Past event

Conference

Powering the Low Carbon Economy

Electricity's role in decarbonizing energy use

1 Mar 2010 - 00:00 to 3 Mar 2010 - 00:00

Chatham House, London

What steps can be taken to decarbonise electricity within a dramatically short timescale?

How will governments and business respond to continued policy uncertainty, post-Copenhagen?
In order to achieve significant emissions cuts, a rapid transformation in the way that power is used, generated and managed is required. This conference will take a clear look at the future of energy use, and the changing role that electricity will have in creating a low carbon future, focusing on:

  • The prospects for energy sector investments in an uncertain policy environment
  • How power systems - generation, networks, and user-technologies - will need to change in order to become less carbon intensive
  • What new technologies are emerging and how quickly they can be developed to scale
  • What constraints exist at a global level
  • What political and policy challenges need to be addressed

 

  • Luis Atienza

    • President
  • Michael Weinhold

    • Chief Technology Officer
  • Greg Barker MP

    • Shadow Minister for Climate Change, UK
  • Bruno Bensasson

    • Head of Economics, Strategy and Sustainable Development Directorate
  • Will Blyth

    • Associate Fellow
  • Jonathan Brearley

    • Director of Energy Strategy and Futures
  • Akanksha Chaurey

    • Director, Decentralized Energy Solutions
  • Pierre-Franck Chevet

    • Director General, Energy and Climate
  • Ed Crooks

    • Energy Editor
  • Paul Dawson

    • Head of Market Design & Regulatory Affairs
  • Nitin Desai

    • Distinguished Fellow
  • Antony Froggatt

    • Senior Research Fellow
  • Nick Gardiner

    • Director, Energy Finance Group
  • Jon Gibbins

    • Professor of Power Plant Engineering and Carbon Capture
  • Michael Grubb

    • Professor of Economics
  • Michael Hogan

    • Programme Director for Power
  • Mark Hopkins

    • Director of International Energy Efficiency
  • Peder Lundquist

    • Deputy Permanent Secretary
  • Lawrence J Makovich

    • Vice President and Senior Advisor
  • Angus McCrone

    • Chief Editor
  • Eddie O'Connor

    • Chief Executive
  • David Pugh

    • Environmental Strategy Manager
  • Keith Redfearn

    • General Manager, EMEA and India
  • Craig Rodine

    • Technical Executive
  • Bernard Sheahan

    • Director, Infrastructure
  • Miguel Gaspar Silva

    • Industry Director Utilities, EMEA
  • Stephan Singer

    • Director, Global Energy Policy
  • Professor Jim Skea OBE

    • Research Director
  • Marc Spitzer

    • Commissioner
  • Jerry Stokes

    • Vice President Strategy and Business Development
  • Langgeng Suwito

    • Director of Low Carbon Investment
  • Kazimierz Szynol

    • Director
  • Peter Taylor

    • Head of Energy Technology Policy Division

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DAY ONE Monday 1 March 2010
9.30am

Session One
Roadmap for long term transition in energy use

  • The post-Copenhagen landscape for energy and the power sector: how will governments and business deal with a longer period of policy uncertainty? What are national and international emissions targets likely to be and how can they be achieved?
  • What an ideal power sector, providing affordable low carbon climate and energy security, would look like
  • How can governments best plan and manage transitions to low-carbon economies to avoid lock-in of high carbon systems?
  • How much electrification is occurring and at what price level?
  • How will governments win public support for policies, planning and prices? How will they reduce energy demand?
  • How can developing economies leapfrog to low carbon development paths whilst meeting energy needs?

Chair
Nick Mabey
Chief Executive
E3G

Keynote Speakers

Luis Atienza (on the record)
President
Red Eléctrica de España

Questions and discussion

Michael Weinhold (on the record)
Chief Technology Officer
Siemens Energy

Questions and discussion

10.40 Refreshments

Speakers
Pierre-Franck Chevet
Director General, Energy and Climate
Ministry of Environment, Energy, Sustainable Development and the Sea (MEEDDM), France

Peder Lundquist
Deputy Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Climate and Energy, Denmark

Antony Froggatt
Senior Research Fellow
Energy, Environment and Development Programme, Chatham House

Michael Hogan
Programme Director for Power
European Climate Foundation

Panel Discussion
Greg Barker MP
Shadow Minister for Climate Change, UK

Pierre-Franck Chevet

Peder Lundquist

Antony Froggatt

Michael Hogan

12.50 Lunch

Session Two
Generation technologies
What needs to change and by when?

Technology Overview

  • Which low carbon technologies will have the most impact on emissions reductions, and where?
  • Which deliver the greatest carbon and energy savings relative to investment, by 2020 and by 2050?
  • Does each country need to pursue all low carbon electricity technologies, or should there be priorities?

Chair
Ed Crooks
Energy Editor
Financial Times

Speaker
Peter Taylor
Head of Energy Technology Policy Division
International Energy Agency

13.55 Questions and discussion

  • What will the roles of existing energy sources be in a carbon neutral future?
  • Which is better, decentralized generation, or large scale new build?
  • How can change be driven within existing systems? Is anything other than incremental change realistic?
  • To what extent will governments fund Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) development? How will this funding affect investment in renewable energy?
  • What regulatory structure is required to ensure that the necessary long term investments are made?
  • End-user technologies: what policies need to be in place?

Speakers
Eddie O'Connor
Chief Executive
Mainstream Renewable Power

Kazimierz Szynol
Director
PKE Group, Poland

Jerry Stokes
Vice President Strategy and Business Development
Suntech Europe

Jon Gibbins
Professor of Power Plant Engineering and Carbon Capture
Institute for Materials and Processes, School of Engineering
University of Edinburgh

Stephan Singer
Director, Global Energy Policy
WWF International

Questions and discussion

15.30 Refreshments

Session Three
Networks and Infrastructure

  • What is the timescale for creating new systems? What are the challenges of driving change in existing systems?
  • The need for baseload: exploding the myth?
    o adapting to variable generation
    o creating capacity and storage
    o balancing
  • The politics of intra-regional grids and supply security
  • Alternative models for developing countries
  • Infrastructure for the electrification of transport
  • End-user and demand response technologies: what policies and market structures need to be in place?

Chair
Professor Jim Skea OBE
Research Director
United Kingdom Energy Research Centre (UKERC)

Speakers
Craig Rodine
Technical Executive
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Akanksha Chaurey
Director, Decentralized Energy Solutions
The Energy Research Institute (TERI), India

Keith Redfearn
General Manager, EMEA and India
Transmission & Distribution
GE Energy

Miguel Gaspar Silva
Industry Director Utilities, EMEA
SAP

David Pugh
Environmental Strategy Manager
Vauxhall Motors

Questions and discussion

End of Day One 5.20pm



DAY TWO Tuesday 2 March 2010
9.30am

Session Four
Markets, Regulatory Structure, and Institutions

Incentives, markets and regulation: what is the best balance?

  • What are the existing policies to scale up low carbon electricity generation and distribution? Are they sufficient?
  • What policy, legal and planning frameworks could stimulate innovation?
  • How should markets best be structured?
  • Are regulators' powers sufficient to drive the necessary change?
  • Making energy efficiency happen: addressing split incentives
  • What will the impact of regulation be on investment locations?

Chair and Moderator
Michael Grubb
Professor of Economics
University of Cambridge

High Level Moderated Panel Discussion
Marc Spitzer
Commissioner
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, USA

Jonathan Brearley
Director of Energy Strategy and Futures
Department of Energy and Climate Change, UK

Lawrence J Makovich
Vice President and Senior Advisor
HIS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, USA

Paul Dawson
Head of Market Design & Regulatory Affairs
RWE Supply & Trading GmbH

Mark Hopkins
Director of International Energy Efficiency
United Nations Foundation

11.00 Refreshments

Session Five
Financing Transformational Change

  • How can policymakers stimulate investment at the required scale and pace?
  • In the current economic climate, will governments invest now for the generation and infrastructure necessary to meet post-2020 targets?
  • What constitutes a level playing field for funding for low carbon electricity from CCS, renewables and other sources?
  • Will carbon trading mechanisms generate adequate investment or are further measures required?
  • What will be the respective roles of finance sources?
    o Private sector
    o International finance institutions
    o Governments

Chair
Will Blyth
Associate Fellow
Chatham House

Speakers

Bernard Sheahan
Director, Infrastructure
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Langgeng Suwito
Director of Low Carbon Investment
Government Investment Unit, Ministry of Finance, Indonesia

Nitin Desai
Distinguished Fellow
The Energy and Resources Institute, India

Nick Gardiner
Director, Energy Finance Group
Fortis Bank

Bruno Bensasson
Head of Economics, Strategy and Sustainable Development Directorate
GDF Suez

Angus McCrone
Chief Editor
Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Questions and discussion

13.00 Lunch and close of conference

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