Thursday 12 November
We are expecting Ofgem to publish it’s minded-to decision on their Access and Forward-Looking Charges Significant Code Review (SCR) within weeks.
Regen has been following the process since it’s inception in 2017. The new proposals to be set out in Ofgem’s minded-to decision could result in significant changes and big implications on the way electricity network customers pay for the networks.
We are likely to see winners and losers as a result of the charging decisions (including distributed renewable energy generators), however, other elements of the review, such as the distribution connection boundary, could be an important step forward towards a new era of electrification and renewable energy generation.
The event will hear from leading industry players and policy makers to discuss the implications of the SCR on network customers and crucially how it does or doesn’t support the net-zero and decarbonisation.
Poppy Maltby, senior project manager at Regen, highlights some of the big questions to look out for in her blog, ‘Access Significant Code Review: a damp squib or heralding a new era of decarbonisation?‘
We will be joined by:
- Graham Campbell, head of Distribution System Operations, SP Energy Networks
- Jon Parker, head of electricity network access, Ofgem
- Robyn Lucas, head of data science, Open Energi
- Paul Hewett, chief executive, Belltown Power UK
Graham is leading the transition to the smart flexible network of the future by realising SPEN’s ambition of becoming a DSO. This transformation of the distribution system is essential to facilitating the electrification of heat and transport and the connection of low carbon generation. These are critical to realising the UK Government’s net-zero targets and to deliver a better future, quicker for all. To enable this increasingly electrified low carbon future, SPEN will facilitate the growth in demand and supply from low carbon technologies by becoming a DSO, ensuring its customers gain flexible access to the electricity distribution system. A respected leader with over 15 years’ experience in the electricity sector, Graham has held number of senior leadership roles within SPEN, mainly in operational engineering areas. Graham joined SPEN in 2002, having studied a Masters Degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. In November, Graham will graduate with an MBA in Global Energy, through both the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and Comillas University in Madrid.
Jon is Head of Electricity Network Access project at Ofgem, and leads on for the Significant Code Review of Electricity Network Access and Forward-looking charges and the framework for connections to the electricity network. He has previously led work on improving the integrated planning of the transmission network, separating the system operator from National Grid’s TO business and developing Ofgem’s strategy for regulating the future energy system in 2017.
Robyn is a head of data science at Open Energi. She works on demand-side flexibility in the UK electricity network; modelling, forecasting and optimizing the usage and performance of a variety of electrical loads and enabling customers to intelligently control their electricity consumption. Prior to Open Energi she worked for a technology consultancy, helping clients make the best use of their data. Robyn graduated from Imperial College London in 2015 with a PhD in Physics, during which she worked on one of the experiments at the CERN LHC.
Paul is CEO of Belltown Power UK and heads up all of Belltown’s new UK activities. Paul has been at Belltown since it’s foundation in 2013. He acted initially as an Investment Director leading investments across wind, solar and hydro, then for two years as Managing Director of the group and since 2020 as CEO of Belltown Power UK, fully focussed on developing new projects across the UK and Europe. Paul has built experience across multiple technologies, multiple geographies and across the full renewable energy project lifecycle. Prior to Belltown, Paul worked at the Boston Consulting Group, primarily in the Private Equity and Energy practice areas. Paul holds an MBA from Berkeley-Haas School of Business, graduating with honors, and an MA in Mathematics from The University of Edinburgh, graduating top of class.