Editorial – Big bosses to take your questions at EL2014

Conference season is upon us. But forget the politicans posing in front of the converted. Forget the publicity machine that inflates egos and the chatter of campaigners ready to believe […]

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By Sumit Bose

Conference season is upon us. But forget the politicans posing in front of the converted. Forget the publicity machine that inflates egos and the chatter of campaigners ready to believe any old guff, provided it is decorated with the right coloured rosette.

The only conference where you will get the whole view of how politics affects the world of energy is Energy Live 2014.

You may already know it takes place on Nov 6th at the Barbican. You may already know our theme is the “politics of power” and that we are expecting 600 of you to turn up. But now I can reveal what we are doing for you the energy end user, the energy campaigner, the student, the consultant, the supplier, our reader.

We will be running a headline session “A Question of Energy” where you get to put the questions to a panel of three bosses of the Big Six. I am delighted to say we will have the CEO of SSE Alistair Phillips-Davies, the Managing Director of British Gas Business Stephen Beynon and the B2B Director at E.ON Anthony Ainsworth.

Joining them will be entrepreneur John Mills, Co-Chairman of Business for Britain, the apolitical campaign group working for the business community across the UK and the head of Power and Utilities at EY, Tony Ward.

Come and ask them questions in a no-holds-barred frank discussion of the big issues facing our energy sector ahead of the General Election. What do you feel about trust? Why are your bills going up? What will guarantee your supply? How do the suppliers make you feel? What do they want from the politicians?

What do you want to ask our panel?

We will also have a huge debate around the pros and cons of fracking and we will have a big voice from the world of politics. All this alongside four seminar sessions that run all day long discussing everything from ESOS and the Ofgem Code of Conduct, to LED lighting, dynamic demand management and fair bills for all, plus much, much more.

Our conference website will be up soon with further details and this year we will have an app too. Remember energy end users we have a limited number of free tickets so get yours now.