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DEI and Prospect roundtable event on The Future of the UK Energy Mix

(6 February 2013)

Prospect Magazine

Prof Richard Davies of the DEI will be co-hosting a breakfast roundtable attended by the Rt Hon Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on the 11th February. The focus of the breakfast event will be ‘The Future of the UK Energy Mix’,and will seek to engender debate between energy companies, academic experts and of course DECC regarding all the relevant energy platforms including oil & gas, solar power, wind, tidal and nuclear.

Prof Richard Davies of the DEI will be co-hosting a breakfast roundtable attended by the Rt Hon Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on the 11th February. The focus of the breakfast event will be ‘The Future of the UK Energy Mix’,and will seek to engender debate between energy companies, academic experts and of course DECC regarding all the relevant energy platforms including oil & gas, solar power, wind, tidal and nuclear.

The event will be chaired by Bronwen Maddox, Editor of Prospect Magazine and is the first of a series of high level events organised jointly by the DEI and Prospect.

Professor Richard Davies and Prof Jon Gluyas (Professor in Carbon Capture and Storage and Geo-Energy, DEI) will be representing the DEI at the discussion. Other participants include:

  • Sir David King;
  • Chris Finlayson - CEO, BG Group;
  • Laurence Carpanini – Director, Smart Metering and Smart Grids, IBM UK;
  • Tim Cornelius – CEO, Atlantis;
  • Professor Michael Jefferson – former Deputy Secretary for the World Energy Council; Angela Knight, Chief Executive, Energy UK.
  • Professor Dame Julia King – Vice Chancellor Aston University
  • David Odling – Director, Oil & Gas UK
  • Paul Spence – Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs, EDF Energy
  • Will Straw – Associate Director for Globalisation & Climate Change, IPPR
  • David Williams – CEO, Eco2

The proposed themes for roundtable discussion are:

  • The financial viability of the UK energy plan
  • The “Dash for Gas” and its contribution to carbon emission reduction targets and energy security.
  • Does the UK have adequate resources to deliver the planned energy infrastructure?
  • The inevitable move to renewable resource and how that needs to be balanced against what is deemed cost effective now.
  • Can the UK energy infrastructure cope?- Post 2023 when 10 Nuclear station are decommissioned, where is the extra power going to come from to fulfil the growing populations’ energy needs?
  • The UK is moving toward fuel poverty for over 9 million households. Is recycling carbon tax the answer or do energy companies have a corporate responsibility to engage with this issue?
  • Is the 2030 decarbonisation plan realistic?
  • Plans for the next two years of government and beyond.