Heat & Decentralised Energy


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Opening plenary | The industry vision

Chair: Louise Kingham OBE FEI, CEO of the Energy Institute

Ministerial address: Claire Perry MP, Climate Change and Industry Minister, BEIS (invited)

Keynote address: Phil Gilbert, Director of Solutions, E.ON UK | Read biography


Session 1A: Policy Push

With rapid change, policymakers and regulators need to provide clear investment signals but also create space for innovation. This session will look at the policy landscape in heat, power and buildings and help you understand the challenges faced and how it may affect your operations

Chair: Judith Ward, Associate, Sustainability First

The view from the regulator: Maxine Frerk, Director, Grid Edge Policy

The view from BEIS: Emma Floyd, Project Director, Heat Networks Investment Project, BEIS

The view from the grassroots: Dr Sarah Cary, Executive Director - Place, Enfield Council (invited)


Session 2A: Infrastructure Change

New networks and upgrades are central to our future energy system, but these are long term and risk being overtaken by other sector innovations during their lifetime. In this session we explore how infrastructure development can capture and enable the opportunities of innovation, and avoid the risks of white elephant projects.

Chair: Jo Butlin, CEO, EnergyBridge

National infrastructure transformation: Katie Black, Director of Policy, National Infrastructure Commission

Power infrastructure: Lynne McDonald, Programme Manager - DSO Readiness, UK Power Networks (invited)

Electric vehicle infrastructure: Hannah Collishaw, Director, E.ON Drive UK


Session 3A: Customer Pull

One of the biggest changes in energy is that the customers themselves are now driving change. From onsite generation to electric vehicles and demand response. So what do our customers want? How do we balance the customer opportunity to participate with the growing complexity of the system? 

Chair: TBC

What’s the customer demand? Matthew Lipson, Head of Consumer Insight, Energy Systems Catapult

A customer view: TBC



Exhibition, networking and coffee


Session 1B: Rate of Change - an Interactive Glossary

A fast and furious whistle-stop tour through some of the technologies, innovations and ideas which are shaping our sector. What’s coming and what does it all mean?

Chair: TBC


JoJo Hubbard, Co-Founder and COO, Electron

Casey Cole, Managing Director, Guru Systems Read biography

Caroline Bragg, Senior Policy Manager, The ADE


Session 2B: Warming up: perspectives on heat infrastructure

By 2050, up to 24% of our homes will be on a heat network.  But what changes need to happen to get us there – and is gas the answer?

Chair: Lily Frencham, Senior Policy Manager, The ADE

The role of heat: Astrid Madsen, City of Rotterdam (invited)

The role of gas: Chris Clarke, Energy Strategy Director, Wales and West Utilities (invited)

The role of electrification: Barny Evans, Head of Sustainable Places, Energy and Waste, WSP


Session 3B: Responding to the customer pull

The energy sector is already transforming from selling kilowatt hours to bring services and solutions that are built around customer insight and need. Hear from businesses that are changing the relationship between the energy industry and its customers.

Chair: Liz Warren, Director, SE2


Octopus Energy (TBC)

Maria McKavanagh, COO, Verv (invited)

Christian Engelke, Director, Viessman (invited)

Kurt Marlein, R&D Program Manager, Comsof (invited)


Exhibtion, networking and lunch


Responding to the rate of change: what it means for you, your business and your customers

Guest speaker: Rocio Lorenzo, Partner, The Boston Consulting Group (invited)


Exhibtion, networking and coffee


The Interview

John Moylan interviews Chris Stark, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change


Closing remarks: Dr Tim Rotheray, Director, The Association for Decentralised Energy | Read biography


Conference close and drinks reception

Following the Conference, we are delighted to invite you to enjoy drinks and canapes - a great chance to catch up with old friends, build new relationships


Phil Gilbert

Phil Gilbert

Director of Solutions Sales, E.ON UK

Phil Gilbert is Director of Solutions Sales at E.ON UK and is responsible for the introduction of energy solutions activities for business customers. With 15 years of experience in the energy industry, Phil leads his team in offering businesses expert advice and a wide range of solutions and technologies. These are designed to help businesses, both large and small, improve their competitive performance and capitalise on greater energy efficiency

Phil is passionate about driving new growth and business development. He is able to draw on a wealth of experience in the energy industry from his past roles, including working in trading, renewables, new technology, Combined Heat and Power and biomass, to show businesses that E.ON are more than just an energy supplier.

Dr Tim Rotheray

Dr Tim Rotheray

Director, ADE

Tim was appointed Director of the ADE in August 2013 having previously led the team as Head of Policy and Communications. Tim is responsible for the development and implementation of the Association’s vision for the energy system and oversees the Association’s strategic relationships with members, government, regulators and wider stakeholders. 

Tim joined the ADE as policy manager at the beginning of 2010 from the Micropower Council where he also held a policy role. During his time in the sustainable energy sector, Tim has also worked for the National Assembly for Wales where he researched the renewable energy potential and barriers in Wales. 

In his role as board member Tim provides strategic direction to the sector's European trade representatives Euroheat and Power and Cogen Europe while also contributing to Government's district heating and Renewable Heat Incentive industry groups, and the CBI's energy policy committee.

Casey Cole

Casey Cole

Managing Director, Guru Systems

Having worked for more than 15 years in low-carbon energy, Casey Cole has in-depth experience of making sustainability work in practice: technically, commercially and legally. He co-founded Guru Systems in 2012 in response to the lack of smart metering and monitoring systems for decentralised energy networks. In November 2015, Casey was named Chair of the Board at Heat Trust, the customer protection scheme that sets out a common standard of quality and protection for the supply of heat on onsite energy networks.

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