Energy 2020: The Disruptive Decade?

Tuesday 2nd December 2014, One Birdcage Walk, London, SW1H 9JJ

This year’s PRASEG conference, entitled ‘Energy 2020: The Disruptive Decade?’, will explore the transformational changes the UK energy system may undergo over the next decade as a result of the growth of the decentralised and demand side solution sectors. The conference will explore what impacts the increased use of these technologies may have on investment, on incumbent energy sector businesses, opportunities for new entrants, and how this may begin to impact on energy policy and regulatory priorities in the next Parliament.


Confirmed Speakers include:

  • Amber Rudd, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, DECC
  • Alan Whitehead MP
  • Matthew Bell, CEO, Committee on Climate Change
  • Prof. Catherine Mitchell, Professor of Energy Policy, Exeter University
  • Sara Bell, Director, UK Demand Response Association
  • Dr Joanne Wade, Director Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE)
  • Claire Maugham, Director of Communications, Smart Energy GB
  • David Gray, Chairman, Ofgem
  • Philip Wolfe, Chairman, Community Energy England
  • Reg Platt, Senior Partnership Manager, OVO Energy
  • Councillor Andrew Cooper, Deputy Chair, LGA Environment & Housing Board
  • Basil Scarsella, CEO, UK Power Networks
  • Doug Parr, Chief Scientist, Greenpeace
  • Dave Sowden, CEO, Sustainable Energy Association
  • Jonathan Reynolds MP, Shadow Energy Minister
  • More to be announced.


    Media Sponsor: New Power

    A full agenda is available to download here: PRASEG Annual Conference 14 Agenda

    To book your place at the PRASEG Annual Conference please complete a Booking form and return to info@praseg.org.uk.

    Next Event:

    PRASEG & WWF-UK Event: The economics of climate change policy: what are the overall costs and benefits of the UK meeting its carbon budgets?

    Wednesday 10th September 2014, 17:00 – 19:00, Committe Room 8, House of Commons

    In a new landmark report to be published in September, Cambridge Econometrics looks for the first time at the full macro-economic implications of the UK meeting its carbon budgets out to 2030, from impacts on households to impacts on a wide range of industry sectors across the UK economy. This event will debate the report’s findings on the impact that meeting the UK’s carbon budgets could have for the economy as a whole, GDP growth, job creation, energy bills, Government revenues, energy security and healthcare expenditure.


    • Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Labour MP for Southampton Test and PRASEG Chair.


    • Professor Paul Ekins, University College London
    • The Rt Hon Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
    • Mathew Knight, Director of Strategy and Government Affairs, Siemens Energy
    • Steven Heath, Director – Public Affairs and Strategy, Knauf Insulation

    If you would like to attend this event please confirm to Rhys Williams by e-mail at rhys.williams@praseg.org.uk or by phone on 020 7222 2546.

    16 July 2014

    PRASEG Seminar: Early Lessons of the Domestic RHI – What have we learnt in the first 100 days?

    The audio recording of this seminar can be found here.

    2 July 2014

    PRASEG & APPGIE Seminar: The Future of Solar

    An audio recording of this seminar can be found here.

    7 April 2014

    PRASEG & FPEEG Seminar: The Energy Company Obligation – What is the best way forward?

    An audio recording can be found here.

    4 March 2014

    PRASEG & APPMPG seminar: Making Waves – Is the UK on course to deliver a marine energy revolution?

    An audio recording of this event can be found here.

    26 February 2014

    ‘PRASEG & CHPA seminar – Heat Networks: how to make low carbon affordable heat a reality’

    An audio recording of this seminar can be found here.

    Tuesday 4 February 2014

    PRASEG & APPCCG event – CCSA & TUC Report Launch: The Economic Benefits of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in the UK

    An audio recording of this event can be found here.

    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.

    An audio recording of this seminar is available here. Notes from the seminar are available here.

    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

    Alan Whitehead

    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.

    23rd January 2013

    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).

    More information about this research project can be found here
    The full initial findings report and an executive summary can be found here

    31st October 2012

    PRASEG Annual Conference and Reception

    “After EMR: What future for renewable and sustainable energy?”

    Conference Summary: part 1 - part 2part 3

    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

    Delegate Pack:

    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.

    March 2010
    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

    PRASEG Seminar – TEQs: a policy framework to guarantee that UK carbon budgets are respected?

    Monday 10th March 2014, 16:00 – 18:00, Committee Room 17, House of Commons

    ***This seminar is being re-arranged – Date TBC***

    The TEQs (Tradable Energy Quotas) system was first published in 1996 by the late Dr. David Fleming, and has since been the subject of extensive study, including a government pre-feasibility study in 2008.  This concluded that TEQs was then “ahead of its time” due to public reluctance to accept climate policy and perceived greater costs than ‘international abatement’ via the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.  In light of the EU ETS’ well-documented problems, attention is turning back to this more radical alternative, and TEQs has support from high-profile MPs in all three major parties, as well as being Green Party policy.

    TEQs (pronounced “tex”) is a concept similar to a national electronic system for rationing energy use, covering the whole economy, with individuals given a free weekly entitlement of units.  However, individuals who use less than their entitlement would be able to legally sell their surplus units at the prevailing national price, thus profiting from their energy-thrift and providing a means for above-average users to exceed their entitlement.  Since the national TEQs price would be determined by national demand, it would be transparently in everyone’s interest to help each other reduce their energy demand, and to support increases in low-carbon supply.  And since all fuels and electricity would carry a ‘carbon rating’ determining the number of units needed to make a purchase, there would be a strong competitive advantage for low-carbon energy.  The system as a whole would guarantee that the carbon budget set by the Committee on Climate Change is actually achieved, allowing confident long-term investment in low-carbon infrastructure.

    At this seminar, Shaun Chamberlin and Matt Finch will be explaining the system and how it would work, making the case for why the UK should adopt this approach, and laying out the next steps towards implementation in the current political climate, before answering your questions.

    For more information see: www.teqs.net

    Speakers: Shaun Chamberlin and Matt Finch work for the Fleming Policy Centre, the organisation that promotes and advocates for TEQs. Shaun has previously served as a member of DEFRA’s personal carbon allowances advisory group and co-authored the All Party Parliamentary Group on Peak Oil’s 2011 report into TEQs.  Matt has a background in business and previously worked for Mikhail Gorbachev’s environmental NGO, Green Cross.