WEETF: Retail energy markets in the UK – next steps for sector modernisation, decarbonisation, regulation, and delivering value and new services for customers

Published: 29 January 2021

Sarah Keay-Bright, Energy Systems Catapult’s Practice Manager for Policy and Regulation is delivering an address at the Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum: Retail energy markets in the UK – next steps for sector modernisation, decarbonisation, regulation, and delivering value and new services for customers on 11 March 2021.

This conference will examine the future of energy retail markets, and asses wide-ranging plans for reform to the market framework, priorities for modernisation and decarbonisation, as well as sector development, new services and value for consumer.

Sarah Keay-Bright is participating in the 11.25am-12.25pm – ‘Optimising the energy system for innovative and disruptive technology – smart energy platforms, connecting clean and distributed assets, and readying the grid for household non-generation technologies’ alongside Joanna Hubbard, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Electron; Senior representative, local energy and a senior representative from Eton.

Sarah will be drawing on ESC’s significant work on retail sector reform from a whole systems perspective and based on deep consumer insights and discussing our conclusions.

Wider sessions during the course of the session will focus on:

  • Retail energy markets in the UK and policy priorities for increasing competition, quality consumer services, and market-wide innovation
  • Energy White Paper implementation and affordability, resilience, and sustainability in the retail energy market
  • Supplier responsibilities and delivering modern and reliable services – flexible tariffs, smart household options, and meeting changing needs of consumers
  • A market that works for both consumers and retailers – business models, commercial sustainability, and operational stability into the future
  • Priorities for consumer services – widening competition, affordable bills, and support for switching
  • Policy and industry priorities for implementing energy efficiency measures in the UK, and the future of government and supplier-led schemes
  • Next steps for renewable power integration into retail energy markets, and accelerating supply-side decarbonisation
  • Ensuring electricity networks are fit for a changing market and net-zero ambitions – decarbonisation, whole-system change, and flexibility
  • Priorities and practicalities for reforming energy code systems and governance
  • Optimising the energy system for innovative and disruptive technology – smart energy platforms, connecting clean and distributed assets, and readying the grid for household non-generation technologies
  • Modernising regulation for UK energy markets that support emissions targets and consumer priorities

This event is taking place remotely via online channels. To sign up or find out more about the event, visit the Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum by clicking ‘register my place’ on the right of this page or find out more about the Catapult’s Markets, Policy and Regulation capability.