Smart Energy Marketplace 2017 Smart Energy Marketplace is a unique showcase of the emerging smart, decentralised energy system of the future – a radical shift in the way we power our lives that is creating huge opportunities. The largest energy event in the south west. Conference This leading conference offered valuable industry insights, and looked at the latest and upcoming policy changes and how these are affecting businesses in the UK. Programme: 10:00 Session one: Policy and regulation for a smart and flexible energy system The government is committed to changing the policy and regulatory framework to enable new flexible energy business models to develop. This session brought together leading policy makers, regulators and system operators to set out the emerging new policy landscape and the impact on the market. Gemma Huett, head of flexibility markets, electricity systems, Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy Andrew Burgess, associate partner, Ofgem Lee Priestley, head of business development for system operator, National Grid Nigel Turvey, network strategy and innovation manager, Western Power Distribution 11:00 Session two: Business models for utility scale storage The success of battery storage in the Capacity Market and Enhanced Frequency Response auctions make this perhaps the fastest growing sector in the energy market. This session brought together business leaders to examine the emerging business models for large storage projects. Johnny Gowdy, director, Regen Bridgit Hartland-Johnson, head of Energy Storage, Siemens Energy Management Christophe Banos, development project manager, EDF Energy Renewables 12:00 Session three: Local energy markets Balancing supply and demand at a local level is key to a decentralised and flexible energy system. This session examined how microgrids, virtual power plants and local balancing could unlock the development of local energy markets. Matt Hastings, programme director, local energy systems, Centrica Pete Capener, executive director, Bath and West Community Energy and member of the FPSA project delivery board Dan Starman, research, quality and development manager/ consultant, Cornwall Insight James Johnston, chief executive officer, Open Utility 14:00 Session four: Electric vehicle trends and the future of the electricity grid Electric vehicles are growing exponentially and have the potential to transform the way we use energy every day. This session examined EV growth trends, the impact on electricity demand and prices and ask whether we will be powering our houses with our cars or our cars with our houses? Luke Redfern, commercial partnerships manager, Cenex Nick Storer, principal consultant, EA Technology 15:00 Session five: Renewable energy business models in a changing energy market What we see going forward is nothing less than a revolution in the provision of our energy," Cordi O'Hara, Director of the UK System Operator. Over £10 billion has been invested in renewable energy in the past five years leading to remarkable growth. This session brought together market leaders to examine where the opportunities to generate value are now in a rapidly changing energy market including: maximising revenues from assets, flexibility and post subsidy development opportunities. Nicola Waters, chief operating officer, Push Energy Katherine Vinnicombe, investment manager, Foresight David Peill, commercial director, British Renewables Talks Delegates attended from a wide range of sectors; including manufacturers, utilities, energy generators, landowners and farmers, construction, tourism providers, local government and community energy groups. As well as a leading exhibition we had a full talks programme. Programme: 11.00 Options for supplying your energy locally There is huge interest from businesses and communities in buying clean energy generated locally - potentially reducing costs. This session examined the lessons from trials of new local supply models and the options now available. Sonya Bedford, partner, Stephens Scown Tom Parkinson, director, Energy Local Jen Coles, Business Developer, Plymouth Energy Community 11.00 The future of heating The government has announced a revamp of the Renewable Heat Incentive creating new opportunities for heat networks, heat pumps, biomass boilers and Anaerobic Digestion, to transform how we heat our homes and businesses. How will the electrification of heat and the green gas market develop? This session examined what models of renewable heat are due to prosper in the future. Ian Marshall, green gas development manager, Wales and West Utilities William Johnson, technical manager - heat pumps, OMNIE David Newman, head of sales and business development, Forest Fuels 12.00 Opportunities for smart and flexible energy for landowners Battery storage is opening up new opportunities for landowners and farmers to maximise the value of electricity they generate and to earn attractive returns by leasing land. This session looked at how to make the most of the latest energy generation and storage technologies to cut bills and earn revenues - and the pitfalls to avoid. Jonathan Scurlock, chief adviser, renewable energy and climate change, National Farmers' Union Hugh Taylor, chief executive officer, Roadnight Taylor Olly Frankland, project manager, Regen 12.00 Introduction to demand side response Businesses who can shift energy demand can earn revenues from helping balance the grid – and the market for ‘demand side response’ is growing. This session examined who this works for in practice and the revenues available – we heard from leading companies who ‘aggregate’ shifts in energy demand to sell to National Grid and other customers. Jason Stocks, senior business development manager, Limejump Yoav Zingher, chief executive, KiWi Power 13:00 Cornwall local energy supply Cornwall Council and Regen are exploring new local supply models for community energy options. The goal is to run a replicable pilot that helps localise the economic benefits of local generation and enable them to be shared with the local community. Delegates came along to this informal session to find out more about the project and opportunities to get involved in the pilot. Tamar Bourne, senior project manager, Regen Mark Holmes, senior low carbon investment officer, Cornwall Council Caroline Carroll, geothermal policy officer, Cornwall Council 14.00 Transforming our housing Cold, expensive to heat homes are still driving up energy bills and carbon emissions. This session looked at a new approach emerging to revamping houses so they are net zero energy users, without subsidy. Ian Hutchcroft, associate, Regen Tim Crook, senior project manager, Regen 14.00 Engaging communities in network innovation Community energy groups are widely regarded as trusted intermediaries when it comes to engaging the general public, yet we all struggle to get the levels of participation we’d like. This session explored the tactics that work and offered up fresh and exciting ideas to get more people involved in energy. We found out about Regen’s experience of the Sunshine Tariff project, and Carbon Co-op’s Nobel Grid project where they are developing tools for community smart grids. Ben Aylott, systems developer, Carbon Co-op Jodie Giles, senior project manager - communities, Regen 15.00 Storage – The commercial business case This session looked in more detail at emerging business models and benefit streams for storage systems - whether standalone, co-located with generation or ‘behind the meter’, alongside a high energy user. Ray Arrell, senior project manager, Regen Tim Marsters, commercial director, Green Hedge 15.00 Heat networks The government is investing hundreds of millions in developing heat networks. Exeter is one of the leading cities in developing this key new infrastructure. And there are also opportunities for smaller scale projects. Naomi Harnett, principal project manager, Exeter heat networks, East Devon District Council Mark Simpson, business development manager, E.ON UK Tim Crook, head of technical services, Regen Download the 2017 event guide Download Photos from the event can be found on Flickr HERE You can view our Storify board of the event HERE Booking for this event has now closed.