Flexible Futures 2024: finding flexible energy solutions together

  • What? A cutting-edge, invite-only workshop, exploring the challenges and opportunities bound up in energy flexibility
  • When? 21-22 March 2024
  • Where? Paris, in person, Octopus Energy Office 6/8 boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris (Metro: Richelieu - Drouot)
  • Conference Language: English
  • Conference schedule: click here to download the conference schedule

The electricity sector has been talking about rapid change for ten years. It’s happening now.

What comes next is up to us.

Electricity demand across the EU has remained roughly level over the last two decades, with households making up around 30% of the total. But as greener electrical tech – from EVs to electric heating – become the norm, household demand is set to double.

Are we ready?

This invitation-only two-day workshop will explore the concept of energy flexibility (especially that flexibility afforded by shifting consumer demand) and what we need to do to unlock its true potential for consumers, markets, grid operators and system operators alike.

Our line-up of speakers includes Greg Jackson, the CEO and Founder of Octopus Energy Group, as well as the amazing Kingsmill Bond of the Rocky Mountain Institute. They’ll be joined by a breadth of impressive speakers from across the industry, discussing products, pilots, challenges, and progress.

This isn’t your run-of-the-mill superficial “conference”, but an unparalleled opportunity to share learnings, provoke thinking, gather improvements and shape a Flexible Future together.

We can't wait to welcome you to Paris.

Speakers announced so far (with many more to come)

Greg Jackson

Founder of Octopus Energy Group

Greg Jackson

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Greg Jackson is the founder of OEG, the global energy and technology company driving the affordable, green energy system of the future. Launched in 2016, the Group now serves 7.2 million customers across 18 countries, and operates a £6bn portfolio of renewable energy assets across Europe.

Kingsmill Bond

Senior principal in the Rocky Mountain Institute's Strategy Team

Kingsmill Bond

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Kingsmill Bond's role is to research the energy transition narrative, with a focus on financial market participants. His work underscores the fact that energy lies at the core of all of our systems, and that the shift from fossil fuels to renewables will compare to the last industrial revolution.

Alex Schoch

Global Head of Flexibility and Electrification at Octopus Energy

Alex Schoch

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Alex Schoch leads the Flexibility team at Octopus Energy focused on developing and bringing to market next generation products and underlying technologies spanning from utility scale generation and to consumer demand. His role is pivotal in shaping the future of the environment by utilising green tech to decarbonise industries as well as domestic homes.

Richard Sarti

CEO at NODES

Richard Sarti

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Richard joined NODES in 2020 from Nord Pool where he successfully set up and lead the development of Nord Pool’s Exchange and commercial activities in the GB Day ahead and intraday wholesale electricity markets for over 10 years. Richard’s expertise resides in Business Development, Trading and Sales Management, he is an Alumni from London Business School, where he completed the Senior Executive Program, focusing on Leadership, Strategy and Transformation.

Jochen Bammert

Manager of Non-Standard Markets in Products at TransnetBW GmbH

Jochen Bammert

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Dr. rer. nat. Jochen Bammert is Team Manager of Non-Standard Markets in Products & Non-Standard Markets at TransnetBW. After receiving his Ph.D. in theoretical physics at Bayreuth University, he began his career at the TSO TenneT T working on congestion management and system operation. In 2015 he joined TransnetBW. Jochen Bammert has 10 years of experience in grid operations and services including grid capacity calculation (NTC, flow-based), CWE and CEE (flow-based), congestion management, cross-border redispatch, cost-recovery, ancillary services (especially redispatch), market design, TSO/DSO coordination and provision of flexibility for Market and Grid. Furthermore, he is also responsible for several research and implementation projects.

Director of Distribution System Operator at UK Power Networks

Sotiris Georgiopoulos

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Sotiris leads UK Power Networks’ Distribution System Operator business. He has 20 years experience in engineering, construction and innovation of electricity networks. For the last decade he has championed innovative ways to plan and operate smart networks such as flexible connections and flexibility markets. Sotiris studied electrical engineering at the University of Manchester and has an MBA from the University of Cambridge.

Ben Godfrey

Director of Distribution System Operator at National Grid

Ben Godfrey

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Ben heads up the Distribution System Operator function for National Grid’s UK Electricity Distribution function and is responsible for forecasting, capacity management and developing strategic network investment options for all four of NGED's licenced areas. He is an experienced electrical engineer within the UK electrical utilities industry, spanning a number of functions including operations, planning, innovation and strategy.

Mike Strahlman

Senior Vice President at Piclo

Mike Strahlman

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Mike is responsible for the Piclo Max product, as well as running the Market Access and Market Operations teams. Mike is passionate about the energy transition, having spent the last c.15 years across the Energy industry, including nine years at Shell, three years at Deloitte and most recently having run the JustPark EV business prior to Piclo. Mike also serves as a non-exec director at Giki Social Enterprise and is a Venture Partner at Infinium Partners.

Luca Marchisio

Head of Strategy and Innovation at Terna

Luca Marchisio

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Luca is in charge of System Strategy department at Terna, the Italian Transmission System Operator, managing the long term scenario development of the power system and the market adequacy assessment in order to support Company’s regulated business. His previous experience includes operational management of both individual and fleets of power plants, and ten years in Enel Energia, covering different roles from portfolio management to Marketing Director.

Simona Burchill

Flexibility Analyst, Octopus Energy

Simona Burchill

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Simona is an analyst on the Flexibility Team at Octopus Energy, where she has been driving domestic turn-down campaigns and identifying new business opportunities for flexibility across Europe. Since joining, she has helped commercialise and deploy National Grid’s Demand Flexibility Service and has product-managed Octopus's customer offering: Saving Sessions. This has allowed 1.3m customers to shift over 200MW of demand, supporting the grid, saving carbon emissions and accelerating customer flexibility.

Amy Weltevreden

Head of Flexibility Market Strategy at National Grid

Amy Weltevreden

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With over a decade of experience across electricity system operations, Amy currently leads the ESO’s Flexibility Market Strategy team, setting the vision and roadmap that will unlock the GWs of low carbon flexibility needed for a net zero energy system. Having overseen commercial operations at the ESO for the past few years and leading the team behind the innovative Demand Flexibility Service, Amy is now seeking to ensure that low carbon flexibility assets, including demand side flexibility, are able to move seamlessly between GB’s electricity Markets, accessing revenue opportunities and delivering whole system value for consumers.

Joao Rafael

Senior business developer at E-REDES

Joao Rafael

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João Rafael is a senior business developer in E-REDES strategy team. E-REDES, Portuguese mainland DSO serving more than 6 million customers, is committed to achieve the energy transition goals. Flexibility, as a way to promote efficiency and leverage renewables integration will have a central role to fulfil our ambition.

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