Future Energy Scenarios 2016

We launched our 2016 scenarios on Tuesday 5 July in London. 

Click here to view the presentation material shown at the conference.

Click here to read a summary of the responses received on the day to the question "how will the "Brexit" vote impact GB society over the next 20 years?".




The following speakers presented at the conference:

Jim Watson

Director, UK Energy Research Centre

Professor Jim Watson is Director of the UK Energy Research Centre and Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Sussex. He was Director of the Sussex Energy Group from December 2008 to January 2013. Jim has a degree in engineering from Imperial College London and a PhD in science and technology policy from Sussex. He has 20 years’ research experience on climate change, energy and innovation policy. His recent outputs include co-edited books: New Challenges in Energy Security: The UK in a multipolar world (Palgrave, 2013; with Catherine Mitchell) and Global Energy: Issues, Potentials and Policy Implications (Oxford University Press, 2015; with Paul Ekins and Mike Bradshaw).


Cordi O'Hara

Director of UK System Operator, National Grid

Cordi joined National Grid in January 2014 as Director of Market Operation and is now Director of UK System Operator.  She is responsible for the long-term strategy, planning and real time operation of the gas and electricity networks in GB, ensuring the delivery of the highest levels of service for customers and stakeholders. Prior to joining National Grid, Cordi spent 16 years at Centrica in a variety of commercial and operational roles, including Director of Trading, Head of Asset Optimisation, and Director of Origination. Cordi started her career in Yorkshire Electricity.


Marcus Stewart

Head of Energy Insight, National Grid

Marcus leads National Grid’s work on the future of energy. He is responsible for developing long-term supply and demand scenarios for electricity and gas, defining future balancing needs and analysis to support Electricity Market Reform. Working closely with industry stakeholders and government, this work plays a key role in predicting and shaping the GB energy landscape. He has two decades of experience in electricity and gas networks, within National Grid.


Alice Etheridge

Insights Manager, National Grid

Alice Etheridge is Insights Manager at National Grid in the SO Strategy team. She is responsible for delivery of the Future Energy Scenarios document and stakeholder engagement. Alice joined National Grid in early 2013 after spending nine years in the civil service, most recently at the Department of Energy and Climate Change on future electricity balancing and electricity demand reduction.



Jan Mather

Energy Supply and Demand Manager, National Grid

Jan Mather is the Energy Supply & Demand Manager within the System Operator at National Grid. She was previously the Operational Compliance Manager for Network Capability and Operations, Gas. Jan has a technology degree from the University of Salford and has 25 years of experience within the energy industry.



Julian Leslie

Head of Electricity Network Development, National Grid

Julian has worked for National Grid for the past 24 years. In his current role, he is responsible across GB for defining the future system capability needs, planning the year ahead and beyond system access requirements, supporting the economic cost-benefit analysis for timely investments and ensuring that the future network design is secure and operable. Julian is also responsible for managing the current and future transmission connections to the GB transmission network and hence appreciates the challenges and risks that developers are taking in developing new generation projects and continues to work to instigate changes that support the developers whilst balancing the National Grid and consumer risk.


  • 9.00am:Registration and refreshments
  • 9.30am:Event begins
  • Morning Presentations
    • Welcome - Cordi O’Hara, Director of Market Operation
    • Introduction – Roisin Quinn, Head of Energy Strategy and Policy
    • The 2015 scenarios – Nigel Fox, Strategy Development Manager
    • Key messages – Marcus Stewart, Energy Demand and Supply Manager; Russell Fowler, Power Demand Manager; John West, Electricity Policy and Performance Manager
  • Panel Debate
  • Lunch Break
  • FES exhibition
  • 3.30pm:Event closes 


One Great 
George Street 


Full accessibility information is available.

Wifi is available for all delegates.

Getting here
The venue is just 5 minutes’ walk away from both Westminster (Exit 6) District, Circle and Jubilee) and St James's Park (District and Circle) tube stations.

The closest mainline stations are Waterloo, Victoria and Charing Cross, while the closest bus routes (stopping near Parliament Square) include: 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88, 148, 159, 211 and 453.


We hosted our annual conference “Future Energy Scenarios” on Wednesday 15 July 2015, as part of the Future Energy Scenarios consultation process.

With the ever-changing nature of the energy industry, the focus of the day was be on the key themes that arose from this year’s analysis. We presented the future energy demand and supply mix, and explored what this means for balancing and operating the gas and electricity systems. An exhibition followed in the afternoon, covering this year’s analysis on demand, supply and balancing topics. 

Watch back the presentations from the day below.