Energy Events

Our energy events provide policy updates and practical advice across a range of issues affecting this rapidly growing industry. From in-depth master classes to large policy conferences, our events have covered topics such as shale gas, grid connections, renewable energy planning projects and EMR.

Event calendar

  • 5th Annual: Connecting Projects to the Grid 2017

    Tue 16th - Wed 17th May 2017 Herbert Smith Freehills, London

    The Connecting Projects to the Grid conference will return in 2017 and provide the latest updates on the transition from DNOs to DSOs and what this means for the sector, explore how to secure a faster connections for your projects and how capacity can be maximised. Attendees will hear the latest guidance on how to create a more flexible energy network and the role of new technologies in balancing the supply and demand of energy, including active network management and energy storage.

    Ensuring Effective Delivery of NSIPs

    Tue 11th July 2017 Pinsent Masons, London

    With over 50 projects now consented through the Planning Act 2008 process, how can these projects be successfully delivered and what lessons can be learnt from them to help construction of future NSIPs. This focused half day event will bring together planning and construction professionals to explore how flexibility can be built into DCOs, the importance of treating DCO planning and construction as a whole, and what can be done during pre-application to help with delivery.

  • Meeting the UK’s Infrastructure Needs

    Wed 23rd November 2016 De Vere Venues - West One, London

    With the Government remaining committed to investment in growth and infrastructure across the country and the National Infrastructure Commission in the process of identifying infrastructure needs and priorities ahead of publishing its National Infrastructure Assessment, this is a must attend event to identify which projects are coming forward in the short term and how they will be delivered

    The event will be the first of its kind to bring together developers, investors and the planning community, to gain a forward look at future infrastructure projects in the pipeline and to provide an in-depth analysis on how to fund and deliver different types of infrastructure.

    5th Annual: Major Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Planning in Wales 2016

    Tue 18th October 2016 Marriott Hotel, Cardiff

    Returning for the 5th year this event provides an in-depth update on planning processes and changing planning policies in Wales following the Planning (Wales) Act 2015. Welcoming over 140+ developers, local authorities and the wider planning community, this is a unique opportunity to hear practical guidance on how to successfully gain planning approval for your project.

    Attend to discuss the planning process for developments of national significance (DNS) in Wales, hear the latest views from developers on how to apply for a DNS and learn more about what it means for new renewable energy schemes. Attendees will benefit from the expertise of people currently working on schemes in Wales and hear case studies that will consider how the lessons learned from these NSIP projects can be used when making an application for a DNS.

    4th Annual: Connecting Projects to the Grid 2016

    Wed 25th - Thu 26th May 2016

    With the grid nearing capacity in many areas there are pressures to ensure faster connections to maximise project potential and increase viability. With more applications than ever being made to the distribution network and the growing size of some …

    Waterfront’s National Infrastructure Commission Conference

    Wed 4th May 2016 Pinsent Masons, London

    This event will enable delegates to understand the purpose of the new National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). It will examine the areas the NIC has been asked to focus on and consider what their work means for future infrastructure projects.

    With the first priorities of the Commission being to review the connectivity of Northern cities and HS3, investment in London's transport infrastructure, and energy infrastructure investment, this event will consider what the recommendations of the Commission could mean for these areas. Take a look at the draft programme here.

    4th Annual: Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Forum 2016

    Tue 9th - Wed 10th February 2016 Grand Connaught Rooms, London

    The UK's leading conference on the application process for nationally significant infrastructure projects returns to London on February 9-10th 2016. Due to overwhelming demand, this year's conference has moved to a private venue to allow for technical guidance, including a brand new stream on post-consent which will explore DCO implementation and preparing for construction.

    Widely recognised as the industry's largest gathering for those involved with NSIPs projects, this event has attracted 400 attendees since it launched in 2013, bringing together project promoters, local authorities, statutory consultees, and planning professionals to share best practice on creating a successful application.  A must-attend event for anyone involved in infrastructure planning, this conference will help you gain a complete understanding of how to prepare a DCO as you to hear crucial insights from The Planning Inspectorate and those that have successfully completed the process.

    4th Annual: Major Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Planning in Wales 2015

    Wed 21st October 2015 Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa, Cardiff

    An essential update on planning processes in Wales, this master class will provide you with all the guidance you need to successfully gain planning approval for your major infrastructure or renewable energy project.

    Welcoming over 100 developers, local authorities and the wider planning sector, the industry will come together in essential discussions on best practice. You will hear insight on both the traditional TCPA application process and the DCO planning process, and engage in important discussions on the future of planning in Wales following the introduction of the Planning (Wales) Bill.

    3rd Annual: Connecting Projects To The Grid 2015

    Thu 14th May 2015 Burges Salmon, London

    An essential element in the delivery of any new energy infrastructure project is to ensure that the scheme can be connected to the grid, and this is one of the greatest challenges facing a number of new developments. This detailed master class will provide you with an in-depth guide to the connection process and examine all aspects surrounding gaining access to both the transmission and distribution networks.

    Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Master Class 2015

    Tue 10th - Wed 11th February 2015 Pinsent Masons, London

    This unique master class will provide you with in-depth guidance on how to apply for a development consent order using the Planning Act 2008. Across 2 days, it will consider all the processes and key requirements and provide a detailed look at each stage of the process you to need to complete to be granted approval for a nationally significant infrastructure project.

    This year's flexible format will allow you to choose from one full day and two half-day sessions, ensuring you receive the tailored support you need for your project, or attend both days for a complete overview of the process.

    Opportunities for UK Ports in the Energy Sector

    Tue 2nd December 2014 Holman Fenwick Willan, London

    At this event the ports and energy sectors will come together to receive an in-depth update on a number of energy sources and how ports can be involved. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear case studies from ports involved with supporting each energy source. Discuss the benefits, advantages and challenges of each option and take away lesson which can be applied to development and expansion of your port.

    Planning for Major Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Projects in Wales 2014

    Wed 15th October 2014 Eversheds LLP, Cardiff

    This must-attend conference on major infrastructure planning and renewable energy in Wales will bring together developers, planning consultants and local authorities from across Wales to debate the latest issues facing major infrastructure and renewable energy planning in Wales.

    Attendees will have the chance to examine the current system for renewable energy and major infrastructure planning in Wales, hearing case studies from a range of successful projects that will provide them with practical guidance and advice on how to create successful applications.

    The Role of Ports in Supporting the Energy Sector

    Tue 4th March 2014 Bircham Dyson Bell, London

    This national conference brought together the ports and energy sectors to discuss where the opportunities lie, assess future predictions and trends, and review current energy policy and how it will impact on port investment.

    From oil and coal, to offshore and marine technologies, this one-day event provided an in-depth update on each energy source and how ports can be involved.  Attendees heard case studies from those involved with supporting each energy source, found out what development opportunities are available and how ports can provide the required infrastructure.

    Planning for Small and Medium Renewable Energy Projects

    Tue 25th February 2014 Norton Rose Fulbright

    This conference provided in-depth guidance on the process of gaining planning consent for your scheme, from the initial siting consideration to preparing the planning application.

    Developers, local authorities and planning consultants gathered to hear about the planning processes and protocols including pre-application consultation, specific requirements for different types of project and how to simultaneously plan for grid connection.

    The unique event brought together industry leaders to provide an update on the process, share case studies of projects, and explore how to practically execute the application process.

    Opportunities for Ports in Supporting Offshore Wind

    Tue 10th December 2013

    With a number of larger, higher and further from shore offshore wind farms being consented or now beginning construction, there are many available opportunities for ports to support the supply chain and help secure the UK's place as an offshore wind leader.

    Delegates who attended this one day event heard from manufacturers and developers on the qualities they look for from ports and their experiences so far, while port representatives involved with offshore wind talked on their lessons, timelines and available opportunities.

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