Britain is in the middle of an energy crisis.
Ofgem has reported that the risk of customer disconnections due to a shortfall of energy will increase by 275 per cent by 2016. Demand is increasing and supply diminishing — and prices are soaring. As a country, we have failed to nurture market structures that are capable of meeting our national needs.
What can be done? Spectator Events and Liberum Capital, along with key players in the energy industry, discussed a domestic issue that was dominating the headlines.
Sam Laidlaw has been Chief Executive of Centrica plc since July 2006. Centrica is the parent company of British Gas in the UK and Direct Energy in North America, serving more than 27 million customers.
Utilities Analyst at Liberum Capital and former corporate strategist with National Grid
Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Labour MP for Stalybridge and Hyde
Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House
Environmental Policy Adviser to Rio Tinto plc and Senior Advisor to the Foreign Secretary's special representative on climate change. Burke is also a Founding Director of E3G, Third Generation Environmentalism.
CEO, Ovo Energy
Programme (subject to change)
9:00: The UK Energy Gap: is there really a danger of blackouts? with Peter Atherton from Liberum Capital. Speech + Q&A with Malcolm Grimston, Professor Jim Skea and Chris Train
9:40: Keynote speech with Michael Fallon MP, Minister of State for Energy — speech + Q&A
10:15: Investing in the UK's energy future with Sam Laidlaw CEO, Centrica
11:15: The shape of Britain's future energy mix. Gas and shale- Francis Egan, CEO Cuadrilla Resources; Renewables- Tom Burke, environmental policy advisor, Rio Tinto
12:15: Energy mix roundtable, chaired by Andrew Neil, with Tom Burke and Peter Atherton
14:00: Affordable energy — Keynote from Jonathan Reynolds MP, Shadow Minister for Energy
14:35: The search for affordable energy — with Jonathan Reynolds MP; Adam Scorer, Director of Consumer Futures; Peter Smith, External Affairs Manager, National Energy Action; Lawrence Slade, Chief Operating Officer, Energy UK; Stephen Fitzpatrick, CEO, Ovo Energy and Andy Mayer, Head of Public Affairs, BASF
15:45: Closing remarks
16:00: Close of conference and networking drinks sponsored by Eggborough Power