Economist and University of Oxford Professor, Dieter Helm, will deliver one of the keynote address at this year’s The Energy Event, which returns to the NEC, Birmingham from September 16th to 17th, in its new halls 3 and 3A.

The Energy Event, an energy exhibition and conference dedicated to energy procurement, management, and efficiency, will welcome more than 6,000 visitors and 200 exhibitors when it returns this year.

Exhibitors will range from major energy suppliers to brokers, consultants and product manufacturers. Brands confirmed include Philips Lighting, Corona Energy, Dong Energy, Haven Power, Smartest Energy, Scottish & Southern Energy Power Distribution and Energy Assets.

BIU is this year’s headline sponsor for The Energy Event and the Major Energy Users’ Council is a key Partner for the show. Andrew Bainbridge, MEUC chairman, said: “Over many years The Energy Event has proved itself to be an invaluable source of information and networking. Professionals come together to hear the most knowledgeable speakers and meet the serious suppliers.”

Free conference programme

This year’s keynote speakers will join more than 80 industry leaders and policy makers on this year’s two-day programme of free CPD-accredited seminars. The conference will address all of the topical energy issues facing both commercial and industrial, and public sector organisations. Areas for discussion include the Electricity Market Reform, carbon legislation, fracking and how to improve your bottom line through energy efficiency.

The Energy Information Theatre

The Energy Information Theatre offers a lineup of case studies from public and private sector energy managers, sharing their experiences and insights into best commercial energy management practice.

Rob Scoulding, regional energy and environment manager for The Co-operative Group, will explore his successful process for achieving business engagement and behaviour change in energy management. Paul Crewe head of engineering, sustainability, energy and environment for Sainsbury’s will offer practical advice for businesses reducing energy consumption and carbon.

Debate will be at the heart of this year’s programme, with panel discussions exploring challenges such as managing energy efficiency in healthcare buildings, retrofitting social housing to optimise energy efficiency and achieving targets with limited budgets. Issues affecting local authorities will also be addressed, with Bristol, North Somerset and Lancashire County Councils debating the energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that work for county councils.

The Energy Leaders Theatre

The Energy Leaders Theatre will explore the key energy issues and debates facing commercial and industrial company boardrooms, energy procurement professionals, plus pending forecasting and compliance legislation. It will also tackle the renewables roadmap, implications of Mandatory Carbon Reporting and opportunities presented in the Electricity Market Reform.

John Edwards, director of the Energy for Education Co-op will demonstrate how their collaborative procurement model has helped UK schools significantly reduce energy costs. And a seminar on the collaborative buying power of energy will focus on the advantages of working together with peers or local partners.

Richard Tarboton, director of Energy and Carbon at BT will explore how Mandatory Carbon Reporting has helped the company improve procurement and save costs, offering insights into how other businesses can achieve similar success.

Sarah Porter, division director for the environment events at i2i, including The Energy Event, said: “With energy efficiency, legislation and, even new mining approaches such as fracking, being high on the nation’s conscience, The Energy Event is the definitive destination for anyone in the UK with an energy remit. Our conference programme is more comprehensive than ever before, with some of the world’s leading brands and minds sharing their thinking and experiences.”

Three additional i2i environmental shows are also co-located with The Energy Event – The Renewables Event, The Water Event and RWM in association with CIWM. This co-location offers visitors the opportunity to build their knowledge, source products and services, and network across the sectors of resource and waste management, energy management and efficiency, renewable energy and water efficiency, management and procurement.

For more information and to register for your free ticket to The Energy Event, visit You can also keep up to date with the latest news and opinions about the exhibition by following @i2iEnergy on Twitter. If you’re interested in exhibiting, please contact Guy Davies, on, +44203 033 2452, or Tony Lambert,, +44203 033 2814