Energy Convergence

Bringing energy strategies & technologies together for best results

icon Unconference – the official ‘fringe’ event

Workshops, Talks and Ways to Connect

The headline conference, Energy Convergence, will centre on how energy is converging across efficiency, sustainability, procurement and flexibility, exploring the benefits end-users could reap through tactical partnerships, novel strategies and new technology.

The crux of the sessions is the debate that deliberates the most effective approach to managing energy in an energy market where disciplines are converging changing old methodologies. Each session has a chair and 3 to 5 panellists. An independent keynote speaker sets the scene, followed by a case study showing that this can happen now and isn’t just a pipe dream. Together these will last about 15 -20 minutes framing the debate that will follow.


The icon Unconference will provide an eclectic programme of entertaining and enlightening content. This space for energy and water management and procurement leaders provides a platform for upbeat, frank and open discussion on the latest demand-side developments

 Within the context of utilities management, no topic is off-limits.

 The layout of the theatre, the seating arrangements and the hosting style will all be carefully curated to encourage maximum participation and audience engagement. We are here to ignite passion back into utilities education.

With market insecurity, socio-political factors and rapid technological development strongly impacting businesses, this theatre addresses energy managers’ and buyers’ primary concerns through keynote TED-style talks, targeted workshops, plenty of debates and top-level discussion.

Day 1 – Energy Convergence

09:45 – 10:20

Policy and regulation outlook

Changes to a multitude of schemes include network charging, SECR, ESOS phase II, the Capacity Mechanism. What we know and what we don’t yet know – and how to best prepare for them.

Theatre : Energy Convergence

10:40 – 11:15

Is onsite generation an effective strategy?

To be a prosumer or not? How much generation should you have onsite, how best to use it, where PPAs can add benefits and will storage enable better returns?

Theatre : Energy Convergence

11:30 – 12:05

Using the -as-a-service model

What works where? The session aims to look not only at the compete Esco model but niche as-a-service offerings such as lighting, storage and compressed air.

Theatre : Energy Convergence

13:00 – 13:35

Procurement – How not to purchase energy and water

Best practice from across the industrial, commercial, public sector and SMEs sectors. What to look out for in developing a sound purchasing strategy.

Theatre : Energy Convergence

14:10 – 14:45

Energy efficiency rebooted

As the most cost effective method of saving money and lowering carbon emissions, how to you increase the adoption of energy efficiency? Make it a dynamic tradable resource, finance it more effectively, link a building’s actual energy performance to financial incentives?

Theatre : Energy Convergence

Day 1 – icon Unconference – the official ‘fringe’ event

08:30 – 09:15

Breakfast Workshop: How to read an energy bill

Designed for end-users and TPIs who want to have ‘pass-through’ contracts but don’t understand all the elements.

We will look at:
• Electricity non-commodity cost lines. What are they and how are they calculated (i.e. how can we control them?)
• Differences between Grid Supply Point (GSP) & Energy at Meter (E@M).
• Gas transportation cost lines. What are they and how are they calculated (i.e. how can we control them?)

Theatre : Utilities Junction

10:45 – 11:15

Determining dilemmas in Water Data

How can a customer thrive in a deregulated market – understand their portfolio, ensure their data is accurate, and engage with retailers to understand services/fit for them.

Let’s break down the jargon and understand what to look for when delivering a water efficiency programme.

Theatre : Utilities Junction

11:30 – 12:10

Digitised, Decentralised, Democratised – mapping the future energy system

The demands on the energy system are constantly increasing, with networks experiencing growing pressure to connect renewable projects and balance increasing demand and usage. How do we meet demand and move towards a flexible and evolved energy system?
• What does it mean for the end user?
• What are the growing trends in distributed energy?
• How can businesses assist in meeting demand and balancing the grid?
• What role will innovation play in the future energy system?
How do we facilitate the integration of further renewables onto the grid?

Theatre : Utilities Junction

12:10 – 13:00

How to use the icon hub

A basic introduction to the icon hub – whether you are an existing subscriber who wants to know how to get more out of the system, or a curious bystander about to sign up, come and find out what the hub is and how it works.

We’ll even treat you to a lunchtime tea and cake. [NOTE: This session is reserved for consumers and icon partners only. Pre-registration is needed to claim a lunch.]

Theatre : Utilities Junction

13:00 – 13:50

The Business Case for Municipal Heat Networks

Decarbonisation of heat is a top priority for BEIS’s greening agenda, so heat networks are under a lot of focus. These are often delivered at municipal scale – but this turns the Local Authority into an energy (heat) supplier – a responsibility that lasts far longer than the construction project.

And how about wider schemes such as storage? Find out how to unlock potential from different tech, build the business case and take advantage of decentralised generation.

Theatre : Utilities Junction

Day 2 – Energy Convergence

09:45 – 10:20

How the right use energy data can help with spiky prices, energy efficiency and flexibility

Using data to unlock further energy efficiency, procurement & flexibility. You are not able to effectively manage and implement projects without understanding your consumption. How granular should you go and not get swamped?

Theatre : Energy Convergence

10:40 – 11:15

Distributed energy resources – aligning, onsite generation, storage and flexibility

Making DER part of your energy strategy from a small PV installation on your premises to microgrids.

Theatre : Energy Convergence

11:30 – 12:05

Vehicle to grid – Can EVs become a DER asset?

Outlining the opportunities and challenges presented to public and private sector organisations by EVs, associated infrastructure and vehicle to grid services.

Theatre : Energy Convergence

13:00 – 13:35

Gas the forgotten utility

Effectively managing your gas consumption in light of decarbonisation, gas price increasing from CCL charges and how to drive efficiency in onsite gas consuming equipment.

Theatre : Energy Convergence

14:10 – 14:45

Making the public sector more efficient

The public sector has been executing various innovative schemes from energy storage, large efficiency upgrades to forming their own supply companies. What is the best way to go and how best to fund it?

Theatre : Energy Convergence

Day 2 – icon Fringe Conference

10:00 – 10:45

The Significance of Significant Code Reviews

Talkshow: Nearly half-way through 2019 and the two major SCRs on Targeted Charges and Network Access Charges are well underway.

We’ve seen the first few appraisals of proposed changes. But what does this mean and what do people think?

Theatre : Utilities Junction

11:00 – 11:45

Calculating returns on investment


A step by step approach to calculating ROI on (two) different technologies.

Theatre : Utilities Junction

12:00 – 12:45

“This House believes that energy suppliers are a dying breed”.


In 2018, seven separate energy suppliers exited the market. Margins are being squeezed and suppliers are looking at new models such as being solutions providers.
The DNO shift to DSOs and the widening of the BM mean larger users will contract more directly with the networks – we need a good trader to help us procure and balance or buy/sell activity but we can get that from our TPI or DSR aggregator; do we still need a “middleman” energy supplier in the I&C sector? If we can self-supply water, then surely with the advent of smart metering etc, the concept of self-supply energy is not that far away.
Or is it?

Theatre : Utilities Junction

13:45 – 14:30

Go Your Own Way


Greene King were first to secure a self-supply licence and Heineken recently announced they have followed suit. Blackpool Council even got in the game. But this brings a lot of responsibility for very little financial reward so why do it?

Public and private sector bodies share why they chose to apply for a self-supply licence, the process they went through and whether or not they regret it.

With response from Castle Water on what being a supplier means and how to work with your retailer (or pick a new one) if you’re not getting the service you deserve – it might be cheaper and easier to make the market work for you than to go out on your own.

Theatre : Utilities Junction

14:30 – 15:15

Confidence Building


The softer skills are important too and having confidence to engage your CEO and your colleagues is key to successful energy management.

This audience participation session will leave you with the skills you need to go and succeed.

This will be focused and upbeat to close the show.

Theatre : Utilities Junction