The Energy Institute’s new conference, Powering Net Zero, is designed to discuss ways in which clean electricity and electrification will be essential in reducing emissions globally to net zero.

EI LIVE Free Webinar | Maximising System Value of the Energy Transition
21 January 2021, 15:00 - 16:45 GMT

Registration closes at 17:00 GMT on 20 January 2021

The traditional focus on the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) can no longer be the sole driving criteria for decision making on solutions to accelerate economic growth and a clean energy transition. The system value framework, developed by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with Accenture, more holistically evaluates economic, environmental, social, and technical outcomes of potential energy solutions. The framework aims to shift political and commercial focus beyond cost to include value. Policies, investments, and solutions can be evaluated to assess their impact on the outcomes that the electricity system of the future should support.

To demonstrate the framework, analyses were carried out across multiple diverse markets across the globe. While recovery solution areas differ by market, the framework enabled a holistic comparison of solutions across all contexts. In this webinar, the speakers will share how the system value framework was used to propose clean energy solutions in India, Europe, and the United States that would deliver the most important outcomes - maximising the most important system value elements - for these markets.

Webinar sponsors:


15:00 - Welcome from the chair
Melissa Stark FEI, Managing Director, Global Renewables and Energy Transition Lead, Accenture

15:10 - Welcome from the EI
Louise Kingham OBE FEI, Chief Executive, Energy Institute

15:17 - System value and path

  • Kristen Panerali, Head of Electricity Industry, World Economic Forum
  • Stephanie Jamison, Senior Managing Director, Global Utilities Lead, Accenture

15:42 - Applying the framework insights into:
- India
- Europe
- America

  • Harmeet Bawa, Global Head of Government and Institutional Relations, Hitachi ABB Power Grids
  • Francesca Gostinelli, Head of Group Strategy, Economics and Scenario Planning, Enel
  • Lisa Larroque Alexander, SVP – Corporate Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, Sempra Energy

16:17 - Q&A

16:42 - Summary from the chair
Melissa Stark FEI, Managing Director, Global Renewables and Energy Transition Lead, Accenture

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EL LIVE Free Webinar | Hydrogen and the new era for clean energy
21 April 2021, 14:00 - 15:15 BST

Registration closes at 17:00 BST on 20 April 2021

During this webinar, you will hear from industry experts debating the future of hydrogen and its position in a net zero economy, whilst sharing their insights on:

  • Could 2021 mark a turning point for hydrogen?
  • COVID-19 Recovery - is this the time to invest in creating the infrastructure needed for a hydrogen economy?
  • Green vs blue?
  • Teesside and Humber industrial clusters for UK and their plans for becoming net zero
  • Understanding the feasibility of hydrogen in comparison to the alternatives

Webinar sponsors:

14:00 - Welcome from the chair and insights into EI’s hydrogen guide
Daniel de Wijze, Energy Analyst, Energy Institute

14:10 - The future of hydrogen: opportunities and challenges
Kristen Panerali, Head of Electricity Industry, World Economic Forum 

  • What percentage of the world’s final energy demands and CO2 abatement required to limit global warming could be met by hydrogen?
  • Paths to hydrogen, (green vs. blue) competitiveness, and its cost
  • Could stimulus packages help hydrogen momentum to continue in a post COVID-19 crisis?
  • How can the deploying of CCUS (blue) and electrolysis (green) accelerate hydrogen uptake?
  • Could 2021 mark a turning point for the global clean energy with hydrogen at its core?
  • Identifying the right innovative financing scheme and policy framework
  • COVID-19 Recovery - is this the time to invest in creating the infrastructure needed for a hydrogen economy?
  • Understanding the feasibility of hydrogen in comparison to the alternatives

14:30 - What are the fundamental differences between green and blue hydrogen?
Steve Hargreaves, Director of Strategy & Energy System Economics, EDF Energy 

  • How can deploying CCUS (blue) and hydrogen from low carbon generation (green) accelerate hydrogen uptake?
  • Paths to hydrogen (green vs. blue)
  • What solutions do they offer for transport, heating and industry?
  • The cost, logistic and market offering of green and blue – who has the competitive advantage?
  • Green vs blue – which could spur a green recovery post COVID-19?

14:45 - Innovative regions, industrial and homes
Helen McColm, Head of Cross-Cutting Innovation, Science and Innovation for Climate and Energy (SICE), Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) 

  • Zero carbon Humber
  • Teeside (blue hydrogen, although Humber has green later)
  • Considerations around heating infrastructure
  • What are the benefits to support consumers with the switchover?
  • Hydrogen’s role in domestic homes

15:00 - Q&A

15:20 - Summary from the chair and closing remarks
Daniel de Wijze, Energy Analyst, Energy Institute

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Powering Net Zero 2021 Conference

Register for the conference on 6 October 2021

Delivering net zero
Climate change is one of the greatest global challenges of our decade, costing lives and impacting our plant around the world.  Many countries and businesses are leading the way with bold commitments to reach net zero by 2050 and reducing emissions significantly by 2030. Additionally, many new policies will be introduced to tackle climate change in the lead up to UN’s COP26 climate talks. However, achieving decarbonisation may be easier for some countries and businesses than others, with many counting on major advances in technologies, innovation, support, and collaboration to achieve this ambitious goal.

This conference, hosted by the Energy Institute, will provide insight into how businesses and countries are making net zero into a reality, whilst showcasing their achievements so far and where efforts still need ramping up and what further actions still need addressing at COP26 to drive a further acceleration.

Attend this timely event to:

  • Hear from expert speakers excelling in this area
  • Gain key insights into the policies, technologies and people needed to reach net zero
  • Network with professionals from across the energy sector


What will a net zero energy system look like?

  • Delivering a just and inclusive energy transition
  • How can the world reach net zero by 2050?
  • The ten-point plan for a greener revolution
  • Prospects for the European Green Deal
  • The road to COP26
  • What has COVID-19 cost the climate?


Demand in a net zero future

  • What does net zero mean for cities?
  • Insights into net zero homes
  • The potential for achieving net zero in the industrial and commercial sectors
  • Decarbonising transport in the road to net zero
  • Decarbonising heat
  • Energy efficiency
  • Demand Optimisation (and following supply, e.g., 24/7 carbon free)


Demand Deep dive: Let’s hear from the consumers

  • Visualising a responsible consumer
  • Climate change – who do consumers think are responsible
  • Consumers attitudes to decarbonisation
  • Are consumers willing to take action?
  • Are they willing to pay towards it?
  • Just transition – bringing everyone together in the journey
  • The function of demand in tariff design – energy system resilience


Energy supply in a net zero future

  • Wind and solar expansion- how far can wind and solar go?
  • The role of nuclear energy in achieving net zero
  • The role of CCS in achieving net zero
  • The role of wind and solar in supporting grid flexibility and reliability
  • Rise of hybrid plants, batteries, other energy storage, and integrated solutions
  • Zero carbon hydrogen at scale – is it achievable?


An integrated energy system approach to decarbonisation

  • Integrating variables renewables into the electricity system
  • Integrating electric vehicles, rooftop solar, and other distributed energy resources
  • Power reform and transforming the grid’s strategy
  • Infrastructure projects, such as electricity, gas, and CCS that are delivering a greener future
  • Digitalisation
  • Creating a flexible and integrated energy system

Confirmed speaker: Lisa Larroque Alexander, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, and Chief Sustainability


  • Member - £250
  • Company Member - £300
  • Non-Member - £350

Registration closes at 17:00 BST on 5 October 2021.

If you are a company member, please email for the promo code needed book your place - members and non-members can book online.

New bookers: after creating an account with the Energy Institute, you will receive a verification email before you can book. If you do not receive this, please contact to validate your account.

6 October 2021


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Conference summary

The conference will take a global perspective on the range of technologies and the interplay between them. This includes renewable and nuclear power generation, CCUS, electric or fuel cell electric (hydrogen) vehicles, and for heating, the use of heat-pumps, hydrogen, energy efficiency and demand management technologies. Many medium pressure industrial processes can also be converted to use electric furnaces rather than gas.

Welcome from the chair

Welcome from the Energy Institute

A scene setter from the Committee on Climate Change and moderated discussion

  • Leadership Panel Discussion/Interview
  • Challenges, scale of the problem and potential solutions
  • Decarbonisation of the electricity
  • Electricity of heating, transport, and power
  • How is electricity stepping up?
  • Upgrade the network
  • Hydrogen and biogas

The customer perspective

  • Insights into new business models – how does demand need to change
  • Residential consumers and changing consumer behaviours
  • Industrial, Commercial/Retail and Data Centres
  • Cities and Local area energy systems – local authorities
  • Buildings
  • Transport
  • Heating and cooling

Generation, interconnections, and storage

  • How do you make choice, demand changes, how do we meet the challenges?
  • Overcoming the challenges – impacts to overcoming – technical toolkit – how do you do it in affordable manner?
  • Constraints – what can be the maximum you can be – capacity you can build – role of producing it
  • Debate: what makes more sense, what the future mix would be like, interplay between them, unlocking business models

Networks - Distribution, Transmission

  • How does the distribution network change with DER?
  • How to integrate high % intermittent renewables?
  • T&D interface - ESO-DSO interaction
  • The impact of digitalisation
  • How it all works together
  • How does the grid and the system need to change and what progress has been made to date?
  • Investment and infrastructure
  • Flexible generation and storage

Regulation, policy, and initiatives

  • What does government need to do to support zero carbon?
  • How does the regulatory framework need to evolve?
  • Examples of initiatives and policies and changes needed?
  • The role for CCUS and nuclear
  • Role of hydrogen
  • Digitalisation
  • Sector coupling – electricity / heat / transport etc.
  • Demonstration at scale
  • Role of nuclear

How can we achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions?

Summary from the chair and closing remarks

End of conference

What does a net zero system look like?

Insights into short, medium and long-term future trends

What fundamental changes are needed to transform the electricity system?

The consumer perspective: what new business models, services, products, incentives or regulation would support the changes required in customer behaviour/demand?

What is the broader role of technology to drive the transformation?

What is the pathway and future requirements to increasing onshore and offshore wind and solar on the system?

What role will hydrogen, nuclear, and carbon capture storage (CCS) play?

What changes are needed in the network – transmission and distribution?

What infrastructure and investment is required?

What regulation, policies and initiatives must follow?

Who should attend

RE 100 Companies in the RE100
Net Zero Attend 1 Offshore wind companies
Net Zero Attend 2 Oil & gas companies
Net Zero Attend 3 Trading companies

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