Seminar 1: Stirling

Energy Policy from an International Perspective (April 5th 2013, Stirling)

Going Nuclear Seminar Series;

Event 1: Policy Delivery on Low Carbon Energy Generation

The University of Stirling is delighted to announce that it will host a 1 Day International Conference on “Policy Delivery on Low Carbon Energy Generation Infrastructure” on Friday the 5th April 2013.

Currently legislation is before Parliament which aims to result in the delivery of new energy generation infrastructure, and this conference aims to explore whether policy delivery will be achieved. The conference will explore this by focusing on the low carbon sector, and in particular wind and nuclear energy. The UK has ambitious plans for offshore wind farms and a new nuclear energy programme. The latter is one of the most ambitious in the Western World. This conference will seek to explore the current challenges and opportunities that face both wind and nuclear energy and how successful the UK maybe in achieving its aims. Examples will be given from successes and failures from other countries and the lessons that the UK can learn from these.

The Conference will consist of a number of Keynote Speakers and some of the UKs leading academics in the area. To see the keynote speaker details please click below:

  1. Conference Schedule
  2. Keynote Speakers
  3. Getting to and from the University of Stirling

There are IV sessions in the conference:

  1. Setting the Scene: Challenges for Low Carbon Energy Investment
  2. Lessons from Europe
  3. The Influence of the EU
  4. Achieving Effective Policy Delivery

Outline Conference Programme

8.30 pm: Registration and coffee
9.30 – 5.15 pm: Conference
17.15 – 18.15 pm: Reception
18.30 – 20.30 pm Conference Dinner


University of Stirling

Friday 5th April, 9.30 pm – 5.30 pm

Pathfoot Building

Policy Delivery on Low Carbon Energy Generation Infrastructure

Full Conference Schedule

9.30-11.00: Session I. Setting the Scene: Challenges for Low Carbon Energy Investment

  • Raphael J. Heffron: The Dynamics of Policy Delivery for Energy Infrastructure
  • David W. Robson: Low Carbon Technologies: securing the transition
  • Helen G. Cook: International industry perspectives on nuclear energy policy delivery

11.00-11.20: Morning Coffee Break

11.20-12.50: Session II. UK and EU Initiatives

  • Christopher White: Getting to our low carbon future – faster: how making the right policy choices now, can drive investment cases for (large-scale) low carbon generation – to enable the low carbon economy, quicker
  • Olivia Woolley: Reforming Gas Sector Governance in the UK to Promote Decarbonisation: A Study Of Biomethane Injection into Gas Grids
  • Shanna Cleveland: Getting Gas Right: Navigating the Shale Boom to Reap the Most Benefits for the Climate

12.50-13.40: Lunch

13.40-15.20: Session III. Lessons and Influence from Europe

  • Anite Ronne: 35 years of Energy Policy and Governance – any Lessons to Learn from the Danish Model?
  • Jennifer McGuinn: ‘Streamlining’ environmental assessment and permit granting for priority trans-European energy infrastructure projects
  • Geoffrey Wood: Large-Scale Renewable Deployment to 2020 and Beyond: Are We Connecting the Dots on Policy Delivery?

15.20 – 15.40: Afternoon Coffee Break

15.40 – 17.00: Session IV. Achieving Effective Policy Delivery

  • Michael LaBelle: Expectations of Investors, Actions of Politicians and EU failure
  • Malcolm Keay: The future is electric – but not as we know it


17.00 – 18.15: Closing Speech and A Look to the Future

  • With Angus Johnston

Followed by Wine Reception, and Conference Dinner (18.30 – 20.30)

2.       Speaker Profiles

I.                    Anite Rønne, Professor in Energy Law, University of Copenhagen

Anite is one of Europe’s foremost experts on energy law. She lectures on Energy Law at the University of Copenhagen. She is one of authors and co-editors of the key energy law text Energy Law in Europe: National, EU and International Regulation (OUP 2007). Further, outside of academia she is chair of the Danish Society for Energy Law, and a legal expert for both the Danish Safety Technology Authority and the Danish Energy Regulator. Anite has published widely in academic journals and notably is also co-editor of Energy Law in Europe (OUP, 2007), Energy Security (OUP, 2004), and Regulating Energy and Natural Resources (OUP, 2006).
II.                  Helen G. Cook, Senior Associate, Nuclear Energy, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Washington DC, USA
Helen is an emerging global expert on nuclear energy law and policy. She has presented across the world on legal challenges facing nuclear new build and the opportunities for success. She is a Senior Associate at the leading law firm Pillsbury in Washington DC in the US. Previously, she has worked in Europe and the Middle East and has been admitted to the Bar in California (US and New South Wales (Australia).  She is the sole author of a soon-to-be key text in nuclear law the text Nuclear Law, to be published by Sweet & Maxwell on February 28th 2013.

III.               Malcolm Keay, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Energy Institute, University of Oxford, UK.

Malcolm is one of the pre-eminent electricity policy researchers in the UK. His career has spanned both the public and private sector. He was Director of Energy Policy at the UK Department of Trade and Industry in 1996 until 1999 and before that was a Division Head at the International Energy Agency. He has been at Oxford since 2005, and is the author of The Dynamics of Power, Power Generation Investment In Liberalised Electricity Markets (OUP, 2006). Previously, he has acted as an adviser on many studies on energy, including as Special Adviser to the House of Lords Committee Inquiry into Energy Security in Europe and Director of the Energy and Climate Change Study for the World Energy Council.

IV.                Jennifer McGuinn, Milieu Ltd, Law and Policy Consulting, Brussels, Belgium

Jennifer works for Milieu, one of Europe’s leading public sector focused consultancies in Brussels. It specialises in multi-disciplinary studies and has a track-record in environmental research. Jennifer has over 15 years of experience working on EU environmental policy issues. Her expertise spans all across Europe and she has presented and completed projects with clients from the UK, Germany, Italy and Hungary. She has authored many reports, papers, guidance manuals and other documents on environmental policy and in particular on funding policy in this area. Currently she is developing guidelines for streamlining the EIA process in Europe for the EU Commission.

V.                  Angus Johnston, CUF Lecturer in Law and Fellow in Law (University College), University of Oxford

Angus Johnston is a CUF Lecturer and a Fellow in Law at University College, where he arrived in September 2010. He was a Fellow and Director of Studies in Law at Trinity Hall, Cambridge (from 1999) and University Lecturer (from 2004) and then Senior Lecturer at Cambridge University (from 2008) until his appointment to Oxford. He has been a visitor to Harvard Law School and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg; he is also an affiliated lecturer at Cambridge University and at the Jacobs University, Bremen. Angus is the author major law texts, most notably in relation to this conference, EU Energy Law (co-authored with Guy Block) from Oxford University Press (2012).

VI.                Michael LaBelle, Professor in Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Michael LaBelle is an assistant professor at the Central European University Business School and in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy. He teaches courses on sustainability and innovation in business and energy policy. He conducts research on how institutions and organizations foster change to contribute to a low carbon future. Currently his research concentrates on international regulatory networks and the shale gas revolution. Previous work assessed the efforts of institutions in the European Union to encourage the use of new low or zero carbon technologies in the energy sector, including energy efficiency measures. Much of his research involves issues of risk governance, with special attention paid to the sunk cost of energy investments. In addition, he has written peer reviewed articles and consulting publications on the strategic movement of energy firms and the regulatory environment in the Central Eastern European region. He has worked on projects for the European Commission, United States Agency for International Development, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, the Energy Regulators Regional Association and with energy consulting companies and European universities.

VII.             Olivia Woolley, Lecturer in Law, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Dr Olivia Woolley is a lecturer at the University of Aberdeen specialising in Energy and Environmental Law.  Her current research focus is on legal issues related to the expansion of renewable energy generation and transportation in the EU and to the sustainability of the EU’s energy supplies.  She has also recently been involved with research, whilst working at the Centre of Energy Law of the University of Groningen, into the formulation of legal frameworks for offshore grid development in the North Sea, and concerning the challenges presented to existing European Union and Member State regulations for electricity and gas transmission and distribution systems by the increased use of networks for transmitting and distributing energy from renewable sources.

VIII.           Christopher White, Partner, Pinsent Masons, London, UK

Chris is a Partner who specialises in the nuclear sector. Chris has extensive experience of nuclear new build in the US and UK, including regulatory consenting and nuclear site license applications, land assembly, procurement/construction issues, energy market reform and practical experience of the front end/back end international nuclear fuel cycle, including funded decommissioning arrangements and waste strategies. Chris is currently involved with nuclear new build and fuel cycle work in the UK and internationally. Chris was previously a senior in-house nuclear lawyer and Head of Legal and Company Secretary for EDF’s Existing Nuclear Generation Business (formerly British Energy) and EDF’s Nuclear New Build Business in the UK. Prior to that, Chris was in-house counsel at URENCO, the international nuclear enrichment and technology business, where Chris dealt with nuclear liability, international transport of radioactive materials, nuclear insurance and uranium trading.

IX.               Shanna Cleveland, Attorney-at-Law, Environmental Conservation, Boston, US.

Shanna Cleveland is a Attorney working to advance climate protection through promoting effective legislation, energy efficiency and renewable energy, and initiatives aimed at reducing reliance on fossil fuels. She worked as a litigation attorney before receiving her LL.M. in Environmental Law from the Vermont Law School with honours. She is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the State of Hawaii, and the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii. Previously, Shanna earned her B.A. from Harvard University with honours and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she served as an Executive Editor for the Virginia Law Review.

X.                  David Wilson, Head of Energy and Environmental Foresight, Scottish Government.

David heads Scottish Government’s energy and environmental foresight capability aiming to better anticipate strategic threats and opportunities. He currently leads an international government security community (under the Global Futures Forum) working on a range of issues that contribute to Human and Natural Resource security – such as energy, environmental degradation, water and food security, global health, climate change and bio diversity. Previously he served as Director of Innovation Development for Scottish Enterprise the main economic development agency in Scotland. Based in Europe, he latterly served as an associate deputy assisting the US Department of Energy (DOE) Energy and Environmental Security Directorate.

XI.               Geoffrey Wood

Geoffrey Wood is currently based at the centre for Energy Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee. His main research interests include climate change/environmental law, energy policy, regulation and law with emphasis on renewable and low carbon energy and the electricity sector, systems theory, energy-social-environmental interactions and sustainable development. His research has received awards from the Dundee Centre of Environmental Change and Human Resilience, and his near finished PhD is on: ‘Connecting the dots: A systemic approach to evaluating potential constraints to renewable deployment to 2020 and beyond in the United Kingdom’.

Getting To and More Information on the University of Stirling:

The University of Stirling is located in the heart of Scotland, and is set on one of the most beautiful campuses in Europe:

The university has its own sports facilities including a 50 metre swimming pool, golf course, shops, cafes, bars and cinema and is just 30-40 minutes from both Glasgow and Edinburgh airports. The campus can also be reached by train from both Glasgow (30 minutes) and Edinburgh (48 minutes), and is a short bus or taxi ride from the Stirling stop – (or 30 minute walk).

The University of Stirling is ranked:

  • Number 1 in Scotland and 8th in the UK in The Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 table, which ranks the world’s best 100 universities under 50 years old;
  • And is also one of The Times Higher Education Top 400 universities in the world