21-22 September 2021 | Radisson Blu, London



 - 08:45
Registration & Refreshments
 - 09:05
KEYNOTE: Powering Up for the Future: The Electrification of Everything

How will the power sector deal with the electrification of everything in the future? How will key energy players cope with the move to electrification and increased demand, and what technologies and digitalization strategies are needed to enable this? This session will cover electrification of the industry, EV fleets and increasing penetration of renewable technologies which are paving the way.

 - 10:00
KEYNOTE PANEL: Transition in a New Era and Building for the Future
  • How has lockdown impacted future planning for networks, grid operators and utilities? How will the transition be further shaped by shifts in the economy?
  • The changing landscape in demand and supply for consumers throughout the pandemic, how networks are tackling this and preparing for a post-lockdown economy
  • Dealing with the move away from cities and the effect on the power industry
  • Private sector leadership on how to make the transition attractive for utilities and legacy energy companies
Beatriz Crisóstomo Merino
, Head of Innovation Management
, Iberdrola
Ernesto Ciorra
, Chief Innovability Officer
, Enel Group
Kareen Boutonnat
, CEO of Europe & International
, Lightsource BP
Tema Benhalima-Bouville
, Head of Strategy & Transformation
 - 10:30

Please get in touch with Paul Collinson, pcollinson@solarmedia.co.uk for more information.

 - 11:15
KEYNOTE PANEL: The Transition for DSOs: Connecting Networks & Accelerating Decarbonisation

The roles and responsibilities of DNOs and DSOs globally are changing, and many are adopting strategies specific to the transition to keep up. With an expected boost of billions of Euros into the industry, to reactivate and accelerate the development of European value chains, where assets will be significantly subsidized (in some countries even given for free), will they be able to connect everything that’s coming at them?

  • Where are the main areas of focus for DSO investments and strategies? – Digitisation programmes, connecting grid-edge technologies and engaging with consumers
  • Upcoming challenges for DSOs around accelerated decarbonization due to the Green Recovery Fund
  • Digitalisation strategies in place to ensure the continued uptake of digital solutions for networks
  • Reviewing market design to provide adequate regulatory framework
Graham Campbell
, Head of Distribution System Operations
, SP Energy Networks
Luis Arturo Hernández Salmerón
, Head of Energy Communities and Networks
, E.ON Innovation
Roberto Zangrandi
, Secretary General
 - 12:00
Networking Break

We have missed networking just as much as you have and can’t wait to have some real human contact with the industry again! Use this time to catch up with industry peers or go and visit our exhibition booths in the main hall.



 - 12:45
PANEL: Weathering the Storm: Ensuring Network Reliability

As we experience more network constraints globally, pressure is on the transmission and distribution networks to ensure a smarter, more reliable grid for years to come. The smart integration of renewable energy with the grid is the key, but also the challenge of a generation.

  • How can networks use technology to enhance, automate and connect the existing grid?
  • Making the network more intelligent through increased connectivity and use of IoT platforms in order to communicate with other parts of the grid
  • Solutions such as smart metering, sensors, EV infrastructure and distributed renewables as the key to ensuring better observability and control of the grid now and for the future
Paulo Monteiro
, Head of Technology & Innovation
Sotiris Georgiopoulos
, Head of Smart Grid Development
, UK Power Networks
Stewart Reid
, Head of Future Networks
 - 12:45
PANEL: Long-Term Resiliency: How Can Asset Owners Make Digital Operations Self-Sustaining?

A growing challenge for utilities and asset owners is enhancing long-term resiliency and obtaining real-time data, so they can make informed decisions on behalf of their customers and simultaneously increase the life-span of their generation assets.

  • How can technology transform operational challenges in the renewable era into an opportunity?
  • Optimisation and maximising value when renewable assets are in operation
  • How should we go about securely transitioning the utility business model to remain resilient using technologies such as IoT, AI and cloud services?
  • Creating proof of concept and adding value with technology
Oliver Abell
, Head of Digital Ventures
, SSE Renewables
Sara Kayal
, Global Head of PV Integration
, Lightsource BP
 - 13:15
CASE STUDY: What Can We Learn from the European Smart Meter Rollout?

Smart meter rollouts across Europe are in full swing. This session will address some of the challenges and successes of these campaigns.

  • The requirement for networks to find specific and interoperable solutions offering more than just metering and billing, but also fraud detection, power losses and customer data to inform decisions
  • The urgent need for smart meters installed at end-user level, assisting energy communities in becoming active stakeholders of the smart grid and making networks more digital
  • What key takeaways can be shared from successful rollouts to help with subsequent campaigns?
 - 13:15
SPONSORED PRESENTATION: Solutions for a Smarter Utility of the Future

What do asset owners, networks and utilities really need to know to be ahead of the curve and create the best future utility possible?

  • What will consumers want from utilities in the future?
  • What value-added services can utilities provide such as EV charging, Energy-as-a-Service
  • How digital platforms, automated operations, smart networks and Energy Management Systems hold the key to this challenge

Please get in touch with Paul Collinson, pcollinson@solarmedia.co.uk for more information on how to get involved in this session.

 - 14:45
Lunch & Networking



 - 15:30
PANEL: Are UK Network Strategies Fit For Purpose?

Digitalisation and futureproofing are key for networks across the world, but the UK DNOs are steaming ahead with future planning and setting rules and standards for the next 5 years to ensure that targets are met. This session will examine whether the current strategies are fit for purpose, and where they need to get to if not.

  • What does ‘digital’ mean to the networks, and how are they ensuring that their intentions from the RIIO2 strategies translate into real-life benefits?
  • How do networks plan on making digital inclusion work for everyone?
  • What happens to the data they capture through the rollout of sensors, IoT platforms and how will it be used efficiently and ethically?
Jonathan Berry
, Head of Data & Digitalisation
, Western Power Distribution
Laurence Carpanini
, Independent Energy Industry Expert
Senior Representative
, Northern Powergrid
 - 15:20
JOINT CASE STUDY : Connecting the Dots: Asset Management for Smart Network Management

Connecting customers and creating a smart network on the Isle of Man.

Richard Wiles
, Vice President Sales, UK & Ireland
, Trilliant
 - 15:45
Networking Break

We have missed networking just as much as you have and can’t wait to have some real human contact with the industry again! Use this time to catch up with industry peers or go and visit our exhibition booths in the main hall.

 - 15:45
Networking Break

We have missed networking just as much as you have and can’t wait to have some real human contact with the industry again! Use this time to catch up with industry peers or go and visit our exhibition booths in the main hall.



 - 16:15
PRESENTATION: From The Smith Institute
 - 17:00
PANEL: Enhancing Data & Collaboration for an Interconnected Electricity Market

Exchange and interoperability of data is a very prevalent topic, and as such poses a challenge on best practice and how to make the most of available data to accelerate the transition in a collaborative way.

  • Making data 'open' - what does this really mean and how should the industry go about debunking myths around open data?
  • How can we ensure that all streams of data flow are being shared in a way that is accessible to consumers and all parts of the value chain?
  • What is being done at the regulatory level to standardise processes and move towards a more finetuned system when it comes to data?
  • What can we learn from other industries like Open Banking and FinTech?
Gavin Starks
, Founder
, Icebreaker One
Josh D'Addario
, Senior Consultant
, The Open Data Institute
Simon Pearson
, Business Leader for Digital & Data
, Energy Systems Catapult (ESC)
Teodora Kaneva
, Programme Manager, Smart Infrastructure & Systems (Smart Energy & Utilities, Transport)
, TechUK
 - 17:45
PANEL: Will Data Centres Become the 'Fourth Utility' of the Future?

The world runs on data, therefore the data centre of the future needs to be decarbonised. In our increasingly digital world, these facilities play a much more important role than they used to, and this is predicted to keep on growing.

  • The importance of decarbonising data centre infrastructure and increasing efficiency
  • Data centres’ positioning at the intersection of energy efficiency, renewable energy and a data economy enabled by digitalisation
  • Partnering with ‘green’ utilities in order to ensure the power supply is clean from the get-go
  • The importance of regulating data centres’ energy usage
John Booth
, Consultant
, Carbon3IT
Sean Ratka
, Associate Programme Officer - Office of the Director, Innovation and Technology
, International Renewable Energy Agency
 - 16:45
SPONSORED PRESENTATION: Cybersecurity: De-Risking Energy Systems of the Future

How can we ensure that data privacies aren’t infringed on, and cybersecurity and hacking doesn’t become more of a problem than the industry can handle?

  • How to address cybersecurity vulnerabilities
  • Tools to ready the industry for threats to the power and gas industry
 - 17:30
PANEL: Behind the Firewall: The Evolution of Cybersecurity in the Utility Industry

Hacking and cyber-threats pose a huge problem for a utility sector under constant transformation and digitalisation. What can the sector do to protect itself and its customers?

  • How can we enhance our collective defence in terms of cybersecurity and work collaboratively as an industry?
  • What solutions can security companies offer to ease the worries for utilities?
  • The standardization of cybersecurity protocols for the industry
  • What needs to happen from a regulatory perspective to ensure that increasing frequency of signals and the move towards a smart grid doesn’t have a detrimental effect on the industry?
Eric Meyers
, Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer
, New York Power Authority
Stuart Okin
, Head of Security Privacy & Resilience
, Ofgem
 - 19:00
Networking Drinks & Quiz

We can’t express how excited we are to be able to spend some time after the event catching up with old industry friends, meeting new ones and having a few drinks. We are all sick and tired of ‘virtual networking’ and very much looking forward to the real thing!