Programme - The Water Industry (in partnership with Water UK)


Topic: Clean Energy Exchange: Water
Date: Tuesday 30 March 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 
Location: Virtual

Tackling climate change is at the top of the public agenda. All sectors are focusing on reducing their carbon footprint and removing carbon from their business operations and processes. The Water industry has also turned its sights to the opportunities of clean energy procurement to join in the fight to reach net zero and to reduce costs in the process. With a target of delivering 3GW from onshore renewables by 2030, the Water industry is set for significant developments in clean energy procurement in the years to come.    


30 March 2021: Water
 10:00 - 11:30

Welcome and Plenary  


  • Isabel DiVanna, Executive Director, Commercial and Customer Experience, RenewableUKIsabel DiVanna photo1

    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.

  • Jennifer Keogh, Senior Associate, DLA PiperJennifer Keogh photo

    Jennifer is a Senior Associate in DLA Piper’s renewable energy team and specialises in corporate PPAs. Jennifer has spent recent years helping clients achieve their sustainability aims and is currently advising Yorkshire Water in respect of their ongoing solar facility procurement.
  • Alex Riley, Renewable Energy Specialist, Anglian Water Services Ltd

  • John Sammon, Business Development Team Leader, Low Carbon Energy, Scottish Water Horizons
    John Sammon

    John Sammon leads the Low Carbon Energy Team within Scottish Water Horizons, having joined the business in 2015. The team are responsible for developing multi-disciplinary energy projects to directly support Scottish Water Group’s commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2040. Since 2015 the team have delivered over 30 solar PV projects, 4 wind projects, and the UK’s first sewage heat recovery projects. John has been involved in renewables since 2010, starting out in solar before moving to the small wind industry in 2012 working on Scottish Water’s wind programme on the developer side.

  • Levent Gürdenli, Partner, Weightmans Levent Gurdenli photo

 Levent is a renewable energy and decarbonisation lawyer and a partner at the law firm Weightmans. Levent helps clients put renewable MWs onto the grid and regularly advises those seeking to procure or deliver renewable power under power purchase agreements.

  • Rachael Graham, Principal Manager, Solar Business Development, EDF


The role of UK wind Energy in the PPA marketBahzad Ayoub photo crop

  • Bahzad Ayoub, Senior Analyst, Project Intelligence, RenewableUK

    Bahzad Ayoub is a Senior Analyst at RenewableUK and has over 8 years of experience working as an analyst in the Energy sector. Bahzad is responsible for the Project Intelligence Database, ensuring that the information is keep up to date and providing research and analytical data to members with regards to the offshore wind and marine energy sectors. Prior to joining RenewableUK he was an Energy Analyst at Visiongain where he was responsible for the production in depth forecasting reports on various sectors within the global energy industry. Bahzad holds a BA degree in History and Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies.


Q&A with Panellists 





Water UK

 The Water UK team engages with companies and regulators to ensure customers receive high quality tap water at a reasonable price and that our environment is protected and improved.



 Weightmans provide commercially focused legal advice from a team of sector experts that understand the new energy landscape that is being created as we transition to an increasingly low carbon, smarter and de-centralised energy system. Our multi-disciplinary team can advise you across a wide range of areas in order to take advantage of the many and varied opportunities created by energy market regulation, policy and market drivers.






Why attend?

  • To learn from successful case studies in the industry
  • To explore benefits of power purchase agreements including local community investment and engagement, contract terms and prices, variable consumption volumes and more
  • To learn more about how to ensure regulatory compliance when it comes to reducing carbon emissions
  • To consider what you need to know before embarking on this journey

Are you interested in speaking at this event? Please contact the team