Our energy infrastructure future: smarter living and central electricity generation? Cardiff

16 June, 2015 | 17:30 - 19:30

Our energy infrastructure future: smarter living and central electricity generation? Cardiff

About this event

The presentation will focus on the benefits and opportunities presented by the development of locally generated, stored and transmitted electricity, and how best to combine these developments with central large-scale electricity generation and transmission.

The speaker is Professor Ron Loveland FInstP, Energy Advisor to the Welsh Government.

Locally driven issues he will address are:

  • ‘Smarter’ buildings able to generate electricity
  • Energy conservation
  • ‘Smart’ grids
  • Local energy storage
  • Integrated local community energy systems
  • Innovation opportunities
  • Public attitudes to local energy issues

National issues discussed will include:

  • Transmission grids
  • What are the most effective, secure and economically viable type of power stations
  • How best to inform public debate around climate change and energy
  • How to combine the best of local and national electricity generation

Professor Ron Loveland is a very experienced member of the senior civil service having working extensively at the industry/government interface on technology, innovation, enterprise and energy matters over the last 30 years.

Following holding the post of Director: Sustainable Energy and Industry in the previous Welsh Assembly Government, he was appointed four years ago as the energy advisor to the current Welsh Government with a mix of path-finding, advisory and ambassadorial roles (local and international) associated with helping to deliver the ambitious Ministerial energy-investment objectives for Wales on a joined-up government basis.

Prior to holding these positions, Ron was the chief technology officer responsible for advising the Welsh Assembly Government on energy, steel, telecommunications and more general sustainable-business-development policies. Following an earlier a mix of academic/industrial research, health and safety regulation and Whitehall based roles, Ron came to Wales in 1986 as head of the innovation and technology operation within the then Welsh Development Agency.

Ron now has a 5 year appointment (2014-19) as an honorary professor at the College of Engineering, Swansea University. He is a Fellow of the UK’s Institute of Physics and an ex-chartered member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers. He participates in the work of many UK and Wales energy and innovation committees.

Ron is also privileged to have an international dimension to his work in China, Japan, USA Australia, Dubai and Europe. In the light of the growing importance of international developments to a low cost, low carbon energy future, this aspect of his work is expanding. In order to facilitate this, Ron now also operates for part of the year from a base in Australia at the National Institute of Energy Resources in Newcastle NSW.