Powerpoint slides from last night – The Future of Gas and Electricity Storage

November 12th, 2014

An excellent evening – special thanks to all our speakers who have also kindly agreed to share their slides – just click on the links;

Keith Budinger of Halite

Alistair Steele – SSEPD – Energy storage overview – London

Asheya Patten of Pöyry

Read Sir Ian Byatt on the Past, Present and Future of Energy Market Regulation

March 31st, 2014

Sir Ian kindly shared with us a written version of his talk from our event on the 12th November 2013. You can read it here http://www.future-es.com/2013/11/sir-ian-byatt-on-the-past-present-and-future-of-energy-market-regulation/.

Confirmed seminar dates for 2013

December 21st, 2012

Dates for your diaries;

January 22nd – Game-Changing and Future Energy Technologies – Allen & Overy HQ

February 20th – Allen & Overy HQ

April 19th – Allen & Overy HQ

May 1st – At Ernst & Young, More London

June 5th – Allen & Overy HQ

July 9th – At Ernst & Young, More London

September 16th – Allen & Overy HQ

October 15th – At Ernst & Young, More London

November 12th – FES Annual Lecture: Jim O’Neill of Goldman Sachs on “The BRICs: Energy Challenges and Opportunities” – Allen & Overy HQ

December 5th – Ernst & Young, More London


Powerpoints from our July 3rd 2012 Seminar on Electricity Interconnectors

July 6th, 2012

A very special thanks to all our speakers for a fantastically informative event about electricity interconnectors. And an extra special thanks to Magnus Bjarnason,  Martin Crouch, Sam Peacock and Stuart Murray who have most generously offered to share their slides with xenical pills. The slides are downloadable from the links below;

Martin Crouch – OFGEM

Magnus Bjarnason – Landsvirkjun Energy Company

Sam Peacock from SSE re: NorthConnect

Stuart Murray – Pöyry



Thanks again to our speakers – some powerpoints from a New Dash for Gas event

June 7th, 2012

7th June 2012A very special thanks to all our speakers for what was a superbly informative and stimulating event last week – A New Dash for Gas?    And an extra special thanks to David Odling and Nick Grealy, who have most generously offered to share their slides with the wider world via this website after the event. The slides are downloadable from the links below;

David Odling – Oil & Gas UK

Nick Grealy – NoHotAir

Peter Atherton on Utility Finance in the 2010s

May 1st, 2012

What a fantastic talk last night by Peter Atherton to Future Energy Strategies.

Here are Peter’s slides which he has generously agreed to share with us all.

Finally, a special thanks to our hosts for the evening, Allen & Overy.


Northern Ireland wants and gets more electricity market competition

August 29th, 2011

A very insightful piece here in the Belfast Telegraph shows how even in small population areas like Northern Ireland – all of 1.8 million – increasing competition is seen as possible and the key to keeping consumer bills under control. So you might say, why can’t OFGEM deliver more of it in Britain, the other 60 million?

Actually, I don’t blame OFGEM very much. In the circumstances there’s just not that much that they can do. They are at the mercy of the vast over and misdirected investment programme driven by carbon-reducing and renewables-enhancing legislation stipulated by our well-meaning politicians. But sometimes, I do think that OFGEM has lost its key raison d’etre – to put the consumer first – rather than to regulate the status quo of the utilities and every few years announce a new competition inquiry to stave off public opprobrium.

At our next seminar, we will be examining a number of ideas on how to increase competition like;

  1. making it easier to switch providers
  2. making it easier for small players to enter the market
  3. designing a deeper more liquid market along Scandinavian lines
  4. radical market reforms 2.0

Even so, Power NI have just announced an eye-watering 18.6% increase for homes and businesses and the Republic’s Airtricity is moving in. A small victory then, in a small corner of the UK, in what will be a long war.

Shale gas is coming . . . message from our seminar last night

January 21st, 2011

We had an incredible event last night “Shale Gas in Europe”. Huge thanks to;

  • our three expert speakers, Leigh Bolton of Holmwood Consulting, Nick Grealy of NoHotAir and Dr John Buggenhagen of San Leon Energy plc
  • Allen & Overy for their generous sponsorship and last but not least
  • a most engaging and intelligent audience

Telegraph TV turned up as well. I’ll post a link up when they go live.

The shale gas story – is Europe next?

December 22nd, 2010

A concise and fascinating piece – with a useful graphic on unconventional gas risk factors – just published  in Petroleum Economist (behind a paywall but free for 48 hours, post-registration) by three Schlumberger business consultants – Herve Wilczynski, Muqsit Ashraf and Mohammed Saadat, the opening paragraph of which I’ve appended below;

Shale gas: a risk worth taking

“UNCONVENTIONAL gas accounts for half of North American production, with investment exceeding $25bn a year. Although this has changed the continent’s energy outlook, there may be a bigger prize: nearly 75% of the world’s shale-gas resources lie outside the region.”

Not least I might add, in Europe – to find out more about Europe’s shale gas prospects, attend our event in London on the 20th January, Shale Gas in Europe.

My gut feeling is that Shale gas in Europe is going to move a lot faster than anticipated. And not just because the extreme winter is driving up gas prices to 2 year record highs prompting gas balancing alerts.

Do not underestimate the technical progress that could be made in just a few years in lowering the cost and increasing the quantity of  shale gas extraction.

July 2010: Utility Strategy Group joins with Future Energy Strategies

July 30th, 2010


The Utility Strategy Group and FES are to join forces and look forward to holding a series of events in 2010/2011.

Dan Lewis, Chief Executive of FES says;

“FES is very excited to be working together with USG. A highly-respected independent group of industry professionals, over the years, USG have brought together leading thinkers in the energy and utilities sphere and have produced many sterling top quality, thought-provoking events”.

Edward Hyams, Chair of USG says;

“We are delighted that Dan Lewis who has done so much interesting work on energy and organised many high profile think tank events over the last few years has agreed to take on the name of USG together with Future Energy Strategies. FES also brings new capabilities to our evening events. Not least an extensive mailing list, an excellent Advisory Board and a scaleable, integrated IT system.”