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Sustainability in the Energy Sector


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Through a series of lectures and Q&A sessions, this event aims to provide participants with an insight into how different parts of the industry supply chain can step up and meet the challenges of a growing low carbon economy whilst reducing costs.

Date and Time

20 March 2014 - 12:00-18:00


Manchester, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Manchester local network.

About this event

Key Objectives (Session One)

  • Introduce Network Regulation Model RIIO – ED.1
  • Discuss what sustainability means to different stakeholders.
  • Outline the role different stakeholders can play in developing innovative technologies & techniques that generators, operators and equipment manufacturers can implement.
  • Examine developments in Nuclear energy generation in other parts of the world such as China.

Regulation Presentation (RIIO)

Speaker: OFGEM (Rupika Madhura, Senior Manager, Distribution Policy, Smarter Grids & Governance)

Distribution Network Operator Presentation (Sustainable networks)

Speaker: Electricity North West Ltd (Phil McFarlane, Investment Strategy Manager)

Since privatisation of the electricity industry in 1990 the economic regulation of network operators has evolved from a relatively simple ‘RPI-X’ cost allowance to the RIIO approach that will be implemented from 2015.

This presentation will look at how the regulatory framework has changed from a Distribution Network Operator’s viewpoint and how those changes will impact Electricity North West as an asset manager, focussing on the approach to the development of price review submissions and the ways that ‘good asset management’ will be assessed. 

Manufacturers Presentation (Asset Condition Monitoring)

Speaker: Alstom UK (Jean-Michael Agnier, Marketing Director, Grid Service)  

Ageing infrastructures and workforce, increasing electricity demand, OPEX and CAPEX limitations are some of challenges that Asset Managers have to address while achieving optimum network reliability performances with minimized risks.

By combining its worldwide primary products design knowledge, manufacturing and service expertise with its leadership position in network management software design, Alstom Grid has a unique capability to provide an end-to-end and state-of-art Asset Management Solution in order to support the Electrical Asset intensive customers in their asset maintenance and replacement or refurbishment optimized strategy.

The Alstom Grid solution provides several set of index analytics made of different sources of data and engineering models to support customer decision making process in Asset management.

Key Objectives (Session Two)

       •  Nuclear Case study – Ageing Management and Life Time Extension:

This technical session covers topics related to optimizing plant operations, including ageing management, long time operation, life extension, asset management, equipment reliability and engineering modifications and analysis.

Support to EDF Fleet 3rd Periodic Safety Review

Speaker: Dr. Granson Lee (3rd PSR Technical Lead, EDF)

Presentation on strategic change from PSR2 to PSR3, current PSR3 documentation structure and challenges.

Amec’s Approach to Ageing Management and Life Time Extension

Speaker: Dr. Shengke Zhi (Business Manager, AMEC)

Presentation on AMEC’s Approach to support client’s knowledge and capability in LTO, PLEX (plant lifetime extension) and ageing management projects, enabling client to develop best solutions to the issues associated with both technical and non-technical challenges.


Session One (Regulation, Distribution & Monitoring)

12:00 – 12:30   Lunch & Networking                                                                                             

12:30 – 12:40   Welcome & Introduction by Chris Fox IET Manchester Network Vice Chair 

12:40 – 13:10   RIIO Presentation, OFGEM (Rupika Madhura, Senior Manager, Distribution Policy, Smarter Grids & Governance)       

13:10 – 13:40   Electricity Network Presentation, Electricity North West Ltd (Phil McFarlane, Investment Strategy Manager)

13:40 – 14:10   Asset Condition Monitoring, Alstom UK (Jean-Michael Agnier, Marketing Director, Grid Service)  

14.10 – 14.30   Speakers Panel Q & A Session, Chaired by C Fox

14.30 – 15.30   Tea, coffee and biscuits

Session Two (Nuclear Case study)

15:30 – 16:30   Support to EDF Fleet 3rd Periodic Safety Review (Dr. Granson Lee)

16:30 – 17:30   Amec’s Approach to Ageing Management and Life Time Extension (Dr. Shengke Zhi)

18.00 - Closing

Reasons to attend

This event takes place prior to the IET Manchester Network Annual dinner. It provides those attending the dinner (tickets must be booked separately) with an opportunity to engage in Energy Sector CPD and network prior to the evening festivities.

Additional information


The Power Technical Group of the IET Manchester Network


Car park information: Multi-storey car park nearby on Charles Street; pay on exit

Delegates are also cordially invited to attend the annual IET dinner after the event at the Midland hotel.  Tickets and further details can be found here.

Registration information

The event is free but, owing to limited capacity, please register separately for the Afternoon and Evening session.

Register here for the Session One

Register here for the Session Two

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