WEET policy conference - UK retail energy markets - next steps for sector modernisation, decarbonisation, regulation, and customer value and new services - Ofgem keynote - Thursday, 11th March 2021

Key areas for discussion:

  • meeting a range of key policy goals - the optimal policy approach to supporting business confidence, service innovation, network modernisation, consumer protection, and decarbonisation

  • priorities for code and regulatory reform:

    • delivering modernisation - enabling the grid to integrate low-carbon sources of supply and to more effectively balance supply and demand
    • consumer benefits - translating flexibility and operational gains to lower customer bills
    • regulatory reform:
      • joint working - fostering increased cooperation between policymakers and industry
      • industry codes - giving administrators powers to resolve supplier issues more quickly
      • bureaucracy - reducing the administrative costs passed to energy users

  • improving consumer services:
    • responding to user behavioural change - developments in tariff design and smart cost-reduction solutions
    • COVID-19 - latest thinking on policy support, establishing stable and resilient business models, and mitigating risks to services for consumers
    • retail market reform - including options for:
      • reducing entry barriers and increasing competitiveness
      • utilising more low-carbon sources of supply and increasing reliability, cost effectiveness, and decarbonisation
    • household bills - addressing barriers to their reduction, looking at the future of both supplier responsibilities and driving forward energy efficiency improvements

  • energy system optimisation:
    • smart energy modernisation - facilitating introduction of innovative technology, and where development should be focused to maximise benefit for the market, retailers and consumers
    • a smart market platform - further digitising retail, connecting generation assets to the digital grid, and pairing together generators, suppliers, and consumers for trading
    • household and demand-side energy management - including options for:
      • smart meter rollout - including increasing supplier commitments
      • demand-side response - enabling network operators to scale up capabilities
    • distributed energy resources:
      • grid connections - supporting energy storage and generation and non-generation integration, and reducing regulatory burdens
      • small-scale generators - latest thinking on design of attractive export tariffs
      • integration - priorities for implementing systems capable of managing distributed and diverse energy flows


This is CPD certified (
more details). Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Lords, and officials from the Department for International Trade and The Scottish Government. Also due to attend are representatives from EY and University of Cambridge.

A press pass has been reserved by a representative from Faversham House.

Overall, we expect further speakers and other delegates to be an informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with other stakeholders from across the energy sector including energy companies and their advisors, consumer bodies, environmental groups, community enterprises, investment firms, technology platforms, law firms, researchers from academia and higher education, as well as reporters from the national and specialist media.

Booking arrangements
This is a full-scale conference taking place online*** 

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!
  • video recordings - including slides - are also available to purchase

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

To book places, please use our online booking form.

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

You can also 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.

Options and charges are as follows:

  • Access to Next steps for retail energy markets in the UK - sector modernisation, decarbonisation, regulation, and delivering value and new services for customers (plus a permanent record of proceedings) is £190 plus VAT per delegate;
  • Concessionary rate places for small charities, unfunded individuals and those in similar circumstances are £85 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.

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