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Co-location with Utility Week Live

The cross-over between utility suppliers and demand-side business users is growing all the time, with rapid changes in areas such as:

  • Distributed power generation and the grid
  • Demand response and energy storage
  • The opening of the non-domestic water retail market and the role of energy brokers

edie Live is co-located with Utility Week Live – the essential show for engineers and senior managers delivering essential services of water, gas and electricity.  With a carefully coordinated programme of seminar content running across both shows, the co-location creates a single destination for visitors to explore the opportunities and challenges these changes present.

Half of the visitors to edie Live 2016 also attended Utility Week Live.

Utility Week Live: Seminar highlights

Day 1 - Customer Solutions Theatre

11:15 - 12:30

Transformation in action

Transformation is key to utilities survival in today’s challenging environment. The audiences of Utility Week Live’s sister brands, Utility Week, WWT, WET News and Network, have voted for the top ten technologies transforming their industries – and this session will showcase some of the best, with cutting edge technology solutions, game changing IT developments and engineering breakthroughs that will transform roles and organisations.

Evo Stefanov, managing partner - Methodia

Mathew Beech, insights editor - Utility Week

Day 2 - Customer Solutions Theatre

09:45 - 11:15

Smart metering and business transformation

The industry faces huge challenges in delivering 53 million smart meters by 2020 - it has been calculated that 1 million meters need to be installed per month until 2020, to hit this target. This seminar will explore the current position and the challenges ahead.

Nicola Eaton Sawford, director - Customer Whisperer

Alistair Gibbons, director of finance and operations - Smart Energy GB

Amy Marshall, director, power and utilities - KPMG

Audrey Gallacher, director of retail energy supply - Energy UK

 

14.30 - 15.45

Meeting the expectations of the connected customer

In a world where technology, data and innovation are changing the way utilities interact with customers, how can utilities better understand their customers and their expectations. This seminar will explore how customers consume energy, how future homes will change householders relationship with energy and how utilities can best communicate with ‘connected’ customers, to improve service and customer satisfaction.

Andrew Haslett, Chief Engineer - Energy Technology Institute

Gerhard Heide, director, global market strategy - Pitney Bowes

Matthew Lipson, head of consumer insight - Energy Systems Catapult

Stephen Murray, energy commercial manager - Moneysupermarket.com

Day 1 - Transformation Addresses

14:15 - 15:00

Workforce renewal and skills strategy: in conversation with industry leaders

The energy and utilities sector provides essential services to over 65 million customers in the UK every day. Over half of the Government’s National Infrastructure Delivery Plan (NIDP) is attributed this sector. To deliver this infrastructure safely, effectively and at a sustainable cost will require an exceptionally skilled and substantial workforce.  With increasing pressures of an ageing workforce, competition for core skills, growing complexity within roles, rapidly changing technology, rising labour costs, and ongoing difficulties in attracting sufficient new and young people the delivery of the industry’s responsibilities is at risk.  In this session industry leaders will discuss a collaborative skills strategy which will address these varied challenges to deliver change and retain the talent, bring new investment to skills development, promote the easier movement of accredited workers, increase diversity and improve resilience.

Chairperson

Ellen Bennett, editor, Utility Week and content director, Utility Week Live - Faversham House

Speakers

Chris Degg, hr director - UK Power Networks

Nick Ellins, chief executive - EUSkills

 

15:15 - 16:00

Skills and capacity - the role of utility partnerships in achieving universal access to water and sanitation

Goal 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals commits nations to ‘Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all’. This session will examine how water utilities across the world can work in partnership to address their gaps in skills and capacity and ensure that Goal 6 is achieved.

Moderator: Dr Rob Fuller, Water Sector Advisor, WaterAid

Panel:
Pritha Hariram, Water Supply & Sanitation Services Manager, International Water Association

Faraj El-Awar, Head, Global Water Operators Partnership Alliance/UN Habitat

Sarah Lund, Head of Strategy and Sustainability, Yorkshire Water

Confirmed speaker from WaterAid

Day 1 - Innovation Theatre

09:45 - 11:15

Isle Utilities: The Big Water Pitch: Water Innovation Competition

The Isle Innovation Competition will feature exciting and innovative technologies from within the Innovation Pavilion. This high-octane competition will see these companies pitch for 5 minutes in front of a panel of distinguished industry judges. The winner will receive an award along with the accolade of having been the most innovative technology at the Innovation Pavilion

 

13:45 - 15:15

Energy Innovation Centre: The Big Energy Pitch

This session will discover the latest innovations and technologies which could help transform and meet the challenges of the gas, electricity and renewables sector.   In this session 5 SMEs will present their innovations to an expert judging panel who will scrutinize their pitches and quiz the candidates.  The audience and judging panel will then vote for the winning innovation.

Day 2 - Innovation Theatre

09:45 - 11:15

Energy Innovation Centre: The Big Energy Pitch

This session will discover the latest innovations and technologies which could help transform and meet the challenges of the gas, electricity and renewables sector.   In this session 5 SMEs will present their innovations to an expert judging panel who will scrutinize their pitches and quiz the candidates.  The audience and judging panel will then vote for the winning innovation.

 

Isle Utilities: The Big Water Pitch: Water Innovation Competition 2

The Isle Innovation Competition will feature exciting and innovative technologies from within the Innovation Pavilion. This high-octane competition will see these companies pitch for 5 minutes in front of a panel of distinguished industry judges. The winner will receive an award along with the accolade of having been the most innovative technology at the Innovation Pavilion.

Day 1 - Water Wholesale Theatre

12:45 - 14:00

Optimising energy in the water industry

The water sector accounts for 2% of energy used across the UK.  The water sector has a role to play in helping the energy sector increase its flexibility, by operating dynamic processes and assets.  However demand management options must feed into wider operational carbon reduction and energy management strategies.  This seminar will explore the potential for demand side energy management and the associated challenges and constraints alongside the opportunities presented by renewable technology and low carbon approaches.

Chair: Dr Nick Mills, head of waste water innovation, Thames Water

Understanding the challenges faced by the electricity network and the need for flexible operation
Dr Ioana Pisica, institute of energy futures, smart power networks, Brunel University

Understanding the potential for demand side energy management from the water industry
Charlotte Smith, MWH

Case study: demand side energy management in practice
David Hill, director of business development & corporate affairs, Openenergi

Renewable technology – maximising energy potential
Dr Nick Mills, head of waste water innovation, Thames Water 

 

14:15 - 15:30

Transformation in action

Transformation is key to utilities survival in today’s challenging environment. The audiences of Utility Week Live’s sister brands, Utility Week, WWT, WET News and Network, have voted for the top ten technologies transforming their industries – and this session will showcase some of the best, with cutting edge technology solutions, game changing IT developments and engineering breakthroughs that will transform roles and organisations.

Chair: Dr Piers Clark, founder and chairman, Isle Group

Internet of things
Niall Aughney, Intel

Machine learning
Stuart Ravens, Principal Research Analyst, Navigant Research

GIS: driving insight and decision making
Ben Nduva, head of energy and infrastructure, Ordnance Survey

Building Information Modelling
Martin Luff, MWH Global

 

15:45 - 17:00

The circular economy and resource recovery

A changing perception of wastewater being viewed as a valuable resource, rather than something that must be disposed of, has seen an advance in approaches to resource recovery. This case study-led session will review the latest approaches to treatment, and the creation of value by exploring innovative nutrient and organics recovery methods.

Chair: Steve Kaye, head of innovation, Anglian Water

Creating a cross sector approach to a circular economy: the water company’s perspective
Andy Brown, head of sustainability, Anglian Water

Creating an activated carbon media from sludge
Dr Geoff Fowler, research fellow, department safety officer and EWRE laboratory manager, Imperial College London 

Nutrient recovery – closing the loop on the phosphorus cycle
Andrea Gysin, managing director, Europe, Ostara

Day 2 - Water Wholesale Theatre

13:00 - 14:15

Opening the bio-resources market

Commercializing bio-resources though separation is a practical first step to unbundling wholesale service. This seminar will explore the objectives of moving from a regulated to an unregulated market, the opportunities and value presented by regulation changes for water companies and the wider waste to energy market, what this will mean for investment and commercial strategies, where the efficiencies and improved returns lie, and what regulation is required to drive successful separation.

Chair: James Brockett, editor, Water & Wastewater Treatment

The objectives of promoting bio-resources markets
Alison Fergusson, principal engineer, Ofwat

Understanding the opportunities (and value) presented by separation
Rob Harvey, Strategy Manager, Severn Trent

Understanding the market challenges and opportunities
Niki Roach, Director, Uros Consulting

Steve Bungay, Technical Director, Helix Environmental Consultancy

Day 1 - Network Theatre

12:45 - 14:00

The storage revolution

As technology advances and the cost of storage starts to become more competitive this session will explore the implications of the storage revolution, at varying scales, for networks.  What are the findings from the Enhanced Frequency Response trial, and will this lead to the first major commercial deployments of grid scale battery storage?  How are policy and regulation working to remove barriers to deployment and what are the challenges faced by DNOs in terms of operation and connection of storage?

How is domestic level storage advancing?

Chair: Paul Crompton, editor, Network Magazine

The economics and potential impact of battery storage in the GB market
Dr Ben Irons, director and head of commissioned projects, Aurora Energy Research 

Beyond battery storage
Peter Bance, Energy Research Partnership and chief executive, Origami Energy

Exploring the barriers and opportunities presented by storage
Simon Daniel, chief executive, Moxia 

Dan Taylor, managing director, Camborne Energy

James Veaney, Head of Electricity Connections and Constraint Management, Ofgem

Adriana Laguna-Estopier, low carbon technologies manager, UK Power Networks

Martin Cook, head of business development, EBD

Further panelists to be confirmed

Day 2 - Network Theatre

09:45 - 11:15

The electricity system of the future

This seminar will explore a systems approach and potential solutions to the transformative changes required in Britain’s energy system.  What characterizes the changes, how will this impact on the users of the system, and its owners? How can we create a supportive regulatory environment, which will assist change? 

Chair: Simon Harrison, group strategic development manager, Mott MacDonald 

The Future Power Systems Architecture Project (and FPSA2)
Simon Harrison, group strategic development manager, Mott MacDonald

The future of power and the implications of distributed storage, EV and community energy
John Scott, Chiltern Power 

Smart systems consultation
Beth Chaudhary, head of smart energy policy, department for business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Removing institutional barriers for smart systems
Dave Openshaw, director, Millhouse Power 

 

11:30 - 12:45

Routes for decarbonizing heat

Heating our homes accounts for almost 25% of the UK’s carbon emissions.  If the UK is to meet its 2050 carbon reduction targets industry will need to explore new solutions for reducing emissions from heat. This seminar will explore the role and potential of national and local heating infrastructure, examining various options including repurposing the gas grid, electrification of heat and low carbon district heating/heat networks.

Chair: Jonathan Graham, head of policy, The Association for Decentralised Energy 

Overview
Keith MacLean, managing director, Providence Policy 

Renovation of cities using large heat pumps and district heating
Dave Pearson, director, Star Renewable Energy 

SGN’s Hydrogen 100 project: building the the first 100% hydrogen distribution network in Scotland
Mark Wheeldon , Innovation and New Technology Project Manager, SGN

Smart Systems and Heat Programme
John Batterbee, Head of Technology Strategy & Planning, Energy Systems Catapult

Heat networks: allocating £320 million to creating the right conditions for a self sustaining market
Guy Boulby, Department for Business Enegy and Industrial Strategy  

 

13:00 - 14:15

Transformation in action

Transformation is key to utilities survival in today’s challenging environment. The audiences of Utility Week Live’s sister brands, Utility Week, WWT, WET News and Network, have voted for the top ten technologies transforming their industries – and this session will showcase some of the best, with cutting edge technology solutions, game changing IT developments and engineering breakthroughs that will transform roles and organisations.

Chair: Stewart Reid, head of asset management and innovation, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

Making innovation business as usual
Stewart Reid, head of asset management and innovation, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

Batteries and storage
Simon Innis, Director, VINCI Energies UK & ROI and Managing Director, Omexom UK & ROI

Electric vehicles
Tobi Babalola, low carbon solutions design engineer, UKPN

Demand response
Watson Peat, ScottishPower Energy Networks

 

View the full Utility Week Live agenda at www.utilityweeklive.com

Wow, what a fabulous exhibition!

Business development manager, Matt:E

2017 partners

 

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