2014 Global Power Utilities Conference Summary

2014 Global Power Utilities Conference Summary

Conference recap report on the 4th annual KPMG Global Power & Utilities Conference held in London, UK on 7-8 October 2014 is now available to download.

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The conference was officially opened by Simon Collins, UK Chairman and Senior Partner of KPMG in the UK:

We were honored to welcome Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA) as opening keynote speaker of Day 1:

The first session of the conference was titled The Big Picture: the investor’s perspective, key issues and trends, which had two parts. The first part was moderated by David Gascoigne, Partner and Head of Power & Utilities in the UK, KPMG in the UK. The speakers of the session were the following:

Marie-Theres Thiell, Chief Executive Officer, RWE Hungary

Greg Kist, President, Pacific NorthWest LNG

Pierre Guiollot, Chief Financial Officer, GDF Suez Energy International

Pedro Azagra, Chief Development Officer and Member of the Executive Committee, Iberdrola

Marie-Theres Thiell, Chief Executive Officer, RWE Hungary

Greg Kist, President, Pacific NorthWest LNG

Pierre Guiollot, Chief Financial Officer, GDF Suez Energy International

Pedro Azagra, Chief Development Officer and Member of the Executive Committee, Iberdrola

The second part of the The Big Picture: the investor’s perspective, key issues and trends session was moderated by Alberto Martin Rivals, Head of energy and Natural Resources, Spain, who conducted an interesting discussion with Hiroshi Sakuma,Executive Vice President, Group CEO,Global Environmental & Infrastructure Business Group, Mitsubishi Corporation and Lena Mangondo, Head : Legal – IPP Projects.

Hiroshi Sakuma, Executive Vice President, Group CEO,Global Environmental & Infrastructure Business Group

Lena Mangondo, Head : Legal – IPP Projects

The third session was titled Engaging with customers. This session was moderated by Michael Salcher, Head of Power & Utilities, EMEA, Head of Global Energy Institute, EMEA. The speakers of the session were the following:

Kerstin Meerwaldt, Head of Energy Management Strategy, BMW Group

Jon Webster, Chief Operating Officer, Group Digital, Lloyds Banking Group

Ari Sargent, Chief Executive Officer, Powershop

Kerstin Meerwaldt, Head of Energy Management Strategy, BMW Group

Jon Webster, Chief Operating Officer, Group Digital, Lloyds Banking Group

Ari Sargent, Chief Executive Officer, Powershop

The next session in the plenary room was titled Market design and market reform and was chaired by Alistair Buchanan, former CEO of Ofgem and now Chairman of KPMG’s Power & Utilities Group in the UK, who looked at whether markets are moving towards or away from liberalisation, regulation or nationalisation. The participants of his session were:

David Newhouse, Special Advisor, International Financial Affairs at EDF

Werner Schnappauf, Senior advisor, Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Germany/EMEA and Lawyer and Partner, GVW

Joan McNaughton, Executive Chair of the World Energy Trilemma for the World Energy Council

Stefan Ulreich, Political Affairs and Corporate Communications Political & Regulatory Affairs, E.ON

The second day of the conference started with a debate between The Rt Revd Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn and Alistair Phillips-Davies, Chief Executive, SSE plc. They discussed the moral & ethical challenges facing utility companies.

The opening keynote speaker of Day 2 was Alistair Phillips-Davies, Chief Executive, SSE plc.

His speech was followed by the session titled Networks, where participants discussed if network businesses are facing transformation to become more efficient and customer centric. The moderator of this session was Matt Firla-Cuchra, Partner, KPMG in the UK. The speakers of this session were:

Mel Kroon, Chief Executive Officer, TenneT

Basil Scarsella, Chief Executive Officer, UK Power Networks

Bill Thompson, Group Regulation Manager. EirGrid plc

Mel Kroon, Chief Executive Officer, TenneT

Basil Scarsella, Chief Executive Officer, UK Power Networks

Bill Thompson, Group Regulation Manager. EirGrid plc

The last official session of the conference was titled Water - The shape of the global industry and lessons learned if investment is to be attracted. It was chaired by Mary Hemmingsen, Partner, KPMG in Canada, and the speakers of the session were :

Stuart Siddall, Chief Financial Officer, Thames Water

Juan Antonio Guijarro, Chief Executive Officer, Aqualogy (SE Group)

José Diaz Caneja, General Manager, Acciona Agua

Stuart Siddall, Chief Financial Officer, Thames Water

Juan Antonio Guijarro, Chief Executive Officer, Aqualogy (SE Group)

José Diaz Caneja, General Manager, Acciona Agua

During the closing remarks of the conference, Peter Kiss, Founder of the KPMG Global Power & Utilities Conference announced that next year the KPMG Global Power & Utilities Conference 2015 will take place in Madrid, Spain. More information about next year's event to be published soon!

Peter Kiss, Founder of the KPMG Global Power & Utilities Conference

and Alberto Martin Rivals, Head of energy and Natural Resources, Spain on stage inviting the participants to Madrid in 2015:

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