8th – 10th February 2016


"Harnessing experience and unleashing innovation for customers and communities"

Monday 8th February 2016

17.30 - 19.30

Advance registration available in the reception area of The Merchant Hotel


Informal drinks and dinner in Bert’s Jazz Bar, The Merchant Hotel

Tuesday 9th February 2016


Coaches depart from The Merchant Hotel to Titanic Belfast

08.30 - 08.50

Registration and Exhibition open with tea and coffee

From 09.00 - 09.10

Official Welcome

Peter Cunningham, Managing Director, Kelvatek Ltd
Nicholas Tarrant, Managing Director, Northern Ireland Energy Networks

Conference Chairperson Mike Kay, Chairman of the Acumen 2016 Programme Committee

09.10 - 09.30

Keynote Address 1

Gareth Blaney, Commissioner, Commission for Energy Regulation, Ireland

From 09.30 - 10.45

Session 1 – Politics & Economics: Storm clouds or sunshine?

Session Chair – Frank Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Power Energy Networks

This session will address the uncertain world we live and work in, specifically political initiatives, in the UK or devolved areas, and from Europe. Energy is not in a vacuum and it is not just energy policy developments that will have effects on energy businesses. What do the terms “smart grids” and “system operation” mean to policy makers and legislators and will they be mandating approaches?

1 - Geoffrey Spence, Chief Executive, Infrastructure UK

2 - Nick Winser CBE, Chairman of Energy Systems Catapult

2 - Theodor Connor, Strategic Relationship Manager, Siemens & Chairman of CIRED 2015

10.45 - 11.15

Morning break

Morning break with an opportunity to network with delegates and view the exhibition stands

11.15 - 11.40

Session 1 continued

4 - Maxine Frerk, Acting Senior Partner for Networks, Ofgem

11.40 - 12.30

Panel discussion 1

Panel Chair – Colin Nicol, Managing Director, Scottish and Southern Energy
A panel discussion with the speakers from the morning session

12.30 - 13.30


Lunch with an opportunity to network with delegates and view the exhibition stands

13.30 - 13.55

Keynote Address 2

Philip Wolfe MBE – Non-Executive Director of West Mill Solar Co-operative and renewable energy pioneer

13.55 - 15.00

Session 2a – Communities, Customers & Expectations

Session Chair – Professor Phil Taylor, Director, Newcastle University, Institute for Sustainability

This session is about social trends in general and in particular how they will affect the energy sector in the medium term. What steps are the leading companies taking in terms of community energy? What is the direction of travel for the Internet of Things and how might it affect the energy sector?

What is, or is about to be, happening beyond the meter? How will customers’ legitimate expectations, the innovation in domestic services by others, and smart metering change the demands on the sector as we know it?

1 – Audrey Gallagher, Director of Energy Supply, Energy UK

2 – Dr Mary Gillie, Energy Local

3 – Peter Capener, Chair, Bath & West Community Energy

4 – Professor Peter Grindrod Professor, University of Oxford, Mathematical Institute

5 – Stefan Webb, City Project Developer, Future Cities Catapult

15.00 - 15.30

Afternoon Break with an opportunity to network with delegates and view the exhibiton stands

15.30 - 15.50

Session 2a continuation

6 – Colin Henry, Head of Automation Systems, Siemens Digital Grid

7 – Louise Wilson, Co-founder and Joint Managing Director, Abundance Generation

15.50 - 16.50

Panel Discussion 2

Panel Chair - Professor Phil Taylor, Director, Institute for Sustainability, Newcastle University

17.00 - 17.45

Welcome reception onboard the SS Nomadic docked beside the Titanic Belfast


Coaches depart from Titanic Belfast to delegate hotels


Coaches depart from delegate hotels to Belfast Harbour Commissioners


Guests arrive at Belfast Harbour Commissioners to be welcomed at a drinks reception


Guests are seated for dinner – entertainment throughout


Coaches depart from Belfast Harbour Commissioners to delegate hotels

Wednesday 10th February 2016


Coaches depart from The Merchant Hotel to Titanic Belfast

08.45 - 09.05

Keynote Address 3

Pat O’Doherty, Chief Executive, Electricity Supply Board, Ireland

09.05 - 10.30

Session 3 – Storage and other disruptions for networks

Session Chair: Basil Scarsella, Chief Executive Officer, UK Power Networks

This session recognizes the challenges for the network business, and their supply chains, from new technology, business developments and customer requirements and expectations.

1 – Simon Daniel, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Moixa Energy Holdings

2 – Brendan McGrath, Group Chief Executive Officer, Gaelectric Holdings plc

3 – Wanda Reder, Chief Strategy Officer, S&C Electric

4 – Duncan Botting, Director, European Utilities Telecom Council


Morning break

Morning break with an opportunity to network with delegates and view the exhibition stands

10.55 - 11.35

Session 3 Continued

Session Chair - Basil Scarsella, Chief Executive Officer, UK Power Networks

A panel discussion with the speakers from the morning session

11.35 - 12.35

Session 4 – Energy - A personal vision

Session Chair – Graham Ault, Co-Founder & Development Director, Smarter Grid Solutions

An opportunity to hear three views of the future energy landscape from senior players in the vendor and network communities

1 – Frédéric Godemel, Senior Vice President, Schneider Electric

2 – Dr Phil Jones, Chief Executive, Northern Powergrid

3 – Niall Mills, Partner and Head of Infrastructure Asset Management, First State Investments

12.35 - 13.15


13.15 - 15.00

Session 5 – Network businesses - new opportunities

Session Chair - Phil Swift, Operations Director, Western Power Distribution

What will transform energy businesses between now and the 2020s? What will need to be undertaken at scale before the next price controls are designed and agreed?

Could there be new value for network businesses in changes to business models? What roles might a 'DSO' deliver as the power system changes its character and customers and communities develop new expectations? Thoughts for next steps.

1 – Steve Cox, Head of Engineering, Electricity North West

2 – Dr Peter Bance, Chief Executive Officer, Origami Energy

3 – Stephen Burdis, Account Director, GE Grid Solutions

4 – Phil Sheppard, Director of System Operation, National Grid

5 – John Scott, Director, Chiltern Power & Vice Chairman of the Acumen 2016 Programme Committee

15.00 - 15.15

Combined Q&A Session


Conference Closing

Peter Cunningham, Managing Director, Kelvatek Ltd.




Optional visit to the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction which is a much acclaimed tribute to Belfast's maritime heritage on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard in the city's Titanic Quarter

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