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What should be in the UK’s energy mix to keep the lights on and meet decarbonisation targets?

The third roundtable in the Power 2020 series will focus on the UK’s energy mix.

If decarbonisation targets are going to be met by 2030, Britain will need to embrace existing and other sources of energy such as low carbon heating, solar power, shale gas, clean coal, carbon capture, wind etc. At the same time, ageing power stations are closing and must be replaced, and North Sea production is in decline, meaning energy security cannot be taken for granted. Both of these objectives need to be addressed in the most cost-effective way to minimise the impacts on customers’ bills. This is the challenge all parties face in designing their policies for the next election and beyond.

This seminar will take a realistic and long term view on how to achieve affordability, energy security and decarbonisation – the solutions and also the pitfalls.

Confirmed speakers include

  • Sam Laidlaw, Chief Executive, Centrica
  • Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Energy
  • Julie Elliott MP, Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change
  • Nigel Fox, Energy Demand Manager at National Grid
  • Tim Webb, Energy Editor of The Times (chair)

Contact Details

For more information about the Power 2020 series, please contact James Noble at Connect Communications on 020 7592 9490 or power2020@connectpa.co.uk


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Date & Time

Date: Thursday 16 October 2014

Time: 09.30 - 11.00

Power 2020: kick-starting Britain's energy revolution

Power 2020 is a national policy forum established to help kick start Britain’s energy revolution and change mind-sets.

Energy is in the policy spotlight following Labour’s promise to freeze energy prices and Government moves to reduce bills by removing the costs of some energy efficiency schemes away from energy companies.

The political battleground on energy prices comes at a time when the UK needs to attract significant investment to ensure the UK can enjoy security of supply as well as meet its climate change obligations.

The Power 2020 series of roundtable events will put the UK’s energy policy under the microscope and assess what needs to be done to respond to growing consumer, industry and business concerns over rising energy prices and lack of investment.

On the road to 2015, the Power 2020 series of policy roundtable events will kick start the debate between industry leaders and the key policy makers from each political party to find the answers to the BIG energy questions and shape tomorrow’s thinking.

The big six energy questions that Power 2020 will look at are:

  • What will an energy price freeze mean for the consumer in 2017?
  • Who benefits from the break-up of the big six?
  • Does the UK have the skills and innovation to deliver an energy revolution?
  • What should be in the UK’s “energy mix” to keep the lights on and meet decarbonisation targets?
  • How can the UK energy market attract greater investment?
  • Will plans for the wholesale electricity market, the break-up of the big six and abolition of OFGEM work to drive or kill competition and investment?

All these questions will be tackled and debated in the Power 2020 series on the road to 2015.

If you are interested in being part of the Power 2020 series and want to attend or sponsor the roundtable events, please contact James Noble at Connect Communications on 020 7592 9592 or j.noble@connectpa.co.uk


Wilson Room
Portcullis House
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA