icon Unconference – the official ‘fringe’ event


                                                                                                           Workshops, Talks and Ways to Connect

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 – icon fringe conference

08:45 – 09:15

Breakfast Workshop: How to read an energy bill

There are over 20 separately calculated elements that make up our electricity costs. As the sector changes and new charges are introduced, our energy bills – particularly electricity – are getting complicated. We all benefit from an occasional quick reminder of what each of these charges are and how to control them. 

Leave the ego at the door and get back to basics as ICON and TGP take you through an energy bill, one line at a time.

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Theatre : Utilities Junction

10:45 – 11:30

Calculating Returns on Investment for Energy Efficiency

Building better business cases for energy efficiency projects is essential to get them funded, whether the funds are coming internally through your CFO, or externally. Business cases need to provide confidence in the results, count all the non-energy benefits and consider all the risks.    

Join Dr. Steve Fawkes, founder of EnergyPro as we look at how to use the latest tools like the Investor Confidence Project Protocols and the EEFIG Underwriting Toolkit to build winning business cases.

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Theatre : Utilities Junction

12:15 – 12:45

This house believes that we don’t need an energy broker

We love a lively debate. And this session promises to get the jeers and the cheers from all sides of the industry.  Come and join in as ICON take on Inspired. The industry’s leading business consumer representative against the industry’s biggest procurement consultancy. Grab a space at the front or heckle from the backbenches and don’t forget to vote “Aye” for the most convincing speaker.

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Theatre : Utilities Junction

13:00 – 13:45

Demystifying DSR

Load management is crucial to the success of any energy management strategy but what’s it all about? Do you know your FFRs from your DSRs? Can you talk with confidence about TERRE? Does Balancing Mechanism mean more than having a cake in both hands? Wayne Muncaster, Managing Director at GridBeyond gets rib of the job-eldigook and helps open our eyes to the opportunities in energy optimisation.

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Theatre : Utilities Junction

Day 2 – icon fringe conference

11:30 – 12:00

Countdown to 2030: Business is the answer to solve climate change

We have 11 years left to save to the planet…

We are the cause of a global climate crisis. We have 11 years to prevent irreversible climate damage that will be devastating to all life. 97% of scientists agree: humanity has caused climate change through activities like burning fuel, deforestation and livestock farming.  There is a global movement underway by students, protesters, investors, banks, churches, celebrities, and yes, our customers.  Governments are acting too slowly, the risks to every business is mounting and the world is becoming much more socially and environmentally aware. This all sounds gloomy but business has it in our hands to solve the climate crisis; this session will explore the one choice needed to do this.

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Theatre : Utilities Junction

13:30 – 14:15

Lighting: New tricks

New technologies such as Li-Fi allied with smart, low cost control technologies can deliver significant cost and carbon savings. The low hanging fruit of energy efficiency may now be even lower, according to ESTA’s Lighting Controls Group.Proving that lighting isn’t just LEDs, here they highlight connected systems to give you the control necessary to make significant savings.

• Lighting controls as part of ecosystems. Bluetooth meshes and powerline communications. Looking at lighting controls and what they can achieve.

• Low cost connected lighting systems. Considering lighting as low hanging fruit for energy saving. Considering how lighting systems can improve the environment for all building users. Including a project case study example.

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Theatre : Utilities Junction

14:45 – 15:15

The Significance of Significant Code Reviews

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?

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Theatre : Utilities Junction