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Opportunities and Challenges for Energy Trading in a low carbon economy

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The oil and gas sector firmly believes that there is a future for carbon fuels well into the current century, with technologies such as hydrogen and carbon capture in need of further incentives. Cheerleaders for the renewables industry beg to differ. For them, gas only represents a transition fuel to a solar and battery future. 

To discuss these issues, CIN has brought together the following speakers: 

Nick Butler, Energy Expert

Nick also serves as visiting professor and chair of the Kings Policy Institute at Kings College London. He spent 29 years with BP, including five years as Group Vice President for Policy and Strategy Development at BP from 2002 to 2006. He has also served as Senior Policy Adviser at No 10, Chairman of the Centre for European Reform and Treasurer of the Fabian Society.


Edward Sargent, Tesla 

Prior to joining Tesla, Edward held roles as a Senior Project Engineer at EP&T Global and Business Development Manager at Tempus Energy.  Edward joined Tesla in September 2016 as the Sales Manager for Powerpack UK & Ireland.  The Powerpack is Tesla’s Industrial and Commercial battery system for large enterprise and utility scale solutions.  Edward holds a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from Northumbria University.


Timothy Foster, Head of Renewable Origination at Electroroute

Previously Tim worked in Renewable Origination at Statkraft. Prior to that, he spent 5 years at SmartestEnergy where he was responsible for all power purchase activities within the United Kingdom and over 4 years at British Energy. Tim joined British Energy in 2000, having previously established a small-scale CHP business at BG Group. Tim has a BEng, MSc and a PhD in "The Catalytic Combustion of Natural Gas" from the University of Leeds.

James Taverner, Senior Principal Researcher, IHS Markit

James Taverner specialises in global gas markets, with particular focus on northeast Asia and global LNG. His expertise includes quantitative analysis and model building of supply and demand fundamentals, as well as analysis of government policy and regulation, gas market development, price trends, storage flexibility, and spot market liquidity. He has worked with IHS Markit in Beijing, Tokyo, and London. James holds an MA from Cambridge University.



David Lowish, Partner at Generation Investment Management

David joined Generation Investment Management in July 2007 and covers the global industrial sector. He previously worked at Goldman Sachs Asset Management and was responsible for co- management of the GS European and International Small Cap Strategy as well as research of industrial, energy, consumer, and real estate stocks in the small and mid-cap space.

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