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Please note new time and venue: 5.30pm-7.00pm, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Who benefits from the break-up of the big six? Does the UK have the skills and innovation to deliver an energy revolution?

The second roundtable in the Power 2020 series will focus on skills and innovation.

Have we got the skilled workforce we need to deliver new generating and transmission capacity? What should the government and the big six be doing to boost skills in the sector? How can the UK energy sector ensure that we lead the way in developing innovation?

Lower energy prices are important to both the industry and the workforce — but is attacking the big six the best way of lowering prices and delivering investment? Will Labour’s plans to break-up the big six lead to job losses and worsening employment? Britain needs to invest in new technologies and innovation if we are to kick start an energy revolution. This seminar will look at the best way to secure lower prices and grow skills and innovation. Should Britain be moving to new energy sources such as shale or more investment in large-scale renewables?

Speakers include:

  • Nina Bhatia, Commercial Director, British Gas
  • Matt Lay, National Officer, UNISON
  • Neil Robertson, Group Chief Executive, National Skills Academy for Power and Energy & Utility Skills
  • Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Energy and Climate Change Select Committee
  • Lord Martin O’Neill, Chairman, SmartGrid GB (event chair)

Contact Details

For more information about the Power 2020 series, please contact Connect Conferences:

Telephone 020 7592 9490

Email power2020@connectpa.co.uk

Post Third Floor, Millbank Tower, London, SW1P 4QP

Who Attends

Power 2020 secures an audience of key industry influencers, political decision makers, trade bodies and consumer bodies with an interest in the in the sector. We also generate attendance from Ministers and Shadow Ministers, MPs and Peers interested in the sector and senior academics.

We have keynote contributions from other leading voices such as:

  • Parliamentarians
  • Senior industry representatives
  • Senior figures from the regulators
  • Investors
  • Trade bodies, representative organizations and consumer bodies
  • Academics
  • Trade unions
  • Industry commentators

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Date & Time

Date: Tuesday 17 June 2014

Time: 17.30 - 19.00

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 by 2030?
  • 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
Houses of Parliament