Spring Forum

Wednesday 29 March, 2023

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Facing new realities: rethinking energy use, supply and policy in the wake of the global energy crisis

Key topics will include:

  • Global Net Zero by 2050 – feasibility and financial implications
  • The role of the utilities in achieving Net Zero and the policies needed in this parliament
  • The role of hydrogen in Net Zero as one of the most promising decarbonisation options
  • Financial implications of Coronavirus on energy companies
  • Net Zero technologies: the role of nuclear and Government support for the next wave of emerging technologies
  • Renewables investment – strategies in an increasingly competitive sector
  • The role of the company board during the transition
  • The European Green Deal and what it means for the power sector

The global energy industry continues to face turbulent times, experiencing the worst energy crisis in decades, with high energy prices, supply chain disruptions, and economic instability.

However, almost a year after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the outlook is relatively positive compared to early dire predictions. The global economy has weathered the impact of the loss of Russian supply. Despite massive short-term cost increases, energy rationing has not yet been required, and in spite of the short-term political panic, the main institutions of the European energy policy—including the wholesale electricity markets—are intact.

While the short-term news is surprisingly positive, the world that emerges from this energy crisis will require a vastly different strategy to approaching the energy transition.

Firstly, supply chains have shortened. It is difficult to imagine a return to the levels of integrations that drove the energy transition in the past decade, such as solar and battery technology from China.

Secondly, decarbonisation is now a matter of survival. The need for energy independence, especially in Europe, has reinforced the existing decarbonisation imperative to drive investment in both mature and immature energy technologies.

Thirdly, Europe’s energy intensive industries are threatened. Europe must now re-evaluate the reliance of its manufacturing industry on cheap Russian fossil fuels, especially in countries like Germany.

With these challenges facing policy makers, investors, and players in the energy market across the globe, the Aurora Spring Forum 2023 will focus on rethinking energy use, supply, and policy in the wake of the global energy crisis.

The leading annual gathering of the energy industry, the Aurora Spring Forum 2023, returns to Oxford on Wednesday 29 March for its 9th edition, offering a unique opportunity to engage with energy sector decision-makers from around the world.

Attend the event to hear from the world’s most influential private sector CEOs/CFOs and Energy Ministers, including Michele Crisostomo, Chair of Enel; Markus Krebber, CEO of RWE; Laurie Fitch, Non-Executive Director of EDP & Strategic Advisory Group Partner at PJT Partners; Keith Anderson, CEO of Scottish Power; and many more.

Scroll to see the list of speakers from our 2022 event for a glimpse of who to expect at the Aurora Spring Forum 2023.

Join the Aurora Spring Forum 2023 for a full day of intellectual engagement, thought-provoking analysis, and premium debates. The event offers several key networking opportunities during the day, including a networking lunch, a drinks reception, and a networking dinner in the evening.

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2022 Speakers

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng

UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Ruth Kent

Managing Partner & Chief Operating Officer, Renewable Power & Transition Group, Brookfield

Ben van Beurden

Chief Executive Officer, Shell

Nora Mead Brownell

Former Commissioner FERC and Former Chair PG&E

Miguel Stilwell d’Andrade

Chief Executive Officer EDP and EDP Renewables

Katja Wünschel

Chief Executive Officer, Onshore Wind and Solar Europe & Australia, RWE Renewables

Greg Jackson

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Octopus Energy

Hunter Hunt

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Hunt Energy

Fintan Slye

Executive Director Electricity System Operator, National Grid

Maxim Timchenko

Chief Executive Officer, DTEK

Luba Kotzeva

Managing Director European Energy & Renewables, Lazard

Stefan Kapferer

Chief Executive Officer, 50Hertz

Caroline Lytton

Managing Director, Head of Power & Renewables Global Structured Finance EMEA, SMBC

Rt Hon Lord Deben

Chairman, The Committee on Climate Change

Tony Cocker

Independent Non-Executive Director, SSE

Laurie Fitch

Strategic Advisory Group Partner, PJT Partners

Mark Collette

Managing Director, EnergyAustralia

Tom Glover

UK Country Chair, RWE

Emma Pinchbeck

Chief Executive, Energy UK

Scott L. Strazik

Chief Executive Officer, Global Energy Business Portfolio, General Electric

Christopher Hunt

Co-founder and Partner, Sandbrook Capital

Emily Gosden

Energy Editor, The Times

David Swindin

Chief Executive Officer, Cubico Sustainable Investments

Hugo Lidbetter

Partner, Osborne Clarke

Mallika Ishwaran

Chief Economist, Shell

Rachel Fletcher

Director of Regulation and Economics, Octopus Energy

Bobby Chada

Equity Investment Analyst, Capital Group

Jens Madrian

Executive Director, NEOM Energy

Catherine Newman

Chief Executive Officer, Limejump

Paul Ezekiel

Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer, Amp Energy

Richard Green

Professor of Sustainable Energy Business, Imperial College Business School

Egbert Laege

Managing Director, Securing Energy for Europe

Rosheen McGuckian

Chief Executive Officer, NTR

Robert Llewellyn

Presenter, The Fully Charged Show

Kellie Metcalf

Partner, EnCap

Jane Walker

Deputy Director, Energy Markets & Consumers, BEIS

Paul McCusker

Senior VP EMEA, Fluence

Nick Wooley

CEO & Co-Founder,

Alex Grant

UK Country Manager & SVP, Equinor

Paul Spence

Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs, EDF Energy

Ben Guest

Head of New Energy Division, Gresham House

Previous Years

To download materials and view the agenda and speakers from previous Spring Forum events, please browse our event archive.