LCNI Conference 2014

The 2014 Low Carbon Networks and Innovation (LCNI) Conference was held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on 20-22 October 2014. It was organised by the Energy Networks Association, on behalf of Ofgem and the network operators was co-hosted by Scottish and Southern Energy Power Division.

The LCNI Conference sets out the critical innovation and new technologies that will ensure low carbon, secure supply and affordability for customers. The show had nearly 800 delegates from 14 different countries and over 75 exhibitors and is the largest smart grid event in the UK.

This year a minor change in name from LCN Fund to LCNI marked a new development for the conference as for the first time it incorporated electricity and gas transmission and gas distribution projects funded by the Network Innovation Allowance and the Network Innovation Competition. The conference is also a show case opportunity to explore the findings of the initial flagship Tier 2 LCN Fund projects and assess the progress that the initiative has delivered so far.

This conference summary provides video insights into the LCN Funded projects focussed on Community Energy, Energy Storage and Influencing Customers as well as interviews with key organisations capturing the themes of the conference i.e. Smart Grids and taking Innovation to Business as Usual.

This video gives a brief introduction to the conference/ exhibition. Hear how power companies are taking innovation ideas from concept through to business as usual by viewing this short interview with SarahCarter and Olivia Carpenter at PPA Energy Hear how to get involved with innovation by viewing this short interview with Tony Knowles from the Energy Innovation Centre.
See and hear about the Smart Grid demonstration at the show by viewing this short video of Dr Howard Porter and Yselkla Farmer from BEAMA.        

Community Energy (sponsored by Siemens)

Exploring community based energy programmes and assessing how the distribution network can ensure that customers can maximise the benefits from such schemes.

Jim Cardwell, Northern Powergrid facilitates the Community Energy discussion. Watch the presentation by Ross Anderson, Scottish Power Energy Networks. Watch the presentation by Cara Blockley, Electricity North West.
Watch the presentation by Steven Gough, Western Power Distribution and Rachel Coxcoon, Centre for Sustainable Energy. Watch the Community Energy: Question and Answer Session.    

Influencing Customer Profiles and New Interactions

This session focussed on exploring new relationships and contractual arrangements, between customers and distribution network operators, and what is needed to introduce these into standard business operations.

Watch the presentation by Adriana Laguna from UK Power Networks. Watch the presentation by Iain Miller from Northern PowerGrid. Watch the presentation by Jenny Woodruff from Western Power.
Watch the Influencing Customer Profiles and New Interactions: Question and Answer Session facilitated by Martin Wilcox, UK Power Networks.        

Energy Storage (sponsored by CGI)

The changing nature of generation and demand creates the need for increased flexibility in electricity networks and the need to recognise uncertainty in demand. Energy storage can be a key enabler in providing the additional flexibility required to effectively harness intermittent generation.

Watch the presentation by John Hayling, UK Power Networks and ESOF. Watch the presentation by Dave Miller, Northern Powergrid and ESOF. Watch the presentation by Mark Dale, Western Power Distribution and Surendra Kaushik, University of Bath.
Watch the presentation by Nathan Coote, Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution and ESOF. Watch the Energy Storage Question and Answer Session facilitated by Stewart Reid, Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution.