Last week, the Industrial & Commercial Markets team hosted its annual customer conference, the npower Energy Debate. The event was a great success with more than 100 guests who attended. For our major business customers energy can be a big chunk of their budget and they need to be on top of all the latest news - so it's important that they're able to participate in an engaging day of presentations, discussions and debate on the latest thinking and insight into the UK energy market and the issues affecting businesses.
As well as offering customers direct access to industry experts; there were also opportunities for networking with other senior energy professionals, with many participants choosing to stay around after the event to network and enjoy a drinks reception on the venue’s very sunny terrace overlooking Hyde Park Corner.
The key theme of this year’s event was helping businesses take control of their energy purchasing in such uncertain times, with fascinating keynote addresses from David Smith, economics editor of The Sunday Times and Rhian Kelly, director for business environment at the CBI.
The event also contained two hotly contested debate sessions, with panel members including David Kennedy, Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change; David Porter, Acting Chief Executive of Energy UK; Maria McCaffery, Chief Executive of Renewable UK; Jeremy Nicholson, Director of the Energy Intensive Users Group; and Tony Ward, UK Head of Power and Utilities at Ernst & Young.
npower’s own energy experts were also in attendance including Volker Beckers, Group Chief Executive Officer of RWE npower; npower’s Chief Operating Officer, Kevin McCullough; Chief Commercial Office of RWE npower, Paul Massara; John McElroy, Director of Policy and Public Affairs; and Wayne Mitchell, Director of Industrial and Commercial Markets.
The npower Energy Debate took place on 24 May at the Royal Aeronautical Society at 4 Hamilton Place in London for the third year running. The event was chaired by television presenter and journalist Sumit Bose, editor of Energy Live News, an online news agency covering the UK energy sector.