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4th December – Cardiff
Priorities for Energy Policy



Priorities for energy policy: Ensuring a flexible grid network, renewables and the evolving role of local authorities


This seminar will bring together policymakers with key stakeholders to discuss priorities for energy policy in Wales – including progress on the Welsh Government’s key long term targets on community ownership and increasing the percentage of renewables in the energy supply.

Delegates will discuss the policy framework and industry-led innovations that are required, in order to increase the proportion of energy generated from renewables, in light of the Welsh Government target of sourcing 70% of Wales’ energy requirements from renewable energy sources by 2030.

They will assess the steps that might be taken to develop the flexible grid network needed to underpin this transition – including potential opportunities for expanding energy storage capacity in Wales in order to overcome issues around intermittency and ways to decarbonise transport.

Planned sessions will also look at the evolving role of local authorities in energy projects, and the challenges for increasing community engagement in, and ownership of, energy supply and generation – in line with Government priorities.

The seminar will also provide an opportunity to consider the future of the regulatory framework, and bring out key themes in Ofgem’s consultation on the proposed changes to the RIIO-2 framework – which focus on price controls, approaches to finance, stakeholder engagement in the business planning process and performance incentive mechanisms – as well as looking at potential challenges ahead for implementation.

Guest of Honour:

Lesley Griffiths AM
Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Welsh Government.


  • Steven Edwards
    Director of Regulation and Commercial, Wales & West Utilities
  • Professor Wade Allison
    University of Oxford
  • Henry Dixon
    North Wales Tidal Energy
  • Steven Edwards
    SP Energy Networks
  • Ross Fairley
    Burges Salmon
  • Abid Kazim
    NextEnergy Capital
  • Robert Proctor
    Community Energy Wales
  • Hêdd Roberts
    National Grid
  • Dr Nina Skorupska
    Renewable Energy Association

Senior speakers confirmed from The Green Valleys and Western Power Distribution.


This seminar will present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties,. Places have been reserved by officials from the The Planning Inspectorate; The Planning Inspectorate for Wales and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Clarke Willmott; Dwr Cymru; Tata Steel; Torfaen Friends of the Earth; University of Oxford and Viridor.

Cost:£230 + VAT
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WHEN:4th December 2018 – 9am – 1pm (registration from 8.30am)