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Electricity systems of the future: incentives, regulation and analysis for efficient investment

18th March 2019 to 22nd March 2019
Andy Philpott University of Auckland
Chris Dent University of Edinburgh, The Alan Turing Institute
Natalia Fabra Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Ben Hobbs Johns Hopkins University

Workshop Theme:

Electricity systems of the future will be different from traditional electricity systems. New developments in electricity supply and distribution are driven by:

     (1)      the imperative to minimize carbon emissions,

     (2)      the development of efficient production technologies at small scale, and

     (3)      technological changes in instrumentation and communication.

The workshop will focus on economic mechanisms to incentivize investment in technologies and systems to yield outcomes that are close to being socially optimal, with “optimal” being defined broadly in terms of economic efficiency and social and environmental sustainability.  Each day of the workshop will be motivated by a key problem area that will be introduced by an eminent invited speaker. The subjects of the contributed talks presented on this day will be clustered around the key topic. All papers will have discussants.

Workshop topics could be a selection of (but not limited to) the following:

  1. Models for planning energy investment under uncertainty.
  2. Risk and investment in renewable generation.
  3. Market design for renewables dominated systems.
  4. The role of demand response in optimal investment.
  5. Investments in energy storage.
  6. Distributed and central generation: incentives for the right types, scale, location, and timing.
  7. Incentives for trading off investment in network, supply, storage, and demand management.
  8. Multiple objectives, consumer preferences, and sustainability.

Deadline for applications: 9th December 2018

MES programme participants DO NOT need to apply, programme participants with visit dates during MESW02 will automatically be added to the attendee list.

Please note members of Cambridge University are welcome to turn up and sign in as a non-registered attendee on the day(s) during the workshop and attend the lecture(s). Please note that we cannot provide you with any support including name badge, meals or accommodation.

In addition to visiting the INI, there are multiple ways in which you can participate remotely.

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Registration Only    
  • Registration Package: £230
  • Student Registration Package: £180

The Registration Package includes admission to all seminars, lunches and refreshments on the days that lectures take place (Monday - Friday), wine reception and formal dinner, but does not include other meals or accommodation.

Registration and Accommodation
  • Accommodation Package: £580

The Accommodation Package includes a registration fee, bed and breakfast accommodation at Churchill College from the evening of Sunday 17th March 2019 to breakfast on Saturday 23rd March 2019, together with lunches and refreshments during the days that lectures take place (Monday - Friday). The formal dinner is also included, but no other evening meals.

Formal Dinner Only
  • Formal Dinner: £50

Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event. For all remaining participants who would like to attend, such as programme participants, the above charge will apply.


Accommodation in single study bedrooms with shared facilities and breakfast are provided at Churchill College,



Lunch will be served from 12:30 to 13:30 on days that lectures take place.

  • Accommodation Package and Registration Package participants should present their name badges as payment for their meal
  • Those issued with an Institute door entrance card can add money onto the card via the Porters' Lodge at TBC
  • Other participants must purchase their meal using cash

Evening Meal

Participants are free to make their own arrangements for dinner.

Formal Dinner

The Formal Dinner will take place TBC at TBC. Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event.

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