Programme & Speakers                                          #ReSourceUK 

Technology Sector in partnership with techUK 

What are technology companies doing to address the challenges of climate change and ensure their customers value their brand? Come hear from leaders in the tech field about their experiences in sourcing clean energy through the various forms of PPA contracts available in the UK and abroad.

 Monday 21 September
13:00-13:05
welcome
13:05-14:30
Presentations & Panel Discussions 

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

  Chair:

Chris Hewett, CEO, Solar Trade Association 

Chris has 25 years’ experience in advocacy, policy research, thought leadership and campaigning on a wide variety of sustainability, energy and environmental issues. He was Head of Climate Change for the Environment Agency, providing advice to Government on climate change mitigation and adaptation. He has worked for a number of leading NGOs & government agencies, including successful advocacy for the Green Investment Bank at Green Alliance, global aviation research for the Committee on Climate Change, and more recently leading policy and advocacy for the Finance Innovation Lab.

             Presentation:

Green Recovery Context - How is global business responding to the need for a green recovery in the context of the Covid induced economic slowdown?

Aleksandra Klassen, Impact Manager, RE100

Aleksandra oversees RE100’s international operations, focusing on convening businesses and partners to build markets for corporate sourcing of renewables. She first got involved in the energy industry through publishing market intelligence reports in seven countries across South East Asia, Northern Europe and the Middle East. At the UK Solar Trade Association, she worked across PV and energy storage policy as well as business development. Aleksandra holds a Master of Science in Energy, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School. Her research there on the application of market-based, off-grid solar PV solutions in refugee camps earned her a UK graduate start-up scheme.

Presentation:

PPA Market Overview - Market intelligence from EY’s UK Corporate Renewables Network

Phil Dominy, Director - Corporate Finance, EY

Phil Dominy is a Director in a dedicated market-leading team at EY, of over 30 energy specialists in strategy and corporate finance, based in London. Phil is passionate about fighting climate change through an increased uptake of renewable energy, and helping large companies do the right thing. He is a leading expert in developing renewable energy strategies, together with originating and negotiating long-term PPAs for large corporates in multiple countries around the world, including the UK, US, India, Mexico, Australia, South Africa, Thailand, Ireland, France, Portugal, Spain and elsewhere in Europe. Phil is also well recognised in the renewables sector for his role as Senior Advisor for EY’s Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Indices. This established bi-annual publication provides a view on the attractiveness for investment in 40 countries across the world.

Presentation & Panellist:

Costs trends in renewables related to PPAs

Benjamin Collie, Principal, Aurora

Benjamin is part of the Commissioned Projects team at Aurora Energy Research.  His work in renewables has included supporting equity and debt transactions, forecasting network charges, and modelling scenarios for achieving net zero emissions in the UK and globally.  Before joining Aurora, Benjamin worked at management consultancy Oliver Wyman, where he began his career in 2010.

Presentation & Panellist:

Getting PPAs over the line

Luca Pedretti, COO & Co-Founder, Pexapark 

Luca has over 10 years of experience in building successful renewable offtake businesses. He has structured and managed energy off-take agreements from renewable energy sources of more than 3,000 MW. Prior to co-founding Pexapark, Luca spent 10 years at Axpo Trading, with the last 4 years spent as Head Origination. Luca has also spent time working overseas in Indonesia providing advisory on microfinance. Luca holds a Master in International Politics and Governance from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Luca is passionate about renewable energy and risk management and secretly writes blog posts about it.

Panellist:

Susanne Baker, Associate Director, techUK 

Susanne Baker is associate director for climate, environment and sustainability at techUK, the business organisation for the UK’s technology sector. She is a board member of the High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute and is chair of the board of directors for JTAC, the not-for-profit company that runs Material Change which is working to make recycling of electricals easier. Before joining techUK, Susanne worked for MakeUK, the manufacturers association and the environmental business journal, The ENDS Report. She is a Fellow of the RSA and a graduate of Kings College London and is a regular judge for the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards, the BusinessGreen Clean Tech Awards and the Edie Sustainability Leaders Awards.

Panellist:

Caroline Gilpin, PPA Origination Manager , RES

Caroline is responsible for identifying and inaugurating PPAs in the European energy markets for RES, a global wind, solar and storage developer and operator.  As a manager in a global PPA team of 16 PPA specialists in Europe, Australia, USA and Canada, she has experience of over 1.7GW PPAs across these markets. She is passionate about green energy and the positive benefit a PPA partnership brings.  Caroline has over seven years of experience in the renewable energy sector in various project development, asset management and client facing roles.  Prior to RES, she worked for 10 years in the aerospace service operations business at Rolls-Royce plc.

Panellist:

 Natasha Luther-Jones, Partner, Global Co-Chair of Energy and Natural Resources and International Co-Head, Sustainability and ESG, DLA Piper

Natasha Luther-Jones is a Partner and Global Co-Chair of Energy and Natural Resources at DLA Piper. She specialises in renewable energy advising developers, EPC and O&M contractors, funders, purchasers, sellers, equity investors and off-takers. A key part of Natasha’s practice is advising corporate off-takers, generators and funders on Corporate Power Purchase Agreements. She has been involved in Corporate Power Purchase Agreements with high profile companies in the telecoms, IT, banking, retail, chemical, beverage and consumer sectors. She advised AB InBev on a synthetic PPA with Lightsource BP as part of the UK’s biggest ever unsubsidised solar power deal. Natasha is recognised in The Legal Power List 2018 as one of the top 15 most influential lawyers globally. The independent legal sector rankings from Legal 500 2019/20 ranked her as a 'Leading Individual' in London: Power (including Electricity, Nuclear and Renewables) and her team were awarded ‘Projects, Energy & Natural Resources, Firm of the Year’ from Legal 500 UK Awards 2020.

14:15-14:30

Further Panel discussion & Q&A with delegates
14:30
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