Programme

9.00 am: Registration and Exhibition Viewing. Refreshments available. (Pyramid Suite)
9.30 am: Welcome. (Amber Energy Suite)

  • Carole Morgan-Jones, Director, NEA Cymru
  • Gareth Wood, Director of Customer Service Operations, SSE
9.50 am: Setting the Scene. Introduced by Ben Saltmarsh, Development Manager, NEA Cymru

  • Housing conditions in Wales – Gowan Watkins, Head of Housing Conditions Evidence Programme, Welsh Government
  • How are Welsh households coping with debt and welfare reform? – Rebecca Woolley, Director, Citizens Advice Cymru
  • Facing the challenges ahead – Adam Scorer, Chief Executive, NEA

Followed by Q & A.

10.50 am: Ministerial Address

  • Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs
11.10 am: Refreshment break and exhibition viewing (Pyramid Suite)
11.30 am: Developing a new fuel poverty plan for Wales

This session will examine the experiences of Scotland and England in developing their new fuel poverty strategies and also consider the different definitions used across the UK.  What can Wales learn from their experiences?  Is it leading to better targeting of resources and schemes?  Delegates will also have an opportunity to find out more about the timeframe for the new strategy, as well as input their views on what should be in the strategy via a roundtable discussion.

  • Chair: Carole Morgan-Jones, Director, NEA Cymru
  • Barbara Atterson, Development Manager/Deputy Director, Energy Action Scotland
  • Peter Smith, Director of Policy and Research, NEA
  • Stephen Chamberlain, Domestic Energy Efficiency and Fuel Poverty Branch, Welsh Government

Followed by facilitated round-tables.

12.30 pm: Lunch and exhibition viewing (Pyramid Suite)
1.15 pm: Exploring the changes in energy policy: Will they deliver fairer outcomes for the most vulnerable in Wales?

This panel session will consider new initiatives to protect vulnerable customers such as the price cap and Ofgem’s refreshed Consumer Vulnerability Strategy.  Are the regulator and energy companies doing enough to protect Welsh consumers both now and in the future?

  • Chair: Adam Scorer, Chief Executive, NEA
  • Mary Starks, Executive Director of Consumers and Markets, Ofgem
  • Audrey Gallacher, Director of Retail Energy Supply, Energy UK
  • Nigel Winnan, Customer and Social Obligations Manager, Wales & West Utilities
  • Dr Rose Chard, Energy Systems Catapult

Followed by Q & A.

2.15 pm: Tackling climate change and fuel poverty: Easy bedfellows?

The UK Government’s Clean Growth Strategy has set out proposals for how the UK will move towards a cleaner low carbon future as well as delivering on its statutory fuel poverty targets. In Wales the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 sets out the approach to help Wales reduce its carbon emissions and the Welsh Government has consulted on its plans for achieving a low carbon pathway by 2030.

This panel session will explore the implications for those on low incomes in Wales, the challenges and opportunities.  How can we decarbonise and reduce energy inequality.  How will the poorest be affected? How are we going to decarbonise and where is the money coming from?

  • Chair: Peter Smith, Director of Policy and Research, NEA
  • Dr Keith MacLean, Managing Director, Providence Policy
  • Peter Smith, Director of Policy and Research, NEA
  • Chris Jofeh, Consultant, Arup and chair of the Welsh Government Advisory Group on Decarbonisation of Existing Housing
  • Robert Proctor, Business Development Manager, Community Energy Wales
  • Jonathan Oates, Head of Clean Growth, Decarbonisation and Energy Division, Welsh Government

Followed by Q & A.

3.15 pm: Refreshment break and exhibition viewing. (Pyramid Suite)
3.35 pm: Question Time: Putting fuel poverty at the heart of the agenda in Wales

  • Chair: Cathy Owens, Director, Deryn Public Affairs Agency
  • Mark Isherwood AM, Welsh Conservatives
  • Leanne Wood AM, Plaid Cymru
  • Val Billingham, Policy and Campaigns Manager, Age Cymru
  • Councillor Huw Thomas, Leader of Cardiff Council
  • David Bolton, Assets Investment Manager, Valleys to Coast Housing Association

Followed by Q & A

4.35 pm: Closing remarks

  • Adam Scorer, Chief Executive, NEA
  • Carole Morgan-Jones, Director, NEA Cymru
4.45 pm: Post conference drinks reception (Amber Energy Suite)

Join us for an end of conference drinks reception and networking in the Pyramid Suite with political commentator Cathy Owens from Deryn public affairs agency, on her thoughts on the challenges for the new First Minister of Wales.

Published on 07-02-2019
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