon be the cheapest low-carbon renewable energy source. The Renewable Heat Incentive is about to take off with solar thermal now set for major growth.
Join us to celebrate the growth of solar power and solar thermal at all scales across the UK. Come and speak directly to the industry to hear how solar is supporting what British jobs, green growth, manufacturing and biodiversity. Come and hear how solar is turning the grid on its head and putting power directly into the hands of millions of everyday people and organisations.
Speakers from parliament, industry and the NGO community will set out the benefits of solar for communities, demonstrate best practice in the industry and reinforce the competitive cost of solar compared with other technologies.
10 July 2013
PRASEG Annual Conference 2013: ‘Keeping the Lights on: At What Cost?’
Sponsored by Glennmont Partners & DONG Energy
Speakers: Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change; Caroline Flint MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change; Lord Deben, Chair, Committee on Climate Change; Laura Sandys MP, PPS to Greg Barker MP, Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change; Angela Knight, Chief Executive, Energy UK; Nigel Cornwall, Managing Director, Cornwall Energy; Maf Smith, Deputy Chief Executive, RenewableUK; Doug Parr, Chief Scientist, Greenpeace; Peter Dickson, Partner, Glennmont Partners; Jenny Holland, Head of Parliamentary Affairs, Association for the Conservation of Energy; Rachel Cary, Senior Policy Advisor, Green Alliance; Dave Openshaw, Head of Future Networks, UK Power Network; Malcolm Ball, Director, Non-Domestic Energy Efficiency, Green Investment Bank; Keith MacLean, Policy and Research Director, SSE
- An audio recording the conference can be found here
- Photos from the conference can be found here
- Delegates twitter comments from the conference can be found here
24th April 2013
Injecting New Energy into the Market: What role for industrial and commercial energy in EMR? with CHPA
Speakers: Dr Alan Whitehead MP (Chair); Alex Fergusson, Senior Policy Adviser, CBI; Mark Stokes, Managing Director, MITIE; Tim Snaith, Head of Engineering, Energy and Property Efficiency, Boots; Head of Policy and Communications, CHPA.
12 March 2013
Build Up Skills Reception
On March 12 2013 PRASEG hosted the Build Up Skills Roadmap Endorsement reception on the House of Commons Terrace. The event was a great success attended by over 100 stakeholders from across the Build Environment sector.
The full report can be downloaded here
You can give your comments and endorsements for the Build Up Skills Roadmap report here
Photographs from the Build Up Skills Roadmap Endorsement Event can be found here
6 March 2013
PRASEG Seminar – The Energiewende: A close look at Germany’s renewable energy revolution
Audio recordings of this event can be found here.
Introduction; Tom Heap; Presenter, Radio 4’s Costing the Earth
Rainer Baake; Director, Agora Energiewende
Andreas Kraemer; Director and CEO, Ecologic Institute in Berlin
Dr Alan Whitehead MP; Chair, PRASEG
27 February 2013
PRASEG Seminar: Future energy markets and the role of small players: new routes or no routes?
An excellent summary of this event was written by Cornwall Energy which you can access here.
Report Launch: Delivering Renewable Energy Under Devolution
Speakers: Colin Imrie (Scottish Government), Llywelyn Rhys (RenewableUK Cymru), Gary Connolly (NIRIG), and Volkmar Lauber (Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Salzburg) will be speaking at the event, in addition to the research team: Dr Richard Cowell (Cardiff University), Dr Geraint Ellis (Queen’s University, Belfast), Dr David Toke (University of Birmingham) and Professor Peter Strachan (Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen).
31st October 2012
PRASEG Annual Conference and Reception
“After EMR: What future for renewable and sustainable energy?”
Laura Sandys MP speech: “We need a consumer-centric energy industry with an “X-box” functioning grid.”
Keynote speech by Rt. Hon. Ed Davey MP
- A view from the Chair - Dr Alan Whitehead MP
- DONG Energy Welcome letter by Benj Sykes
- Speaker Biographies
Launch of PRASEG and FPEEG report:
Social Justice in the Low Carbon Transition
The Associate Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group, and the All-Party Parliamentary Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency Group convened an inquiry to investigate social justice in the low carbon transition.
The inquiry was chaired by Alan Whitehead MP, Caroline Lucas MP and Laura Sandys MP.
The report is available here.
Terms of Reference available here.
Launch of PRASEG report
Renewables and the Grid: access and management
PRASEG convened an inquiry to discuss current issues affecting access to the transmission and distribution network for renewables and other low carbon technologies, and the challenges facing operators when managing the network with an increasingly variable input. The terms of reference and call for evidence were issued on 1 December 2009. Twenty-eight organisations or other experts in the field submitted evidence, and two oral evidence sessions were held: one on 12 January 2010 and the other on 27 January 2010. This work is intended to supplement the current and imminent consultations, including those issued by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, and Ofgem.
The report is available here