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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

Find out about some of the previous events held by Durham Energy Institute:

Will the lights really go out – a public debate on one of the UK’s big challenges

6th March 2014, 19:00 to 20:15, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University, DH1 3LE

This public event, jointly hosted by DEI and DONG Energy, will see an expert panel chaired by the BBC’s Chris Jackson, debate whether the lights will go out in the UK in the next decade.

  • Is the current mix of energy sources in the UK right?
  • Will the UK electricity network be able to cope with ever increasing demand?
  • Will the shift towards lower carbon sources bring lower energy security?
  • What is the Government doing to prevent the lights going out?
  • How much will keeping the lights on impact on consumer bills?

These are some of the issues which will be addressed by the panel consisting of Jenny Saunders (Chief Executive, National Energy Action), Benj Sykes (DONG Energy, UK Country Manager) and Janusz Bialek (DONG Energy Professor of Renewable Energy, Durham Energy Institute).

We invite the public to submit their own questions to the panel through the event registration page or via twitter on @DONGEnergyUK using the hashtag: #DurhamEnergyDebate.

This event is FREE, but registration is essential. To reserve your place, please register at Eventbright.

Come join the debate, we want to talk energy!


The fear we might be facing an increased risk of blackouts in the UK began hitting the headlines last year with various studies and energy experts indicating an uncomfortable squeeze in energy reserves. This would have dramatic consequences for the lives of everyone in the UK. Although the government, National Grid and Ofgem are said to be taking coordinated action to address challenges to security of supply there are fears that this will not be enough.


This debate is an opportunity to hear directly from the experts about what the true risks of blackouts are, what solutions we have available to avoid this future and what are the likely impacts on communities and businesses in the UK. It’s also a chance for members of the public to have their say and have their questions and comments answered.

Contact for more information about this event.