0900: Coffee and registration

0930: Plenary

Chair – Emma Pinchbeck, RenewableUK



“Smart Energy in Wales”

The Cabinet Secretary for the Environment and Rural Affairs will give the keynote political speech at Smart Energy Wales. Welsh Government is a crucial partner to many in the sector, and actively supports a number of ‘smart’ projects across Wales.




“The global context for smart energy systems”

Jim Skea is Professor of Sustainable Energy at Imperial College, a founder member of the UK’s Committee on Climate Change, and Co-Chair of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.




“The regulator’s role in Smart”

Dermot Nolan is the Chief Executive of Ofgem, the energy regulator for the UK. Ofgem plays a key role in safeguarding critical energy infrastructure, and is an enabler of innovation in the energy sector.


1045: Coffee break

1115: Energy storage

Sponsored by Wales & West Utilities

 Felicity Jones of Everoze

Future-proofing your battery investment

Returning for the second successive year, Felicity is a highly-respected authority on all aspects of battery storage. Last year she spoke about the Bankability of Batteries. This year her focus is on how to future-proof your battery investment. Fliss is a Partner at Everoze, a technical and commercial energy consultancy.


Gas networks supporting renewable energy

Chris is the Director of Asset Management and HSE for Wales & West Utilities. He will be talking about the use of the gas network as a battery, and how Wales’ future heat, lighting and power needs can be met. Are smart switching and hybrid heat pumps the answer?


“Real-world storage challenges”

Martyn is a Director of the Cenin Group of companies, which has gained a strong reputation for innovation in the low-carbon sector. The manufacturing site is the host of the Solcer house, as well as a range of integrated energy generating developments.



Andy leads Ofgem’s work on Flexibility and the teams dealing with the Electricity and Gas system frameworks. Previously he was associate partner in our networks divisions leading at various times on electricity and gas transmission and distribution policy and regulation of energy networks generally.

1230: Networking lunch

1400: Smart grids & demand response

Sponsored by Arup

Chair – Paul Cosgrove, Arup

“A vision for a smart energy system”

Aimee is programme manager for techUK’s Internet of Things and SmarterUK programmes. Her presentation will paint a vision of how energy systems and services might change – and the opportunities therein for entrepreneurial people and businesses.


“Smart grids, local markets and community energy”

Mary is a Director of Energy Local, a social enterprise to develop a new community-based market model for local energy. She has a PhD in Physics, and is an expert on electricity systems.


“Blockchain; peer-to-peer energy will destroy & reinvent energy companies”

Paul is a Swansea-based tech entrepreneur. A co-founder of TechHub Swansea, he has unique insights into the energy-tech sector, and strong views on what it might mean for both established companies and new entrants.


“From Smart Grid to Smart Cities”

Now working for Barton Willmore, Tom has unique insights into the sector derived from six years of delivery as a senior planner for energy in the Greater London Authority, as well as eight years leading on infrastructure planning for The Planning Inspectorate.


1515: Coffee break

1545: Smart buildings

Panoramic Power

Andrew is the Distributed Energy Sales Manager for Centrica. He’ll be talking about a new product which can help large electricity users to monitor, understand and control the use of electricity across their estates.


Buildings as power stations

Joanna is the Building Integration Manager at SPECIFIC, an academic-industrial partnership which aims to demonstrate how new technologies can transform the built environment. She is a registered architect with fifteen years of commercial experience.


“Healthy, happy & productive. The Smart Building occupant”