Programme & Speakers                                          #ReSourceUK 

Wednesday 18 November - public sector

RenewableUK and the Solar Trade Association are delighted to launch the third and final RE-Source UK Virtual event of 2020, focusing on public sector PPAs.

Solar and wind power are now cheaper than new gas fired generation; the UK Government is committed to ensuring that all domestic homes are powered by green energy by 2030. Businesses have started to mobilise to power their operations and business and industrial processes with clean energy. But what about public sector buildings? What needs to happen to extend this opportunity and the savings to the public sector?

RE-Source UK Virtual on 18 November will focus on the growth of clean energy in the public sector, tackling the challenges of today so we can pave the way to PPAs in the short-, medium- and long-term. Case studies and pannelists will address:

*            What clean energy sourcing options are there for different public sector organisations

*            How to upskill and cross skill, building competencies and capacity to handle this more complex procurement

*            How to budget for it, considering long-term investment and gains

*            How to work in aggregate models which will help deliver scale and capacity to negotiate these contracts

*            Risk reduction and long-term pricing strategies

*            Public sector procurement challenges and engaging stakeholders

The virtual event will bring together leading providers of clean energy, their experience of multiple types of PPAs in the UK and Europe, and public sector organisations interested in learning more, to both influence their organisations and plan for the future.

18 November: Public Sector
 13:00 - 14:30
Welcome and Plenary 

Latest trends in the UK PPA market and lessons learnt from sector leaders

  • Isabel DiVanna, Executive Director, Commercial and Customer Experience, RenewableUK

Isabel leads on commercial strategy for income generation - both membership and events – at RenewableUK. Before joining RenewableUK, Isabel headed up commercial and members services at the Bar Council (the professional body for barristers), at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (a foreign affairs and defence think tank), and led on business development and partnerships at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, where she worked with FTSE 100 companies on corporate leadership programmes for the C-suite.

Green Recovery Context
  • Jason Torrance, Policy Director, UK100 

Jason Torrance is a third sector Director with 30 years’ experience of directing effective public policy initiatives, creating influential programmes and delivering strategic impact. He is a respected partnership convener who has used entrepreneurial approaches to build relationships within organisations, at high levels in Government, and with a wide array of cross sector partners to deliver on-the-ground change and long-term impact. Most recently he led work that delivered two National Clean Air Summit's in June 2018 and February 2019 and an International Clean Air Summit in October 2019. He has previously held roles as Campaigns Director at the Campaign for Better Transport, Policy Director at Sustrans and Co-chair of Stakeholder Advisory Group at Highways England before joining UK100 in April 2018.                                       

Renewables procurement overview
  • Nigel Hartnup, Director of Energy, Laser Energy

Nigel is responsible for the sustainable growth and success of the Commercial Services Group’s LASER and Lumina energy businesses, owned by Kent County Council. His background is in energy markets and procurement, where he has assisted major public and private sector organisations to develop and implement efficient ways of controlling and reducing their energy spend.  Nigel previously worked as Principal Consultant Head of Energy and Carbon Markets for Energetics’ Pty Ltd, Australia’s leading energy and environmental consultancy. He has worked at Board and Chief Executive level with a number of Australian Stock Exchange listed companies to manage a procurement portfolio of electricity, natural gas, liquid fuels, GreenPower, Power Purchase Agreements and carbon offsets worth in excess of $1bn per annum.

  • Kane Stockwell, Low Carbon Contracting Lead, Laser Energy

Kane has led on putting in place major public sector energy supply frameworks and managing large electricity and gas portfolios. His latest role see him putting in place compliant routes-to-market to procure low carbon energy and energy-related services.

New PPA Case study
  • James Rooke, Head of Energy & Sustainability, City of London

    James is head of energy and sustainability for the city of London and has previously held a number of sustainability director positions in consultancy and blue chip global organisations. He is directing the delivery of the citys carbon descent plan and the Citys ambition for achieving net zero carbon across its property portfolio. James leads the Citys PPA initiative to provide cost-competitive green power to the property portfolios and also the transformation of the Citigen district heating system to a low carbon network across the square mile.
  • Natalie Evans, Responsible Business Manager – Procurement and SupplyCity of London

    Natalie Evans is Responsible Business Manager for Procurement and Supply Chains at the City of London Corporation. Her role is to ensure that goods, services and works procured by the City minimise environmental impact, maximise social value and integrate human and labour rights due diligence throughout its supply chains.
Building consortia
  • Richard Murphy, Managing Director, TEC

    A highly experienced energy professional with over 30 years’ experience in all sectors of the energy industry from supplier to buyer, Richard is a recognised expert in all aspects of the energy complex. Appointed to lead TEC in September 2012 having added procurement and public sector experience during his 4 years at Crown Commercial Services, he has established many unique features of sourcing energy through fully compliant public procurement. Richard and his team have established TEC as the recognised centre of excellence for energy procurement, principally in the HE sector and successfully combine robust risk management with sustainable energy supply and a range of services to support member energy and carbon management on a complex estate. In 2019, Richard and his team secured the first multi-consumer CPPA in the public sector in 2019 when 20 Universities, Colleges and Museums entered a 10 year deal with Statkraft. Integrity, collaboration, dedication and openness are Richard’s core principles, both in himself and in the organisation he leads.

£1bn BEIS Public decarbonisation fund
  • Hayley Veenhoven, Assistant Director of Programmes, Salix Finance
Panel Discussion & Future opportunities 
  • Richard Sanson, Head of Business Solutions, PPS

  • Taylor McKenzie, Origination & Offtake Analyst, ScottishPower

    As part of the Origination & Offtake team, Taylor is responsible for originating, negotiating and executing corporate PPAs to enable investment in ScottishPower’s extensive renewable energy development pipeline across the UK and Ireland. Taylor is highly experience in supporting large clients with their energy requirements, as well as leading innovative product development within ScottishPower.
  • Simon Holt, UK Country Manager, Voltalia

    Simon joined Voltalia in 2018 to begin work on re-energising Voltalia’s subsidy-free development pipeline. Having previously grown REG Power Management’s solar portfolio through his experiences in development, construction and asset management he was able to take Voltalia’s projects successfully through their early stages. More recently, Simon has taken the role of Country Manager in the UK and responsible for delivery of all UK business-line activities of Voltalia which include Development, Operations and Asset Ownership. Simon has been working on sourcing PPA’s for Voltalia’s pipeline projects for the last 18 months and, along with European colleagues, has begun securing the first of a new generation of Corporate PPA’s and growing a team to focus on sourcing new commercial deals.      
  • Levent Gurdenli, Partner, Weightmans

    Levent is commercial projects partner in London with extensive experience advising on projects in the renewable energy sector. Much of the work that he does relates to innovations in that field.The energy sector is in a state of flux as we transition to an increasingly low carbon, smart and decentralised energy system. Levent helps clients to navigate this new energy landscape, advising on a wide range of projects in order to commercialise opportunities created by energy market regulation, policy and market drivers. The first part of his practice involves advising funders, developers and contractors in connection with the development, acquisition and/or disposal of renewable generation assets, including solar, wind, energy from waste and biomass projects. More recently this has also included projects using battery storage and corporate power purchase agreements – allowing corporations to procure renewable power directly from generators and facilitating the development of new-build subsidy-free renewable projects across the globe. The second area of Levent's practice focuses on energy management, where he helps clients to implement energy management strategies to achieve strategic priorities such as reducing their carbon footprint, reducing energy consumption and using renewable power. This includes working on energy performance contracts, on-site generation projects and advising property companies on district utility schemes for residential or mixed use developments.

Q&A with Panellists