Posted: 23 July 2013

FES challenge

Delegates at the 2013 Future Energy Scenarios conference offer their thoughts on the energy challenges ahead.
FES Conference delegates

FES Conference delegates

Andy Scott, Strategy Manager UK – Europe, GDF Suez

“I work in a strategic area of the business, which for example involves forecasting UK and European markets in terms of the demand picture.

“Engagement is vitally important in an industry such as ours where there are so many divergent views. I have been very impressed with the level of details in the FES presentations, which is exactly what I was looking for. The projections also reflect some of our own analysis, which is reassuring.”

Ann Gardiner, Unit Manager, Power Systems and Markets, Ecofys UK

“I work for a sustainable energy consultancy so the subject matter of this event is very much in line with what we do. It’s my first time here and I’m looking to understand the demand projections and how every part of the scenarios fit together. I like the fact that there are so many different companies and bodies represented.”

Bob Foley, Head of Renewables, Brookfield Utilities UK

“Our customers are mainly national housebuilders, so I’m particularly interested in the issue of decarbonisation and the choices that will be need to be made on the energy going into properties in the future. The value of this event to me is that it provides a long-term perspective and sets out where National Grid, as the system operator, sees demand and supply patterns going.”

Gary Swandells, Director, Smart Grid Consultancy

“The issues being discussed here affect all of us, which is why there is such a broad range of stakeholders from the regulator and DECC through to big business. From a business perspective it has a bearing on the bottom line but also the risk profile, the investment models and even whether businesses are willing to invest in the UK at all.

“I see this as the start of an important roadmap towards 2050 and ultimately we’re talking about the energy strategy for our lifetime.”

FES Conference delegates

FES Conference delegates

Leon Freris, Retired Professor of Renewable Energy, Loughborough University

“One of the messages I took from today was that there is much less concern about possibility of a major interruption in power supply due to a lack of capacity.

“On a more general note, one of the things I find striking is the uncertainty relating to policy making in this country. In Germany, for example, there are inter-party committees dealing with energy issues so it does not have the same relevance who is in government at any one time. Greater cross-party co-operation would benefit everyone.”

Tony Dicicco, Policy and Economics Manager, Energy Technologies Institute

“National Grid has a central role in the industry and, because of this, has access to a lot of key data and information. This means that the Future Energy Scenarios document is an important source of information for the wider audience here today.

“Having listened to the presentations, the scenarios presented are realistic and reasonable – not overly rosy but not pessimistic either. I’m fairly confident that the lights are going to stay on, even if reserve margins will get tighter.”

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“The scenarios presented are realistic and reasonable – not overly rosy but not pessimistic either.”

Tony Dicicco, Policy and Economics Manager, Energy Technologies Institute