Policy Forum for Wales

Priorities for energy policy: ensuring a flexible grid network, renewables and the evolving role of local authorities

Morning, Tuesday, 4th December 2018

Central Cardiff


This seminar will bring together policymakers with key stakeholders to discuss priorities for energy policy in Wales - including progress on the Welsh Government’s key long term targets on community ownership and increasing the percentage of renewables in the energy supply.

Delegates will discuss the policy framework and industry-led innovations that are required, in order to increase the proportion of energy generated from renewables, in light of the Welsh Government target of sourcing 70% of Wales’ energy requirements from renewable energy sources by 2030.

They will assess the steps that might be taken to develop the flexible grid network needed to underpin this transition - including potential opportunities for expanding energy storage capacity in Wales in order to overcome issues around intermittency and ways to decarbonise transport.

Planned sessions will also look at the evolving role of local authorities in energy projects, and the challenges for increasing community engagement in, and ownership of, energy supply and generation - in line with Government priorities.

The seminar will also provide an opportunity to consider the future of the regulatory framework, and bring out key themes in Ofgem’s consultation on the proposed changes to the RIIO-2 framework - which focus on price controls, approaches to finance, stakeholder engagement in the business planning process and performance incentive mechanisms - as well as looking at potential challenges ahead for implementation.

Guest of Honour

Lesley Griffiths AM

Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Welsh Government

Guest of Honour

Lesley Griffiths AM

Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Welsh Government


Simon Thomas AM

Member, Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee


Robert Proctor

Business Development Manager, Community Energy Wales

Steven Edwards

Director of Regulation and Commercial, Wales & West Utilities

Steven Edwards

Project Manager, SP Energy Networks

Abid Kazim

UK Managing Director, NextEnergy Capital

Dr Nina Skorupska

Chief Executive, Renewable Energy Association

Senior speaker confirmed from The Green Valleys

Hêdd Roberts

Head of Customer & Commercial, National Grid

Kevin Bygate

Chief Executive Officer, SPECIFIC

Professor Wade Allison

Emeritus Professor of Physics and Fellow of Keble College, University of Oxford

Benjamin Godfrey

Network Strategy Team Manager, Western Power Distribution

Ross Fairley

Partner and Head of Energy, Power and Utilities, Burges Salmon