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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

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

Workshop on modelling use in UK Energy Policy

20th January 2016, 11:00 to 17:00, Senate Suite, Castle, Durham University

20 January 2016, 11am to 5pm, Senate Suite, Castle, Durham University

As part of the Institute of Advanced Study Evidence theme (2015/2016) DEI is leading on a programme of events focused on Science and modelling in public and commercial policy. This workshop, the first event in the programme, will explore the role that quantitative modelling has had in UK energy policy

It will explore how modelling has been used to support UK energy policy, how these models are interpreted by policy decision makers and their support teams, and the implications of these processes and structures for energy policy. Ultimately the workshop will explore whether there are opportunities for modelling and science be used more robustly in the policy process.

Confirmed key speakers:

  • Paddy Teahon (Energy Strategy Implementation Consultant at University College Dublin, previously Department of the Taoiseach, Irish Civil Service and Honorary President of the Irish Wind Energy Association) will discuss high level decision making in energy policy
  • Duncan Rimmer (Demand & Generation Forecasting Manager, National Grid) will discuss the use of technical modelling in the Electricity Market Reform and UK Energy Scenarios.
  • Professor Jim Skea (Chair in Sustainable Energy, Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College Research and RCUK Energy Strategy Fellow, formerly Research Director UKERC) will discuss the interpretation of modelling results for policy and decision-making.

For maximum productivity the workshop will be limited in size, and those wanting to attend and/or participate are asked to contact Lynn Gibson on

Download the programme for the event.