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15th December 2020

2pm

75mins

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About this webinar:

Smart meters are a useful tool for helping households to take control of their energy use and reduce their bills, as well as being an essential component of a smarter and more flexible grid. But they also have a vital role to play in helping businesses realise the benefits of a smarter, greener and more efficient energy system.
 
The latest BusinessGreen webinar, hosted in association with Smart Energy GB, will explore how small businesses can use smart meters and accompanying technologies to both track and reduce their energy use and unlock new ways to reduce their environmental impact and make their businesses more efficient.
 
Microbusinesses, SMEs, and larger businesses alike, all have the potential to increase their use of renewable energy and tap into emerging flexible grid markets. But they can only unlock these opportunities if they have access to accurate energy use data and a clear strategy for deploying the fast emerging wave of new smart technologies.
 
Through smart meters and other smart tech, small business owners can use their smart meter data to make changes to how and when they use their energy, and can consent for their energy supplier or other third-parties to use their data to provide them with new services and products to help them better understand, manage, and reduce their energy use.
 
In future, when smart meters are integrated with other smart tech, such as electric vehicles, battery storage, and microgeneration systems, consumers and business owners will be able to make more informed choices as to when to buy and store energy, and even sell back their energy when demand is high.
 
This exclusive interactive webinar will provide an invaluable overview of how businesses can take advantage of emerging smart technologies, including best practice guidance, case studies showing how firms are already securing financial and environmental benefits from smart systems, and advice on how to develop an effective clean technology strategy.

Agenda

2:00 – 2:05
Opening remarks

James Murray, Editor-in-chief, BusinessGreen

2:05 -2:10
The Lie of the Land – an Overview of the Smart Energy Landscape

Smart Energy’s Director of Communications will give an invaluable overview of the UK’s changing energy infrastructure and the role for smart meters and other smart technologies. He will address the perceived challenges to uptake, and consider the future of smart meters amid a fast-changing landscape.
Robert Cheesewright, Director of Communications, Smart Energy GB

2:10 – 2:20
Case Study: Perspectives From a Microbusiness

This practical session will dig into the real-world story of one small business’s journey to reduce energy use, drive efficiencies and improve their sustainable contribution.
Josh Kay, Co-Founder and Director, The Syrup Room
Jamie White, Co-Founder and Director, The Syrup Room

2:20 – 3:10
Panel Session:

How and why should businesses develop a clean technology strategy? What does a good strategy look like? What will a smart meter tell you about your business’s energy consumption? Will savings outweigh implementation costs, and if so what is the timescale? Join our expert panel for an interactive session to address all this and more.
Robert Cheesewright, Director of Communications at Smart Energy GB
Daisy Cross, Head of Smart Programme, Energy UK
Rebecca Lane, Business Modelling Consultant, Energy Systems Catapult
Gemma Rippengale, ANDtr
James Dunlop, Technology Manager, Carbon Trust

Presenters

James Murray

James Murray

Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen

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James Murray is Editor-in-Chief of BusinessGreen, having launched the site in October 2007. He is responsible for BusinessGreen's leading news, opinion and analysis, and also contributes to the brand's expanding events' programme. James is one of the UK's leading commentators on the low carbon economy. He writes occasionally for The Guardian newspaper and has also reported for BBC Radio on a number of green technology stories. James reports daily on a wide range of green business issues, with a particular focus on low carbon policy, economics and technology. In March 2011, James was voted number eight in the Press Gazette's list of the top 50 environmental journalists in the UK. Prior to launching BusinessGreen, James spent five years as a technology journalist working on a variety of IT titles.

Robert Cheesewright

Robert Cheesewright

Director of Communications

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Rob has led Smart Energy GB’s Communications team since January 2018. During this time, he has overseen the organisations proactive and reactive media relations and the team’s work engaging parliamentarians, stakeholders and publishing research on the impact smart meters are having for consumers today and Britain’s energy future.

Prior to starting his current role in January 2018, Rob was the Head of Smart Metering Implementation Programme Liaison at Smart Energy GB, leading on the organisation’s interaction with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Ofgem, and the energy industry.

Before joining Smart Energy GB, Rob spent four years working in BEIS Smart Metering Implementation Programme, leading on communications and parliamentary engagement. He also held roles in the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Cabinet Office, working on domestic energy policy and public-sector reform, pay and pensions

Gemma Rippengale

Gemma Rippengale

Senior Executive, AND Technology Research

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Gemma Rippengale is a Senior Executive at AND Technology Research. With over 10 years of experience, she is well-versed in the product development cycle, and focuses primarily on devising test strategies, user testing, and quality assurance for new products being launched onto the market. Gemma speared headed the foundations of AEMS, a project backed by the UK Government, The Carbon Trust, and Ipsos MORI. She led the user research and engagement activity for the pilot, which saw the energy management tool rolled out to small and medium sized businesses across the UK. Gemma and the team are trusted by hundreds of companies and engineers all over the world, delivering ‘tech-for-good’ innovative software and electronics products with IoT, Energy, Medical and more.

Rebecca Lane

Rebecca Lane

Consultant – Business Modelling, Energy Systems Catapult

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Rebecca explores new business models in energy, supporting innovators to take advantage of the clean growth opportunity. She helps organisations to mitigate risk by adapting business models as well as those launching new products and services. In a former role, Rebecca grew a small business by identifying new revenue streams and opportunities to improve net profits. She also has experience on whole energy system modelling projects. Rebecca has a keen interest in sustainable energy systems, she studied Geography at the University of Oxford and is currently studying towards an MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems.

James Dunlop

James Dunlop

Technology Manager, Carbon Trust

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James is a senior engineer on the Carbon Trust's corporate advisory team. He has delivered energy consultancy services for a wide range of industries and public sector bodies and is a Registered Professional Energy Consultant with the Energy Institute. In addition, James provides technical and financial due diligence to support the Carbon Trust’s Green Business Fund and Interest Free Loan schemes.

He has provided energy reviews, ESOS audits, energy awareness training and procurement advice to support organisations through each step of their energy management journey. Recent notable projects have included work with Health Trusts in Northern Ireland and Wales, as well as private sector work with large corporates across the UK and internationally. James has a detailed technical knowledge of low energy lighting systems, space heating solutions, motors & drives, compressed air, and thermal and process systems.

James is a Chartered Engineer, holding a BEng in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and is a ESOS Lead Assessor. He is a member of the Energy Institute and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Key area of focus: Future energy systems

Daisy Cross

Daisy Cross

Head of Smart Programme, Energy UK

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Daisy has been heading up the smart team at Energy UK, the industry’s main trade body, since 2016. The team represents member energy companies on technical and consumer issues relating to smart, as well as the wider policy framework. The team has been identifying and resolving collective issues in collaboration with government and industry partners since the start of the Energy UK smart programme in 2014.

Josh Kay and Jamie White

Josh Kay and Jamie White

Co-Founders and Directors, The Syrup Room

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