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Conference on energy policy in Wales

Policy Forum for Wales, Morning, Monday, 15th December 2014

Energy policy in Wales - challenges and opportunities for developing the sector

 

with

Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales; Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP, Secretary of State for Wales; David TC Davies MP, Chair, Welsh Affairs Select Committee, House of Commons; Peter Davies, Commissioner for Sustainable Futures and Chair, Climate Change Commission for Wales; and Maxine Frerk, Interim Senior Partner, Smarter Grids and Governance: Distribution, Ofgem

and

Professor Malcolm Eames, Cardiff University; David Jones, Marine Energy Pembrokeshire; Ben Lewis, GVA; Simon Power, Arup; Dr John Rhys, University of Oxford; Benjamin Russell, Horizon Nuclear Power; Sam White, Miller Research and Author, Skills Needs Research in the Energy Sector in Wales; Jonathan Wilkinson, Montgomeryshire Against Pylons and Gerwyn Williams, UK Onshore Gas Group

 

Chaired by:

 Alun Ffred Jones AM, Chair, Environment and Sustainability Committee, National Assembly for Wales and Spokesperson for Business and Economy, Science and Devolution, Plaid Cymru and Jeff Cuthbert AM, Member, Environment & Sustainability Committee, National Assembly for Wales

 

Seminar supported by GVA

 

Timing: Morning, Monday, 15th December 2014

Venue: The Angel Hotel, Castle Street, Cardiff CF10 1SZ

This event is CPD certified

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There above seminar draws a charge for most delegates, although concessionary and complimentary places are available (subject to terms and conditions - see below).

 

The focus:

Next steps for policy affecting the energy sector in Wales.

 

To note:

·         Keynote addresses from: Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales and Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP, Secretary of State for Wales

·         Further contributions from: David TC Davies MP, Chair, Welsh Affairs Select Committee, House of Commons; Peter Davies, Commissioner for Sustainable Futures and Chair, Climate Change Commission for Wales; and Maxine Frerk, Interim Senior Partner, Smarter Grids and Governance: Distribution, Ofgem.

 

Context:

·         Welsh Government’s Energy Wales Delivery Plan - prioritising innovation, economic development and a consistent framework for stakeholders;

·         Silk Commission’s recommendation for devolving all energy projects which produce up to 350MW to the Welsh Government; and.

·         Welsh Affairs Committee inquiries into energy issues in Wales, including the first report of the series released in June on Shale gas production in Wales.

 

Key discussion points:

·         Priorities for developing the Welsh energy sector;

·         Realising Wales’ potential for energy production - challenges and opportunities;

·         Meeting domestic demand and developing Wales’ capacity to be a sustainable energy exporter;

·         Key issues in energy market regulation;

·         Wales as an attractive place for energy investment - skills, planning and developing supply chains; and

·         ‘The Wales we want’ - engaging the public with energy policy.

 

Speakers also confirmed:

Professor Malcolm Eames, Research Chair, Low Carbon Research Institute, Cardiff University; David Jones, Project Director, Marine Energy Pembrokeshire; Ben Lewis, Director of Planning, Development and Regeneration, GVA; Simon Power, Associate Director, Arup; Dr John Rhys, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute of Energy Studies, University of Oxford; Benjamin Russell, Head of Policy and External Affairs, Horizon Nuclear Power; Sam White, Senior Consultant, Miller Research and Author, Skills Needs Research in the Energy Sector in Wales; Jonathan Wilkinson, Chairman, Montgomeryshire Against Pylons and Gerwyn Williams, Chairman, UK Onshore Gas Group.

 

Chairs:

Jeff Cuthbert AM, Member, Environment & Sustainability Committee, National Assembly for Wales and Alun Ffred Jones AM, Chair, Environment and Sustainability Committee, National Assembly for Wales and Spokesperson for Business and Economy, Science and Devolution, Plaid Cymru.

 

Networking:

Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the National Assembly for Wales and officials from BIS; Cabinet Office; Ofgem and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Amber Infrastructure; 3C Energy; ADAS; Arup; Atmos Consulting; BAM Nuttall; Bowler Energy; BRE National Solar Centre; Brecon Beacons National Park Authority; British Board of Agreement; British Gas; British Ports Association; Britten Sinfonia; Caerphilly County Borough Council; Capita; Caplor Horizons; Cardiff University; Centrica; Ceredigion County Council; Citizens Advice Cymru; City University London; Coleg Menai, Gwynedd; Community Energy Wales; Conwy County Borough Council; Costain; Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru; Dawnus; Dulas; Dwr Cymru Welsh Water; Energy Island Programme; Energy Technologies Institute; European Daily Electricity Markets; Exelon Generation; Foresight Group; Go Green; Gower Society; House of Commons Library; Infinite Renewables; Institution of Mechanical Engineers; Kinmel Bay and Towyn Sports and Recreation Association; Lightsource; LUC (Land Use Consultants); Marine Current Turbines, Siemens; Mark Group; Miller Argent; Mineral Planning; National Energy Action; NFU Cymru; North Wales Tidal Energy; NPTC Group; Nuclear Decommissioning Authority; Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum; Pembrokeshire College; Pembrokeshire County Council; Platts Power in Europe; PwC; Quatro PR; ReNews; Rps Planning & Development; RSPB Cymru; RWE Npower Renewables; S&C Electric Europe; Salix Finance; Scottish Power; Seren Energy; Siemens; Sonorex Oil & Gas; South Hook; The Planning Inspectorate; Tidal Lagoon Power; Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay; Torfaen Friends of the Earth; Turner & Townsend; TWI Technology Centre; University of Central Lancashire; University of Liverpool; University of Newcastle; University of Sussex; Utility Aid; Vattenfall; Wales & West Utilities; Wales Millennium Centre; Welsh Conservatives; Welsh European Funding Office; Welsh Government; Welsh Power Group; West Coast Energy; Wheelabrator Technologies and WYG.

 

Agenda:

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Supported by GVA, and organised impartially by the Policy Forum for Wales (find out more).

CPD certified (more details).

 

Booking arrangements

 

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Once submitted, this will be taken as a confirmed booking and will be subject to our terms and conditions below.

 

Please pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796. If advance credit card payment is not possible, please let me know and we may be able to make other arrangements.

 

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  • Places at Energy policy in Wales - challenges and opportunities for developing the sector (including refreshments and a complete PDF copy of the transcripts) are £210 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate places (see conditions): £80 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.

 

Can’t attend?

  • Full transcript available approximately 10 days after the event for £95 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.

 

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FINANCIAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS: The delegate fee includes copies of the presentations via PDF and refreshments. Cancellation policy is as follows: (1) cancellations 14 or more days before the event: £70+VAT cancellation fee per delegate; (2) cancellations less than 14 days before the event: no refunds. Cancellations must be notified in writing to the Policy Forum for Wales. No charge will be made for replacement delegates. Transfer of any confirmed booking between events is not possible. The organisers reserve the right to alter the programme and change the speakers without prior notice. The Policy Forum for Wales is unable to grant extended credit and therefore must request that full payment be made within 30 days from the date of invoice. Should payment not be received within 30 days from the date of invoice, the Policy Forum for Wales will apply an administration charge of £40+VAT, likewise for payments made to our account in error.

A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out around 10 working days after the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials in the Wales Office and Welsh Government departments affected by the issues; as well as Assembly Members with a special interest in the subject. It will also be made available more widely. This document will include transcripts of all speeches and questions and answers sessions from the day, along with access to PowerPoint presentations, speakers’ biographies, an attendee list, an agenda, sponsor information, as well as any subsequent press coverage of the day and any articles or comment pieces submitted by delegates. It is made available subject to strict restrictions on public use, and is intended to provide timely information for interested parties who are unable to attend on the day.

 

All delegates will receive complimentary PDF copies and are invited to contribute to the content.

 

The Policy Forum for Wales is strictly impartial and cross-party. The Forum has no policy agenda of its own.

 

Policy Forum for Wales Keynote Seminar

Energy policy in Wales - challenges and opportunities for developing the sector

Timing: Morning, Monday, 15th December 2014

Venue: The Angel Hotel, Castle Street, Cardiff CF10 1SZ

 

Draft agenda subject to change

 

8.30 - 9.00

Registration and coffee

 

 

9.00 - 9.05

Chair’s opening remarks

Alun Ffred Jones AM, Chair, Environment and Sustainability Committee, National Assembly for Wales and
Spokesperson for Business and Economy, Science and Devolution, Plaid Cymru 

 

 

9.05 - 9.20

‘The Wales we want’ - engaging the public with energy policy

Peter Davies, Commissioner for Sustainable Futures and Chair, Climate Change Commission for Wales

 

 

9.20 - 9.50

Meeting domestic demand and developing Wales’ capacity to be a sustainable energy exporter

Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

9.50 - 10.05

Energy production in Wales

David TC Davies MP, Chair, Welsh Affairs Select Committee, House of Commons

 

 

10.05 - 10.55

Realising Wales’ potential for energy production - challenges and opportunities

Following the publication of the Silk Commission’s report, should its recommendation to devolve decisions on major energy infrastructure projects to the Welsh government be adopted? Could the extraction of shale gas provide another viable energy source in Wales, and if so should this be pursued? How can Wales best exploit its significant potential for both wind and marine energy production, particularly given the complex legal and environmental issues involved? What further steps can be taken by the Welsh Government to encourage the development of low-carbon energy initiatives and ensure that it achieves the goals set out in its Energy Wales Delivery Plan published in March? What needs to be done to ensure that Wales has an adequate grid infrastructure to support the growth of energy production and export?

Simon Power, Associate Director, Arup

David Jones, Project Director, Marine Energy Pembrokeshire

Professor Malcolm Eames, Research Chair, Low Carbon Research Institute, Cardiff University

Gerwyn Williams, Chairman, UK Onshore Gas Group

Ben Lewis, Director of Planning, Development and Regeneration, GVA

Questions and comments from the floor with Peter Davies, Commissioner for Sustainable Futures and Chair,
Climate Change Commission for Wales and David TC Davies MP, Chair, Welsh Affairs Select Committee, House of Commons

 

 

10.55 - 11.00

Chair’s closing remarks

Alun Ffred Jones AM, Chair, Environment and Sustainability Committee, National Assembly for Wales and
Spokesperson for Business and Economy, Science and Devolution, Plaid Cymru 

 

 

11.00 - 11.30

Coffee

 

 

11.30 - 11.35

Chair’s opening remarks

Jeff Cuthbert AM, Member, Environment & Sustainability Committee, National Assembly for Wales

 

 

11.35 - 12.05

Priorities for developing the Welsh energy sector

Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP, Secretary of State for Wales

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

12.05 - 12.15

The regulator’s role

Maxine Frerk, Interim Senior Partner, Smarter Grids and Governance: Distribution, Ofgem

 

 

12.15 - 13.05

Wales as an attractive place for energy investment - skills, planning and developing supply chains

What are the central challenges to be overcome in order to encourage greater investment in the Welsh energy sector? What policy steps should government take to help develop the nuclear supply chain in light of the proposals to develop a nuclear site at Wylfa? In what ways can the involvement of local companies and businesses in large energy infrastructure projects such as the nuclear plant or the construction of a tidal lagoon in the Severn estuary be encouraged and facilitated? How can the potential benefits of these large-scale energy projects be maximised for local communities in a sustainable way? What more needs to be done to ensure that Wales has the necessary skills to benefit from large infrastructure projects? How can the success of the Anglesey Enterprise Zone in establishing the island as a centre for energy research and production be replicated in other areas of Wales? What steps should be taken to ensure a leading position for Wales in the development and implementation of innovative energy technologies? 

Sam White, Senior Consultant, Miller Research and Author, Skills Needs Research in the Energy Sector in Wales

Dr John Rhys, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute of Energy Studies, University of Oxford

Jonathan Wilkinson, Chairman,  Montgomeryshire Against Pylons

Benjamin Russell, Head of Policy and External Affairs, Horizon Nuclear Power

Senior representative, local authority

Questions and comments from the floor with Maxine Frerk, Interim Senior Partner,
Smarter Grids and Governance: Distribution, Ofgem

 

 

13.05 - 13.10

Chair’s and Policy Forum for Wales closing remarks

Jeff Cuthbert AM, Member, Environment & Sustainability Committee, National Assembly for Wales

Jonny Roberts, Associate Editor, Policy Forum for Wales





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