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In these uncertain times, we’re offering our community a way to stay connected and share ideas. Every week, we’re creating a virtual space to come together and explore the most important topics in the industry right now. very webinar is free to attend via GoToWebinar. 





Enabling energy data sharing across Europe

11 June 2020, 14:30 (BST)

Georg Rute, Head of the Smart Grid Unit, Elering
The Energy Data Access Alliance was set up to create competitive, integrated markets throughout Europe to deliver clean, affordable, and secure energy for all Europeans. Spearheaded by Elering, Estonia’s national Transmission System Operator, the alliance will address the differences in regulation and data to reduce fragmentation across national borders.
Georg Rute, Head of the Smart Grid Unit at Elering, will discuss the aims of the alliance during this webinar and focus on:
  • Overcoming the inaccessibility of consumer meter data
  • Identifying the regulations and standards needed to achieve interoperability 
  • Announcing an opportunity for startups and established companies to join a new Europe-wide pilot


    Georg Rute


How Nottingham plans to go carbon neutral by 2028

18 June 2020, 14:30 (BST)

Michael Wayne Bexton , Head of Energy Services, Nottingham City Council 
Nottingham has made the commitment to become the first carbon neutral city in the UK, reaching this target by 2028. Nottingham City Council has already reduced city wide CO2 emissions by above 41% since 2005, surpassing previous carbon reduction targets. However, the city still emitted 1.17 million tonnes of CO2 in 2017.
In this webinar, Michael Wayne Bexton will discuss the high-level objectives set out in Nottingham’s Carbon Neutral Action Plan and the projects that are contributing to achieving these objectives.


    Michael Wayne Bexton






Evaluating heat de-carbonisation technologies

28 May 2020

Kayla Ente, Founder, Brighton and Hove Energy Services Cooperative
De-carbonisation of heating lags behind the de-carbonisation of other forms of energy, and yet represents 50% of energy use and 37% of emissions. Currently, 90% of domestic heating is achieved through home gas boilers. To achieve the aims set forward in the Paris Climate Agreement, we need to transition away from natural gas-based heating and explore other technologies.
Debate remains over the best way of achieving this. Front runners include electrification through district heating and heat pumps, or greening the gas network with biomethane or hydrogen, both of which come with their own advantages and disadvantages.
Kayla Ente from the Brighton and Hove Energy Services Cooperative in Southern England will tell the story of their own journey towards decarbonising heat, and review the various technologies that BHESCo has installed to decarbonise heating in commercial properties. Some of them are quite innovative, like the SunAmp. Other technologies to be discussed are: heat networks using biomass, air conditioning, infrared heating panels, heat pumps and finally heat networks and decarbonisation of villages.


    Kayla Ente


Unlocking smart flexibility on the residential network

14 May 2020

Conor Maher-McWilliams, Head of Flexibility, Kaluza
In recent weeks, the UK’s energy system has faced varying levels of renewable generation, a wide-scale drop in demand and negative energy prices. Despite these unprecedented events, the grid has successfully adjusted to the new conditions by utilising a wide range of flexible assets. As homes become more electrified, the role of electric cars and smart heaters in supporting the grid through unpredictability is increasingly vital and will enable us to create a resilient, low carbon energy system. 
How can this be done at scale?   
Conor will showcase how Kaluza’s AI-enabled flexibility platform connects and optimises domestic devices at scale to unlock flexibility on the residential level. 


    Conor Maher-McWilliams


Life after COVID 19: entrenching carbon reduction policies into economic recovery

07 May 2020

Tanisha Beebee, Senior Policy Advisor Energy and Climate Change, Confederation of British Industry
The coronavirus pandemic has hit pause on much of society, including the political and financial progress towards de-carbonisation. Governments around the world have already made provisions to support businesses and individuals as their lives and incomes are disrupted by social distancing measures. Further financial support will be needed to bring the economy back to life. Yet how should government assistance be distributed, and can it be used to facilitate the move to more climate friendly business activities? 
In this webinar, Tanisha Beebee from the CBI will explore the impact of the coronavirus emergency on climate policy and the balancing of economic growth with the reduction of carbon emissions. 


    Tanisha Beebee, Senior Policy Advisor Energy and Climate Change, Confederation of British Industry


How will energy look in 2030? 10 predictions for the next 10 years

30 April 2020

John Armstrong, Head of City Energy, E.ON UK
If the world is to beat climate change and meet the conditions of the Paris agreement, society must see a fundamental transformation in the way we produce, distribute, and consume energy across transportation, heating, and home and business consumption of electricity. There are many ways to achieve this goal, and only time will tell whether we as a society will succeed and by what means. 
For the first of the SPARK webinar series, John Armstrong kicks off with his predictions for the future of the energy sector. He’ll look at 10 key areas which are due to see radical change. 
Is John right? Has he been too bold, or not bold enough? You can view this webinar on demand


    John Armstrong SPARK