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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

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

Elect Your Energy Future

21st August 2014, 18:30 to 20:30, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University, DH1 3LE

Hosted by Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy and Durham Energy Institute at Durham University

A panel of five politicians from the main political parties (including MPs, MEPs and parliamentary candidates) will discuss and debate their parties’ vision of the UK’s energy future. The event will follow a Question Time format with discussions on bridging the growing “energy gap” between supply and demand, regulating the energy market, supporting new energy technology, lowering energy bills, reducing the UK’s carbon footprint and many other issues related to energy policy.

The North East of England is of vast importance to the past, present and future energy landscape of the UK. With the 2015 General Elections now less than a year away, students at the Durham Energy Institute want to create the opportunity for everyone to get involved in a debate about the energy future of the North East and the UK as a whole. The debate will have an audience of 400 members of the public/industry/academia who have submitted questions in advance for the panel. We have also set up a live web-stream for others to follow the debate online. Alongside the debate, the PhD students of the Durham Energy Institute will be on hand to explain and demonstrate emerging energy technologies and answer the public’s energy questions.


James Wharton MP - Conservative
Liam Carr - Labour Party candidate for Hexham
Wendy Taylor - Liberal Democrat Newcastle City Councillor
Jonathan Arnott - UKIP MEP for the North East
Jonathan Elmer - Green Party activist

The speakers will face each other in a 90 minute debate on energy policy with questions from the audience.

Current energy research will also be showcased outside the venue, along with information on different energy technologies.

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