The day was divided into two sessions:

Session one focused on those issues on the horizon for businesses in the UK: what are the CEO and CFO worrying about and where does energy fit into it? From Brexit and the competitiveness of British industry to the impact of the recent general election.
Session two was forward-looking, out to 2030. In this session we appraised the innovation and technologies that are driving forward the UK’s utilities transition and digital shift – from electric vehicles to smart grids, big data and the Internet of Things.

Click here to see the agenda from the day.


Presentations from the day

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Inenco CCO, David Cockshott gave our attendees a small preview into the latest research from Inenco on the ‘Future Utilities Manager’. How is the role of the business energy professional going to change?

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Speaker biographies


Dean van LeeuwenDean van Leeuwen | Futurologist and leading TEDx speaker
Dean Van Leeuwen, astute and accessible futurist and business speaker, has a tangible view of the future of leadership and business, which he expresses in a relatable, no-nonsense and interactive presentations, fuelled by humour and insight. A leading TEDx speaker and well-reviewed author, Dean is highly accomplished in his field.

Lee WarrenLee Warren | Behavioural psychologist
Lee Warren uses his unique background in magic, psychology and sales to teach others the secrets to being an outstanding communicator in the world of business. Lee knows that, in order to succeed at any level, it is vital to be persuasive and to connect with people.

Laura Sandys | Former MP and PPS to the Minister for Energy and Climate Change, and current CEO of Challenging Ideas
Laura Sandys, a leading TEDx speaker, runs a consultancy firm shaping new business models in the energy, food and resources sectors, using her entrepreneurial experience to find solutions to complex business challenges. When in Parliament she served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Energy and Climate Change.

James Murray | Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen
James Murray is the editor-in-chief for BusinessGreen having launched the site in October 2007. He reports daily on a wide range of green business issues, with a particular focus on low carbon policy, economics and technology and is one of the UK’s leading commentators on the low carbon economy.


Richard Tarboton | Director of Energy, EY
Richard Tarboton has over 16 years of experience in sustainability and energy sectors – a thought leader, a respected authority at board level, and a recognised speaker. Richard’s experience bridges across strategy, finance, marketing, manufacturing, supply chain operations, change management, and new product and service development.


Jonathan Graham | Head of Policy, The Association of Decentralised Energy 
Jonathan leads the Association’s policy and regulatory development, working closely with members and policymakers to promote the sustainable development of the decentralised energy sector in the UK, including through combined heat and power, district heating, and demand side energy services.




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Tomorrows Vehicle Fleet Today

The future vehicle fleet could be one of the biggest challenges on business energy infrastructure in the near future. Whilst many of the utility challenges that businesses have to overcome occur within the generation, transmission and distribution of their utilities, understanding future energy demand is actually integral to the impact of all of these challenges.

As part of the Summer Utilities Forum, Inenco brought together some of the widest distributed car manufacturers to showcase the electric and hybrid fleet to delegates during the event. To read more information on the vehicles displayed at the forum, click here.