Electricity Market Reform: the right answer to security of supply and decarbonisation?


  • 22/09/2011
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Speaker: Dieter Helm, Professor of Energy Policy, University of Oxford
Chair and Respondent: Simon Less, Research Director, Environment and Energy Unit, Policy Exchange

As the electricity market is preparing for changes to enable the transition to a low carbon energy, this lecture will discuss feed-in tariffs, capacity mechanisms, and emissions performance standards in detail, and assess whether these proposals are the best way forward.

The Beesley Lectures are a series of eight annual lectures covering regulated industries in the UK. Now in their twentieth year, the lectures are held in memory of Professor Michael Beesley, who was a leading architect of the British system of utility regulation and a Managing Trustee of the Institute of Economic Affairs. He founded the series in 1991 and organised them until his death in 1999.

Taking place every Thursday between 22nd September and 10th November this year, the events will begin with registration at 6.30pm at the Institute of Directors. Delegates are encouraged to network over refreshments until 7pm, when the lecture will commence. An industry-leading speaker will address the audience for one hour and a specialist will give a short response before handing over to the floor for further discussion. Each lecture will end at 8.45pm with refreshments.

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