All-Energy & Dcarbonise 2020 Webinar Series Review

All-Energy & Dcarbonise 2020 Webinar Series Review

26 webinars and counting!

Countless Insights on Delivering Net Zero

We created the All-Energy and Dcarbonise webinar series with one thing in mind: supporting the renewable and low carbon energy community during a time of unprecedented challenge. We launched the webinar series with four webinars on what would have been the original dates of the All-Energy & Dcarbonise 2020 event – the 13 and 14 May. We rapidly found the level of support and participation was outstanding.

Capitalising on that success, we now host monthly webinars on the hottest low carbon and renewables topics, including offshore and onshore wind, hydrogen, inclusive transition, community and local energy, solar energy and more. We ramped up the volume in November by holding the All-Energy & Dcarbonise Virtual Summit, which comprised eight webinars over three days, with stellar speakers including Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP and Paul Wheelhouse MSP.

Click below to view the full series overview and tune in to our sessions on-demand.

Valts Grintals: Domestic Flexibility and Data

Valts Grintals: Domestic Flexibility and Data

Harnessing the power of energy data: accelerating to net-zero

Sponsored by UK Research and Innovation

In our webinar “Harnessing the power of energy data: accelerating to net-zero” on 14th January 2021, Valts Grintals, Senior Flexibility Analyst at Kaluza delivered a discussion on domestic flexibility and data.

You can watch the full webinar here for free and see what Valts had to say about using energy data in the drive towards net-zero.

What will I learn about?

  • How could better energy data satisfy both households and industry?
  • What policies and regulations are needed to support innovative data-based solutions to provide new services?
  • How can we ensure these innovations benefit diverse consumers, and protect everyone against emerging risks?
  • And more

For a sneak peak of Valts’ discussion, please download the below slides:

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Matt Hastings: Modernising Energy Data Strategy

Matt Hastings: Modernising Energy Data Strategy

Harnessing the power of energy data: accelerating to net-zero

Sponsored by UK Research and Innovation

In our webinar “Harnessing the power of energy data: accelerating to net-zero” on 14th January 2021, Matt Hastings, Head of Innovation at Innovate UK delivered a discussion on the vision for modern, digitalised energy data.

You can watch the full webinar here for free and see what Matt had to say about using energy data in the drive towards net-zero.

What will I learn about?

  • How could better energy data satisfy both households and industry?
  • What policies and regulations are needed to support innovative data-based solutions to provide new services?
  • How can we ensure these innovations benefit diverse consumers, and protect everyone against emerging risks?
  • And more

For a sneak peak of Matt’s discussion, please download the below slides:

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Laura Sandys: Former Chair of the Energy Data Taskforce

Laura Sandys: Former Chair of the Energy Data Taskforce

Harnessing the power of energy data: accelerating to net-zero

Sponsored by UK Research and Innovation

In our webinar “Harnessing the power of energy data: accelerating to net-zero” on 14th January 2021, Laura Sandys, Non-Executive Director, SGN & Energy Systems Catapult delivered a discussion on the vision for modern, digitalised energy data.

You can watch the full webinar here for free and see what Laura had to say about using energy data in the drive towards net-zero.

What will I learn about?

  • How could better energy data satisfy both households and industry?
  • What policies and regulations are needed to support innovative data-based solutions to provide new services?
  • How can we ensure these innovations benefit diverse consumers, and protect everyone against emerging risks?
  • And more

For a sneak peak of Laura’s discussion, please download the below slides:

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Jim Scott: Harnessing the Power of Data with Grid Edge AI

Jim Scott: Harnessing the Power of Data with Grid Edge AI

Harnessing the power of energy data: accelerating to net-zero

Sponsored by UK Research and Innovation

In our webinar “Harnessing the power of energy data: accelerating to net-zero” on 14th January 2021, Jim Scott, Co-founder at Grid Edge delivered a discussion on harnessing the power of data using AI.

You can watch the full webinar here for free and see what Jim had to say about using energy data in the drive towards net-zero.

What will I learn about?

  • How could better energy data satisfy both households and industry?
  • What policies and regulations are needed to support innovative data-based solutions to provide new services?
  • How can we ensure these innovations benefit diverse consumers, and protect everyone against emerging risks?
  • And more

For a sneak peak of Jim’s discussion, please download the below slides:

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Elena Bachvarova: Regulating for Net-Zero – Data and Digitalisation

Elena Bachvarova: Regulating for Net-Zero – Data and Digitalisation

Harnessing the power of energy data: accelerating to net-zero

Sponsored by UK Research and Innovation

In our webinar “Harnessing the power of energy data: accelerating to net-zero” on 14th January 2021, Elena Bachvarova, Senior Programme Manager at Ofgem delivered a discussion on regulating for net-zero.

You can watch the full webinar here for free and see what Elena had to say about using energy data in the drive towards net-zero.

What will I learn about?

  • How could better energy data satisfy both households and industry?
  • What policies and regulations are needed to support innovative data-based solutions to provide new services?
  • How can we ensure these innovations benefit diverse consumers, and protect everyone against emerging risks?
  • And more

For a sneak peak of Elena’s discussion, please download the below slides:

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Dinker Bhardwaj: Modernising Energy Data

Dinker Bhardwaj: Modernising Energy Data

Harnessing the power of energy data: accelerating to net-zero

Sponsored by UK Research and Innovation

In our webinar “Harnessing the power of energy data: accelerating to net-zero” on 14th January 2021, Dinker Bhardwaj, Head of Data Policy, Smart Energy, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), delivered a discussion on modernising energy data.

You can watch the full webinar here for free and see what Dinker had to say about using energy data in the drive towards net-zero.

What will I learn about?

  • How could better energy data satisfy both households and industry?
  • What policies and regulations are needed to support innovative data-based solutions to provide new services?
  • How can we ensure these innovations benefit diverse consumers, and protect everyone against emerging risks?
  • And more

For a sneak peak of Dinker’s discussion, please download the below slides:

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Alok Sharma Appointed Full-Time COP26 President

Alok Sharma Appointed Full-Time COP26 President

UN COP26 Climate Conference Lead by Alok Sharma

Alok Sharma has been appointed the full-time president of the UN COP26 climate conference in Glasgow this November, with Kwasi Kwarteng appointed BEIS Secretary of State & Anne-Marie Trevelyan becoming Minister of State.

COP26 will be the largest summit the UK has ever hosted. It will bring together representatives from over 200 countries to focus on coordinating a global action towards tackling climate change and achieving net-zero.

Since assuming the role in February 2020, Alok Sharma has been a leading figure behind the UK’s climate diplomacy. Speaking about his new position, Sharma said:

“The biggest challenge of our time is climate change and we need to work together to deliver a cleaner, greener world and build back better for present and future generations.”

HSBC Pushed to Cut Exposure to Fossil Fuels

HSBC are facing pressure to slash its use of fossil fuels after an influential group of investors have filed a stakeholder vote urging the company to ramp up its climate action.

Fifteen pension and investment funds are pushing HSBC to reduce the loans and underwriting services offered to clients, which rely heavily on fossil fuels, within a timeline consistent with Paris climate goals.

It will be put to shareholders at HSBC’s AGM in April, and will become binding if 75% vote in its favour.

Prince Charles Encourages Companies to join Earth Charter

After 50 years of environmental campaigning, today HRH Prince Charles will urge firms to back a more sustainable future and do more to protect the planet. He wants companies to join “Terra Carta” – or Earth charter. It aims to raise £7.3bn to invest in the natural world.

In his foreword to Terra Carta, the prince writes “if we consider the legacy of our generation, more than 800 years ago, Magna Carta inspired a belief in the fundamental rights and liberties of people.

“As we strive to imagine the next 800 years of human progress, the fundamental rights and value of nature must represent a step-change in our ‘future of industry’ and ‘future of economy’ approach.”

2020: Greenest Year for UK Electricity

2020: Greenest Year for UK Electricity

A 66% Drop: The Highest Decarbonisation of Electricity

Recent data shows that in 2020 the UK experienced the highest decarbonisation of electricity, with an average of 181gCO2 KWh from January to November. This is a 66% drop from 529CO2 KWh in 2013 and therefore the greenest year on record for the UK’s electricity generation.

Wind and solar power have lead the way for the UK’s reduction in carbon emissions, with energy usage from carbon intense sources showing a drop in the past seven years. However, there is still some way to go in order to reach the Government’s target of 100CO2 KWh by 2030.

Boxing Day Records Broken

On Boxing Day another record was broken for wind power generation in Britain. It was the first 24 hour period where wind farms supplied more than half of the country’s electricity, according to data from Drax Electric Insights.

More than 50.67% of Britain’s power on Boxing Day was supplied by wind farms, assisted by the strong winds from Storm Bella. Nuclear power generated 21.1% of Britain’s electricity, while fossil gas provided 14.6%. The previous record of 50% was set on the 21st August.

PM Boris Johnson has pledged to ensure that the UK’s energy is fuelled by offshore wind by 2030. Speaking in October on his plans for a energy revolution, Boris Johnson said: “we believe that in 10 years’ time, offshore wind will be powering every home in the country, with our target rising from 30GW to 40GW.”

Dogger Bank Windfarm Set to Change the UK Industry

Meanwhile just off the coast of North Yorkshire, the Dogger Bank windfarm project is under way. Almost 200 turbines, each almost as tall as the Eiffel tower, will soon rise above the submerged Doggerland to populate an expanse of sea as large a North Yorkshire itself. This is a huge feat for engineering and marks a step towards the growth of renewable energy in the UK.

Each turbine can generate enough electricity to power 16,000 homes, promising to power a surge in clean electricity. The project is a central part of the government’s plans for climate action, leading the UK to carbon neutrality by 2050.

SSE, the renewable energy company leading the project, will carry out the construction of the wind farm in three phases over the next 10 years. Each phase represents a multi-million pound investment, hundreds of jobs and enough clean electricity to power millions of homes.

New UKRI/All-Energy Webinar in January

New UKRI/All-Energy Webinar in January

‘Harnessing the power of data: accelerating to net zero’

Energy is the pulse of our day-to-day life, but the drive for net zero will require a massive change in the way we create and use it. With new technologies and complex integration needed, it is increasingly clear that there is one important factor in making our future integrated energy systems work: data.

That is the thinking behind the 14 January All-Energy/Dcarbonise webinar sponsored by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and chaired by Laura Sandys CBE, Chair of the Government’s Energy Data Taskforce and Non-Executive Director, SGN & Energy System Catapult and with an impressive panel of speakers from BEIS, Ofgem, UKRI, Grid Edge and Kaluza. Registration is open at https://forum.all-energy.co.uk/category/webinars/. A review of the 2020 26-strong webinar series appears on the same page.

Already, smart technology is entering our homes, and companies are using big data to respond better to consumer preferences. In the new energy future, distributed energy will clearly play a role. We are learning that digital technologies can make distributed energy the cheapest and cleanest form of energy.

UKRI’s ‘Prospering from the Energy Revolution’ programme is pioneering the data-enabled systems approach to unlock the benefits of smart local energy systems. These systems improve the efficiency of existing infrastructure, capture value and provide local jobs, helping to distribute prosperity; while society gains clean, cheap energy delivered in ways that suit modern net zero lives, lived locally.

Speakers on 14 January are:
● Dinker Bhardwaj, Head of Data Policy, Smart Energy, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
● Steven Steer, Head of Data, Ofgem
● Rob Saunders, Challenge Director, Prospering from the Energy Revolution, UKRI
● Dr Jim Scott, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer, Grid Edge
● Valts Grintals, Senior Flexibility Analyst, Kaluza

“Having held 26 webinars in a six-month period in 2020, viewed ‘live’ or ‘on-demand’ 17,100 times, we are breaking our followers in gently with just one webinar in January,” explained Portfolio and Event Director, Jonathan Heastie of Reed Exhibitions. “This session brings together the government, the energy disruptors, and the regulators to discuss:

● How could better energy data satisfy both households and industry?
● What policies and regulations are needed to support innovative data-based solutions to provide new services?
● How can we ensure these innovations benefit diverse consumers, and protect everyone against emerging risks?
● What data frameworks are needed to enable local infrastructure investment and innovation at scale and pace in different places?

“We are grateful to UKRI for their on-going sponsorship. Their earlier webinar, ‘UKRI’s Road to Net Zero: Investing for Innovation’ held as part of our November All-Energy/Dcarbonise Virtual Summit is available for on demand viewing here.

“We look forward to welcoming their speakers and our audience on 14 January and, in the meantime, wish you all a happy holiday period and hope for some degree of normality to return in the New Year. We will be staging All-Energy and the co-located Dcarbonise at Glasgow’s SEC on 18 and 19 August. The Call for Papers is open on the All-Energy website at www.all-energy.co.uk with a closing date of 31 March 2021.”

Notes to Editors:

All-Energy, the history: The 2021 show (18-19 August, SEC Glasgow) will be the 20th edition of All-Energy. The UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference has been held annually since 2001; the first co-located Dcarbonise was held in 2019 embracing low carbon heat, energy efficiency and low carbon transport (the latter via the Smart Urban Mobility Solutions conference stream). The first 14 All-Energy events were held in Aberdeen; the show moved to Glasgow in 2015.

The 2019 event attracted a total of 7,871 attendees, over the two days and included some 250 exhibiting companies and over 600 speakers.

In the absence of the ‘live’ event, a series of webinars was launched in May 2020. By November, when the All-Energy/Dcarbonise Virtual Summit was held, they had attracted 15,650 registrations and people continue to watch them on demand, so far they have been viewed ‘live’ or ‘on-demand’ 17,100 times. All are available on-demand via our webinar library.

UK Government Launches Energy White Paper

UK Government Launches Energy White Paper

The UK Government sets out plans to clean up our energy system

The UK Government has launched an energy white paper, expanding upon Boris Johnson’s Ten Point Plan for reaching net zero. The paper details the steps needed to cut emissions from industry, transport and buildings by 230 million metric tonnes – the equivalent of taking 7.5 million petrol cars off the road.

Emma Pinchbeck, Chief Executive at Energy UK, said:

“Today’s White Paper reveals the scale and opportunity of the energy transition, with aims in it to at least double the amount of clean electricity produced today, start making our homes warmer and greener, and help the switch to electric vehicles.”

Affordability is said to be at the heart of the UK’s decisive shift away from fossil fuels by boosting competition in the energy retail sector and by providing £6.7 billion in support for energy-poor and vulnerable people.

Business and Energy Secretary Alok Sharma said:

“Today’s plan establishes a decisive and permanent shift away from our dependence on fossil fuels, towards cleaner energy sources that will put our country at the forefront of the global green industrial revolution.”

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