Spring Forum

Thursday 14 July, 2022

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Delivering the energy transition in a fractured world:

Navigating price volatility, geopolitical risk, and supply chain disruption

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 energy transition faces a perilous moment now. The pandemic is subsiding; yet the impacts of humanity’s response are being felt acutely across the energy sector.

First, the abrupt closure of the global economy stifled investment in swathes of the supply chain – notably in metals, fossil fuels and transport capacity – which has left substantial shortfalls and bottlenecks upon reopening. Strikingly, the cost of batteries and solar cells are up 30%, against a backdrop of rapidly falling price over the past decade.

Second, enormously accommodative monetary and fiscal policy – especially in the USA – has created a macroeconomic environment of stagflation that is blunting investment signals and may well presage a higher interest rate environment.

Third, geopolitical conflict has boiled over into war in Europe and the supply of energy is being wielded as among Russia’s most potent weapons.

Amid this chaos, Aurora’s 2022 Spring Forum returned for its 8th edition, offering an opportunity to sit back in Oxford, take stock, reflect and engage with other energy sector decision-makers from around the world.

The leading annual gathering of the energy industry, the Aurora Spring Forum 2022 discussed the state of the energy transition globally in the context of Russia’s war in Ukraine and the long-term security and affordability of energy in Europe.

The Aurora Spring Forum 2022 provided crucial insights from our curated list of speakers, including Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng – UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Ben van Beurden – CEO, Shell, Miguel Stilwell d’Andrade – CEO, EDP & EDP Renewables, Ruth Kent – Managing Partner & COO, Renewable Power & Transition Group, Brookfield, Greg Jackson – Founder & CEO, Octopus Energy, Hunter Hunt, Chairman and CEO Hunt Energy and more! See the full list of speakers below.

More details about the Aurora Spring Forum 2023 will be available soon.


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.