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0900: Coffee and registration

0930: Plenary

Chair – Auriol Miller, Director of the Institute for Welsh Affairs

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“Smart Energy in Wales”

The Minister for Housing and Local Government 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.

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“Disrupting the energy system”

Sarah is CEO of Ripple Energy, a clean energy ownership platform. Ripple will enable householders to part own onshore wind farms and have the low cost electricity they produce supplied to their homes. Sarah was previously vice-chair of the Board of RenewableUK, and Head of Public Affairs for Vestas in the UK and Ireland.


“Wales’ infrastructure – fit for the future?”

Emma is a Commissioner at the National Infrastructure Commission for Wales, and has significant experience managing large-scale sustainability programmes within the built environment sector.  Tom Wharf is a Chartered Civil Engineer with a passion for sustainable infrastructure. His expertise in river, coastal and maritime infrastructure has been gained during over a decade of professional practice in civil engineering consultancy.

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“The role of the grid in enabling transition”

Susan is a principal consultant at National Grid, and 2018 winner of Future Leader for Champions of Women in Business. With experience in formulating and delivering strategy at the UK’s transmission network provider, she is well placed to inform our audience about the structural changes to the UK’s infrastructure which will enable our smart energy transmission.

Karen Henwood is a Professor of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. She has led several major projects including the ‘Better Energy Futures’ project which features as part of the social inclusion theme in the Welsh Government’s Smart Living Initiative, Annual Review of Learnings, 2019. Karen’s presentation will look at ‘the lived experiences’ of energy use and how this might impact on options for a future energy system which is more flexible, integrated and smarter.

1045: Coffee

1115: Local energy market innovation

Sponsored by InnogyUK

Chair – Jeremy Smith, InnogyUK

 Felicity Jones of Everoze

“Real-life application of local smart markets”

A partner in Everoze, Felicity is one of the UK’s most trusted and experienced voices on issues around energy storage and financing. She’s back for her fourth year, this time to talk about community projects which innovate in market mechanisms.


Bringing it all together

Keith is one of Wales’ foremost pioneers in local energy markets, and is currently working out methods of monitoring, measuring and reporting a range of different electricity generators on one platform. Keith’s presentation will take place through the medium of Welsh – simultaneous translation will be provided to all delegates.


“A 100% renewable power system”

Grazia is a senior lecturer with the College of Engineering at Swansea University, specialising in advanced power electronics and power systems studies. Her presentation will address challenges and opportunities related to the integration of renewable energy resources in the power grid, and solutions to achieve 100% renewable energy generation.

The role of Hydrogen

Charlie is a Senior Lecturer at the new Energy Safety Research Institute at Swansea University with a MSci in Chemistry from Nottingham and a PhD in nanomaterials from Glasgow University.  He will advocate the potential of hydrogen as a Universal Energy Carrier to store, transport and utilise intermittent renewable energy supplies as part of Wales’ future smart energy system, with reference to some home-grown examples.

1230: Networking lunch

1315: Cross-vector energy

Sponsored by Wales & West Utilities

Chair – Steve Edwards, Wales & West Utilities



Our Energy System: Making the connections

Jen is the Head of Engineering at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and has significant experience in a range of energy technologies and systems, including a strong academic background in hydrogen.



Jane is Project Director of the Welsh Government Energy Service with Local Partnerships, and was previously Director of Environment at Cardiff Council. She brings a deep understanding of energy demand and generation opportunity across the public sector estate, and is keen to see efficient matching of load and generation in Wales.

“Bridgend’s energy masterplan”

Michael is the principal sustainable development officer at Bridgend Council, and has been instrumental in the development of the Bridgend energy masterplan, and in the successful bid for funding to deliver a large-scale mine-water heating project.



Future transport solutions – the clean mobility agenda

Yolande is the Business Innovation Director at the Transport Systems Catapult. She works in the sector to help address long-term UK industrial research needs with the supply chain, government and academia.

1430: Coffee

1500: Spotlight on Smart 💡

Compère – Mari Arthur, Director of Cynnal Cymru

Each of our exhibitors has a two-minute opportunity to amaze and inspire the audience with their products and services. All served along with a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

1600: End of conference