Overcoming the connections crisis: lessons from abroad

Event Date: 02/11/2023 2:30 pm

Overcoming the connections crisis: lessons from abroad

The biggest challenge facing the UK’s networks and their partners in delivering the energy transition is the unprecedented and ever-growing queue for new connections. How can innovative practical approaches manage the queue and get low carbon technologies and new sources of electricity demand onto the grid in time to meet the UK’s net zero targets?

Utility Week, in association with energy advisors Baringa, is hosting a webinar showcasing international best practice. Join us on 2nd November 2023 at 2:30pm to:

  • Hear international lessons learnt from innovations in managing and accelerating connections
  • Understand their practical applications to the UK market
  • Get expert advice and market insight from Baringa and network leaders outside the UK


14:30    Welcome from the chair

Ben Hargreaves, head of content, Utility Week

14:35    The connections crisis

Providing an overview of the current situation in the UK against the global landscape.


Katherine Kerr, expert in energy networks, Baringa

14:50   Connections policy in Europe

Providing examples from across Europe on the biggest painpoints for developers and sharing best processes to enourage investment and lessons for the UK market to consider


Cristina García Bajo, grid connection manager for Europe N&C, Iberdrola Renewables

15:05     Managing the challenges of the energy transition

Offshore targets, amount of grid connection system projects and other challenges on the road to carbon neutrality

Strategic approach for an effective contribution to the energy transition


Dr Sven-Brian Müller, 2GW program manager – large projects offshore, TenneT

15:20 Creating capacity: De-electrifying the energy system through power-to-gas conversion in electricity abundant areas

Maximizing renewable energy production, relieving the power grid and minimizing societal costs and impact

Driving a whole systems approach and re-using byproducts of heat and oxygen


Arjen Jongepier, energy system strategist, Stedin

15:35    Question and answer panel

15:50    Applying international best practice to the UK market

Sharing key take aways from the panel that can be applied to the UK network to help increase capacity.


Alexis Storey, expert in energy networks, Baringa


16:00    Close of webinar