Future of Utilities Smart Energy Inverse

The Guoman Tower Hotel | London | 7 November 22

 

Setting out a smarter route to net zero for energy retail, grids and metering

Future of Utilities is uniting the brightest minds in energy retail to set out a smarter future for networks, customer experience, operations and business strategies.

 

With the sector reeling from a global energy crisis and still building back from the pandemic, the route to Net Zero has never been more complex. Now is the time to rewrite your strategies, restructure transformation agendas and reset the short-term milestones needed to get to 2050 with network flexibility, digitalised CX, smart meters, customer engagement and EV product offerings.

“Smart Energy is the must-attend event for utilities. Excellent speakers – informative and entertaining, and really addressing the key topics”

Rebecca Dibb-Simkin
Chief Product Officer, Octopus Energy

March’s Speakers

Brearley Jonathan - Ofgem - Future of Utilities

Jonathan Brearley

Chief Executive, Ofgem

Greg Jackson, Octopus Energy

Greg Jackson

Chief Executive Officer, Octopus Energy

Future of Utilities: Phil Jones, Northern Powergrid - Speaker Headshot

Phil Jones

Chief Executive Officer, Northern Powergrid

Chris Lovatt

Chief Operating Officer – Energy Infrastructure Services, E.ON UK

Future of Utilities - Lauren Lewis

Lauren Lewis

Director of Business Change and Transformation, OVO Energy

Rebeacca-Sedler, EDF Energy

Rebecca Sedler

Commercial Director, National Grid

Future of Utilities: Fran Woodward, Good Energy Speaker Headshot

Fran Woodward

Chief Operating Officer, Good Energy

Future of Utilities: Louise Walsh, Utilita - Speaker Headshot

Louise Walsh

Chief Customer Contact Officer, Utilita Energy

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Collaborate throughout disruption

Reflect, discuss and set out solutions with other innovators while assessing the impact of the recent price crisis and the milestones needed to reach Net Zero.

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Expand your network

Nothing beats meeting face-to-face, so take the time to make meaningful connections that will drive your transformation agenda.

Be inspired by the experts

Let new strategies be formed before you in thought-provoking panel discussions and hear the latest strategic direction from industry-leading CEOs.

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March’s Hot Topics

Rethinking net zero

Rethinking Net Zero

From Net Zero behaviour changes and the impact of the energy crisis to the profitability question, hear the experts share their thoughts on the future of the utility-customer relationship.

Smart meters & smart tariffs

Smart meters and smart tariffs

Rethink strategies for targeting hard to reach people and properties, and work towards a more data-driven future for smart meters and tariff structures.

Network flexibility

Accelerating network flexibility

Explore the next steps for grid digitalisation, what skills may be needed to fuel this change and how the transition from network to service operator is laying the foundations for a more complex and green energy future.

Decarbonising transport and heat

Requiring huge transformation across industries and sectors, hear what energy experts have to say, including where innovation is most needed and how to bring the customer with you on this change.

Green skills, strategies & operations

Green skills, strategies and operations

With Net Zero on the horizon and the massive impact of digitalisation, Brexit and the pandemic still playing out, hear how you can rethink strategies to deliver the long-term skills and jobs needed across the sector.

Engaging the customer in net zero

Engaging the customer in net zero

How do you bring the customer with you on the monumental journey ahead and ensure a just and fair transition for all? Hear how experts from across the sector are tackling these critical issues and more.

“Future of Utilities Smart Energy conference brought together senior influencers and decision makers across the utility space to discuss how technology is transforming energy. The combination of insightful speakers with real-world experience and an engaged, knowledgeable audience created opportunities for valuable conversations and networking. I look forward to participating again in future.”

David Hill
Commercial Director, Open Engergi

March’s Agenda

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Day 1
Tuesday, 8 March 2022 8 Mar

Day 2
Wednesday, 9 March 2022 9 Mar

Session 1

Thriving in a disrupted energy future

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09.30

Keynote

Transforming the utility-customer relationship in the face of market disruption

The pressures of the recent energy price crisis have been felt in all corners of the sector, most particularly in customer perceptions of energy supply and the financial implications for suppliers. Looking out on the huge customer behaviour change and business transformation needed to reach Net Zero, suppliers are faced with the challenge of maintaining a competitive customer proposition while also grappling with the pressure to be as cost-effective as possible. Greg will share Octopus’s experiences of supporting customers through the recent crisis and it’s vision to become a trusted partner for customers’ green transition through clear communication strategies and the development of new tariffs, products and services.


Greg Jackson, Octopus Energy
Greg Jackson

Chief Executive Officer
Octopus Energy

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09.50

Interview

Prioritising resilience, scalability, agility in a net zero future: succeeding in the next era of energy innovation

  • Defining resilience in the new energy future: how far are energy companies meeting this goal and what change can accelerate the journey?
  • How can end-to-end digitalisation be leveraged to boost resilience in the face of increasing dependence on renewable generation?
  • Giants can dance too: how can companies leverage agile operating models at scale to keep up with fast-paced change, market disruption and the pressure of the Net Zero goal?

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Gary Miles

Chief Executive Officer
Gentrack

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10.10

Keynote

Navigating a more complex energy ecosystem: assessing progress and next steps for the DSO transition

Driving performance, efficiency and flexibility from the network to ensure it can meet future energy demands of all types of customers at lower cost is the central ethos of Northern Powergrid’s DSO transition strategy. Phil will share Northern Powergrid’s vision for grid digitalisation in the coming decade, with the EV uptake set to accelerate and more localised micro-generation adding an extra layer of complexity to the energy system.


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Phil Jones

Chief Executive Officer
Northern Powergrid

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10.30

Panel discussion

From supply challenges and market changes to Net Zero: supporting customers during the energy transition

  • What will be the long-term impact of the recent disruption to the market and spike in energy prices?
  • Prioritising milestones for long-term change: how can organisations ensure progress continues despite short-term disruption?
  • Assessing the impact on the customer: what extra support might be needed and how can this fit into the broader support needed to ensure a just and fair green transition?
  • Disruption, decentralisation, digitalisation and decarbonisation: exploring the challenges of navigating an increasingly complex energy ecosystem
  • Preparing for the coming EV boom: where do the most pressing challenges lie and what should be key priorities?
  • Tackling the heat challenge: balancing the need to innovate at pace, support the customer and avoid stranded assets
  • Regulation, policy, industry codes: how might governance and support need to adapt to support the industry through the price crisis and future change?

 


Future of Utilities: Zoisa North-Bond, Octopus Energy Generation
Zoisa North-Bond

Chief Executive Officer
Octopus Energy Generation

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Phil Jones

Chief Executive Officer
Northern Powergrid

Rebeacca-Sedler, EDF Energy
Rebecca Sedler

Commercial Director
National Grid

Future of Utilities: Helen Barrow, Accenture - Speaker Headshot
Helen Barrow

Managing Director
Accenture

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11.00

Keynote

Beyond the supply crisis: a new vision for the energy sector


Brearley Jonathan - Ofgem - Future of Utilities
Jonathan Brearley

Chief Executive
Ofgem

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11.20

Refreshment break

Session 2   |  2 × Streams

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Blue Stage: Serving changing customer groups with speed and care 1
Red Stage: Tackling the next wave of network digitalisation and smart innovation 2

Blue Stage: Serving changing customer groups with speed and care

11.45

Keynote

Next steps to CX success? Achieving a holistic overview of your customer base

In the face of impressive CX in other sectors, today’s energy customer expects seamless, personalised service from their supplier. With the market disruption of recent months and the transfer of customers from defaulting suppliers causing extra pressure, achieving a holistic overview of customer data is more important than ever before. Our speaker will share how their organisation is achieving this by improving both the quality of its data and of the insights that are able to be drawn from the datasets. The speaker will then outline how providing a more personalised customer experience with this tech in place has improved customer loyalty and trust.


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Louise Walsh

Chief Customer Contact Officer
Utilita Energy

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12.05

Interview

Personalising the experience for SMEs and microbusinesses

  • From advice on energy efficiency to flexible tariffs: what makes a compelling, personalised experience for non-domestic customers?
  • Absorbing customers from default suppliers: what new pressures might this bring to CX service levels?
  • Seamless service to inspire long-term loyalty: making it easy to manage energy usage and carbon footprint
  • How do multisite customers present an added challenge and what value-add services can help customers?
  • Electric assets and electric vehicles: finding opportunity in new products and services

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Lee Harrison

Head of Debt and Commercial
Yu Energy

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Panel discussion

Seamless, inclusive, personalised: embedding value at every turn of the customer journey

  • Assessing evolving customer needs and wants: how far has the recent price crisis changed customer expectations for CX?
  • Scaling omnichannel services at speed: how can companies support future change by optimising their data strategy?
  • Onboarding, billing, queries: where have the benefits of automation been felt most keenly by customer and organisation?
  • Leveraging automation for cost-saving and adding real value for the customer: how can this be done well?
  • How is automation most useful in enabling services to scale-up fast in times of high pressure?
  • Making CX innovation as inclusive as possible: what more could be done
  • Towards a more nuanced approach to serving vulnerabilities: how to achieve a thorough oversight of these customer groups, their specific needs and service preferences?
  • Putting data to use to personalise the experience: a key driving force to ensure loyalty and improve customer trust in the face of the green transition?

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Adam Firbank

Communications Experience Manager
British Gas

Ian Curran

Head of Customer Operations
Budget Energy

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Markel Palmsierna

Director of Customer Operations
So Energy

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Red Stage: Tackling the next wave of network digitalisation and smart innovation

11.45

Panel discussion

From management to maintenance and beyond: towards a network-wide digital view

  • How could networks help in managing current and future supply problems in the industry and how might this impact transformation agendas?
  • What updates do core IT systems need before further transformation can be put into action?
  • Making the most of network data: developing data engineering expertise and extending advanced analytics capabilities
  • How might the development of more predictive maintenance models bring about tech challenges and operational opportunities?
  • How might the control centre and workforce need to adapt as part of this transformation?
  • Anticipating changes to industry governance: what might need to change to support an increasingly digitalised energy network?
  • Funding for innovation, collaborative endeavours or policy cues: how can the industry improve its ability to innovate at pace?

Eric Brown, Energy Systems Catapult | Future of Utiltiies
Eric Brown

Chief Technology Officer
Energy Systems Catapult

Kerri-Anne Harrison
Kerry-Anne Harrison

Head of Change Delivery
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

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Robert Hopkin

Managing Director
Accenture

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12.15

Fireside chat

An empowered and upskilled future? Assessing the impact of network digitalisation on the field force

  • From the pandemic and smart networks to non-industry employment trends: how are existing forces impacting the kind of skills needed in the field?
  • Adapting skillsets in anticipation of changing needs: making the most of reskilling or recruitment
  • Getting the right information to the right people: unlocking the potential in platforms and new communication channels

Future of Utilities: Michael Lapper, Cadent Gas
Michael Lapper

Head of Customer Experience
Cadent Gas

Future of Utilities: Michael Alexander, SP Energy Networks
Michael Alexander

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and iDentify Project Lead
SP Energy Networks

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12.55

Lunch

Session 3   |  2 × Streams

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Blue Stage: Developing cutting-edge service offerings alongside tariff innovation 1
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Blue Stage: Developing cutting-edge service offerings alongside tariff innovation

14.10

Fireside chat

Creating compelling propositions for the customer

  • What does a compelling proposition look like for customers, post-energy-crisis?
  • How can companies ensure that new products and services are customer-centric and truly value-add?
  • Evolving lifestyle and home energy management trends on the road to net zero: what new kinds of products and services might this bring about
  • Maximising the value of existing interactions: how can extra products and services be offered at convenient points in the customer journey?
  • Communicating change: how can companies ensure that the message is concise, cohesive and aligns with deliverability?

Future of Utilities - Elvin Nagamootoo
Elvin Nagamootoo

Head of Product - Energy
Shell Energy Retail

Future of Utilities: Sarah Merrick - Ripple Energy
Sarah Merrick

Chief Executive Officer
Ripple Energy

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14.35

Case study

Maintaining consumer trust in green products, tariffs and offerings

Concern about the environment is at record levels amongst UK consumers, with many customers looking to choose green electricity tariffs if possible. Suppliers looking to meet customer expectations here must grapple with the challenge of presenting green products in an accessible manner, ensuring costs and benefits are clearly explained and customers understand how and why the product can be classed as green. Kit will give an insight into how Good Energy are leading the way in this space and boosting customer engagement and confidence in their green offerings. 


Future of Utilities: Kit Dixon, Good Energy
Kit Dixon

Policy and Regulation Manager
Good Energy

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14.55

Interview

Powering real-time billing in a greener energy future: a next-gen approach for both domestic and non-domestic customers

  • Overcoming fragmented systems and legacy processes: how might challenges and solutions evolve as billing becomes a more dynamic process pulling in real-time data?
  • Simplified customer handling, account management and live balances: assessing the benefits of efficient CRM integration
  • Looking towards future innovation in tariffs and energy products: what back-end innovations may be needed to support these developments?

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Adam Walker

UK&I Growth Leader
Itineris

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15.15

Panel discussion

Mapping out the next wave of change for energy tariffs

  • Assessing the impact of the recent price crisis: how have customers expectations for tariffs and bills evolved?
  • How can suppliers continue to offer appealing tariff propositions despite the pressure of high wholesale energy prices?
  • Customer messaging for green tariffs: are companies currently hitting the right notes and what could be changed to encourage uptake?
  • Looking towards a more dynamic and complex future for bills: what level of information do customers need to know and how is this best presented
  • Taking EV tariffs mainstream: how can companies create a compelling proposition for all types of customer?
  • From multi-site challenges to serving electric fleets: what added challenges do non-domestic customers pose for suppliers?
  • Exploring new options for payments and their potential to reduce friction for customers and reduce operational costs for suppliers
  • Whether it’s product development and or tariff innovation: how can companies ensure affordability and inclusion are championed at every stage of this journey?

Future of Utilities - Chris Carberry
Chris Carberry

Smart Solutions Director
Scottish Power

Future of Utilities: Rachel Mills, Citizens Advice
Rachel Mills

Senior Policy Researcher
Citizens Advice

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Charlie Cook

Founder
Rightcharge

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Dan Bates

Chief Executive Officer
Rebel Energy UK

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Red Stage: Making the leap to true grid flexibility: next steps for the sector

14.10

Panel discussion

Becoming a service operator in a smart world: next steps for big change

  • Unlocking the power of a flexible energy system: how have recent events shown that this is more important than ever?
  • Assessing recent and future transformation milestones for grid digitalisation
  • Mapping out the network: how can different data sources be coherently compiled to create a holistic overview of supply and demand
  • Coping with increasing amounts of distributed generation: what challenges will this present to the grid?
  • Maximising the value of customer flexibility: strategies for engaging with the customer and getting necessary tech in place
  • Digging into customer engagement: assessing the role of different industry players and who should be leading the way?
  • What market developments might be needed to help the industry cope with increasing intermittency?

Ben Godfrey - Western Power Distribution
Ben Godfrey

Network Strategy Team Manager
Western Power Distribution

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Amy Weltevreden

Market Requirements Senior Manager
National Grid ESO

Efstathios Mokkas, UK Power Networks | Future of Utilities
Efstathios Mokkas

Energy Markets Lead
UK Power Networks

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14.35

Interview

Tapping into the power of digital platforms to connect and control distributed assets

  • Managing, processing and streamlining network data: what key challenges stand in the way of achieving a network-wide view?
  • Maximising the value of the dashboard: converting large volumes of data into cohesive and relevant information
  • Preparing for demand-side management: next steps for getting the tech in place

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Nigel Allen

Business Development, OT & Cyber
Belcan

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14.55

Case study

The DSO journey at SSEN: challenges, opportunities and lessons learned


Future of Utilities: Andrew-Roper, SSEN
Andrew Roper

Distribution System Operations Director
SSEN

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15.15

Case study

Inside the flexibility journey at SP Energy Networks: developing markets in GB


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Gerard Boyd

Commercial and Innovation Manager
SP Energy Networks

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15.30

Fireside chat

Navigating the cybersecurity challenge: keeping pace with grid digitalisation

  • Protecting data, operational processes and functions: where do the key risk areas lie?
  • Coping with an increasingly complicated market from the growth in distributed resources: how might existing strategies need to be scaled up or adapted?
  • Keeping pace with rules and regulations to continue achieving and retaining compliance: how might this process become more complex with increased digitalisation?

Future of Utilities: Jon Wells, OSGP Alliance
Jon Wells

Chair
OSGP Alliance

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15.50

Refreshment break

Session 4   |  2 × Streams

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Blue Stage: Towards a data-driven future for smart meter innovation 1
Red Stage: Interopability, reliability, affordability: priorities for the EV boom 2

Blue Stage: Towards a data-driven future for smart meter innovation

16.20

Fireside chat

Preparing for retail market-wide half-hourly settlements

  • Preparing for big change: where should transformation efforts be focused in coming years?    
  • Coping with the data boom: overcoming challenges of integrating data with existing CMS and billing platforms 
  • From time of use tariffs to EV charging: towards a data-led approach to steering consumption 
  • What can the domestic market learn from half-hourly settlement success with I&C customers?  

Elizabeth Allkins
Elizabeth Allkins

Head of Policy Analytics
OVO Energy

Mark Meyrick
Mark Meyrick

Head of Smart Grids and PPAs
Ecotricity

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16.40

Fireside chat

From the final mile of the rollout to the coming data explosion: assessing the next steps for smart meters

  • Getting meters on the last few walls: what special strategies might be needed for hard-to-reach people and properties?  
  • How has the recent energy price crisis impacted the rollout?  
  • How could policy or legislation provide the industry extra support to meet the 2025 target?  
  • Developing a cohesive comms strategy across the industry: how can existing messages be adapted to drive the next stage of smart meter engagement?  
  • Coping with higher volumes of smart meter data: what key challenges will arise from this and what are the possible solutions?   
  • Encouraging customer engagement in energy efficiency: putting smart meter data to use to create more accurate bills and develop tariffs  
  • Towards grid flexibility: next steps for visualising, controlling and eventually optimising energy usage in the home 
  • Data privacy concerns in the smart home future: what might energy companies need to consider?

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Matthew Copeland

Head of Policy and Public Affairs
National Energy Action

Future of Utilities: Mike Hewitt, DCC
Mike Hewitt

Chief Technology Officer
DCC

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Red Stage: Interopability, reliability, affordability: priorities for the EV boom

16.20

Panel discussion

From network development to customer support: meeting the coming surge in demand amongst market disruption

  • The journey to 2030: envisioning the trajectory for EV uptake and whether network digitalisation and capacity efforts are aligned with this pace of change  
  • From the petrol shortage to high energy prices: what impact will the energy crisis have on that roadmap?  
  • How can collaboration be improved with industry and non-industry players to ensure a thorough transition across the country? 
  • Coping with the expansion of home chargers and commercial charging infrastructure: what changes to the system may be needed?  
  • How can network operators ensure that there is sufficient grid capacity across different connection points?  
  • What tariff innovation may be needed as technology advances, demand increases and perhaps as wholesale energy prices remain higher than usual?  
  • What new products or services could be developed to make the transition more affordable and inclusive to all types of customer 
  • What new kind of support could be provided by regulation and policy to support the industry and enable future change to be actioned with greater speed?  

Dr Russell Fowler

Senior Project Manager, Decarbonisation of Transport
National Grid

Toby Butler

Managing Director
Ubitricity

Mark Daniels

Director, Commercial, Strategy, and Lighting
E.ON UK

Paul Jewell

System Development Manager
Western Power Distribution

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17.10

End of day and drinks reception

09.30

Chair's opening remarks

Session 5

Stepping up approaches for the Net Zero journey

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09.35

Panel discussion

Informing and supporting customers through the next wave of the green transition

  • Assessing the impact of the energy price crisis on customer behaviours and perceptions: where will changes be felt?  
  • How will this impact the way the sector brings about the customer behaviour changes needed to reach Net Zero?  
  • Ensuring a fair transition for all: how have recent events influenced the messaging needed around the cost to achieve Net Zero?  
  • What might a ‘fair’ cost  of achieving Net Zero look like for different customer groups and how can this be integrated into billing, services and product offerings in light of the recent price crisis?  
  • What lessons can be learned from the non-domestic market in engaging customers and encouraging behavioural change  
  • How can companies ensure fairness and affordability are championed at every stage of the new customer-supplier relationship?  
  • From self-regulation to collaboration with non-industry players: what further support might the industry need in order to maintain this level of service offering for customers?    

Chris Lovatt

Chief Operating Officer – Energy Infrastructure Services
E.ON UK

Future of Utilities - Lauren Lewis
Lauren Lewis

Director of Business Change and Transformation
OVO Energy

Ian Cameron

Head of Customer Service and Innovation
UK Power Networks

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10.05

Interview

Empowering workers and optimising workforce: developing a next-gen field force strategy

  • Empowering front-line workers to make data-driven decisions: getting the right information to the right people
  • From allocating workers to jobs to more accurate data gathering: tapping into the power of mobile apps and digital platforms
  • How can companies leverage these advances for greater efficiencies across the business?

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Paolo Bergamo

Chief Executive Officer
OverIT

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10.25

Keynote

The role of green gases in the path to Net Zero: a DSO perspective

  • Understanding the opportunity of green gases in a decarbonized market: connecting producers to consumers 
  • Mapping out a future for heat and transport: achievements and lessons from France 
  • Encouraging a greater sense of co-ordination at the distribution level: finding a balance between electricity and gas 

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Jean-Marie Gauthey

Head of European Affairs
GRDF

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10.45

Refreshment break

Session 6

Transitioning to a Net Zero economy

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11.35

Keynote

Implementing the Smart Systems and Flexibility plan

Published in 2021, the Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan sets out how the sector will undergo the transformation needed to deliver Net Zero. Priorities include boosting system flexibility by leveraging storage technologies to integrate higher volumes of low carbon power and electrify heat and transport. Sophie’s keynote will give an overview to the strategy, talk through the key delivery points and identify where the sector’s short- and long-term priorities should lie in putting the Plan into action.


Future of Utilities: Sophie Boldon, BEIS
Sophie Boldon

Head of Smart Energy Policy, Electrical Systems
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

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Session 7

Championing a thriving innovation culture across the industry

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11.55

Panel discussion

Collaboration, price signals and regulatory support: efficient pathways for fast-paced change

  • Reflecting on the recent price crisis: how might market conditions need to be developed to boost innovation?
  • What other factors are currently hindering accelerated innovation capabilities?
  • How might behavioural stimuli need to evolve to better facilitate change and create market transformation?
  • What role could industry codes and governance play in encouraging, informing and shaping innovation as part of the green transition?
  • Improving regulatory conditions to enable more flexible innovation at lower cost: what could be done?
  • How could the industry and Ofgem work together to develop a more agile approach to regulation to support the large-scale, fast-paced change needed to reach Net Zero?
  • Innovating on a national scale: creating conditions to ensure the UK maintains it’s position as a global leader in decarbonisation

Future of Utilities: Maria Brucoli, SSE Energy Services
Dr. Maria Brucoli

Head of Research and Strategic Innovation
SSE Energy Solutions

Future of Utilities: Simon Oscroft, So Energy
Simon Oscroft

Co-Founder
So Energy

David Richardson
David Richardson

Head of Innovation for the Strategic Innovation Fund
Innovate UK

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12.25

Lunch

Session 8

Innovation Hub

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13.40

Case study

Open Banking Implementation Entity

Open banking has had a revolutionary impact on the way that customers make payments and interact with their finances. The time has come for these ripples of change to be felt in utilities. Open banking has the potential to increase visibility of emerging debtors, manage payment more proactively and simultaneously realise benefits in cost to serve. Constanza will share some of these benefits and outline the first steps to implementation for utilities.  


Future of Utilities: Constanza Castro Feijóo
Constanza Castro Feijóo

Stakeholder Engagement Manager
Open Banking Implementation Entity

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14.00

Case study

Loop Homes

By accessing energy data direct from the smart meter, Loop is helping customers reduce their impact on the environment by using less energy in the home and shifting to low carbon technologies. Its intuitive app presents smart meter data in a clear and accessible format that helps customers identify clear ways they can become more energy efficient alongside personalised costs and benefits associated with moving to low carbon technologies such as solar and home battery. Steve will give an insight into early customer response and the next steps for the app’s development.  


Future of Utilities: Steve Buckley
Steve Buckley

Head of Product and Data Science
Trust Power

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14.20

Case study

Power Networks Demonstration Care

Established in 2013, the Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) is at the forefront of delivering research and facilitating the acceleration of innovation to address future increasing demand in the whole energy systems space. Join Richard as he gives an insight into the Centre’s research on the requirement to de-risk and validate new systems and what technologies may be most critical to facilitating future innovation activity in whole energy systems.


Future of Utilities - Richard Knight
Richard Knight

Director of Strategy and Technology
PNDC at the University of Strathclyde

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14.40

Refreshment break

Session 9

Tackling the heat challenge

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15.10

Keynote

Assessing the industry’s next steps for achieving Net Zero

With ambitious targets on the horizon, decarbonising heat will be a monumental challenge for the industry. This battle, set to be fought at both a national and local level, will bring about new pressures for players across the sector. Key challenges include how to work closer with community groups to leverage the opportunity of delivery on a local level, how to ensure sufficient financing is in place for both the industry and end-user and how to get the customer engaged in the journey ahead. Join Martin Freer as he shares some key insights and potential solutions for these challenges from a recent policy commission, held in partnership with the CBI.  


Future of Utilities - Professor Martin Freer
Professor Martin Freer

Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute
University of Birmingham

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15.30

Panel discussion

From hydrogen and heat pumps to the built environment: navigating the next decade of change

  • How have recent market trends and policy signals informed industry priorities?  
  • Assessing recent and ongoing trials: how are different parts of the industry exploring this future and what early results are they showing?  
  • Transforming the gas networks: balancing the need to be hydrogen-ready with the need to avoid stranded assets in the future 
  • From increased capacity and connection points to regional variation: what developments are needed on the grid to prepare for the widespread uptake of heat pumps?   
  • Overcoming challenges of the built environment: what different strategies are needed to reach different kinds of home? 
  • Ensuring affordability for all types of customers: what will this look like and how can suppliers ensure minimal disruption? 
  • How important will cross-industry collaboration be to ensure that each customer has the right solution for them?  

Paul Frainer
Paul Frainer

Assistant Director Strategy and Economy
Cambridge City Council

Andrew Musgrave
Andrew Musgrave

Head of Network Strategy
SGN

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Bindi Patel

Head of Customer Experience
Vattenfall Heat UK

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Session 10

A new era for operations and the workforce

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16.00

Fireside chat

From post-pandemic working trends to green skills and jobs: leveraging an evolving workforce on the road to Net Zero   

  • A post-pandemic and digitalised workforce: what long-term working trends are emerging in energy? 
  • Factoring in other national or international trends for the future of work: what impact will these have on the energy workforce?  
  • How can automation be successfully deployed to bring maximum benefit to the employees, teams and organisations?  
  • How can the sector keep pace with the need for green jobs and skills and leverage their development of this as part of the transition?  
  • Leveraging recruitment and reskilling existing staff to unlock new opportunities across the business: how can this be done well? 
  • Towards a more diverse future for the industry: what initiatives can help and what advantages could this bring the sector?  
  • Operational optimisation and becoming a greener business: how can developments to the workforce come together to create a more resilient and agile business?  

Future of Utilities: Fran Woodward, Good Energy Speaker Headshot
Fran Woodward

Chief Operating Officer
Good Energy

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Rachael Parr

Human Resources Director
Electricity North West

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