Patrick Erwin

Policy & Markets Director
Northern Powergrid
Patrick Erwin

Patrick joined Northern Powergrid at the end of 2016 from INEOS Shale, where he led the Commercial and Business Development functions as well playing a wider role at INEOS Group level.

Before that he was a Senior Civil Servant, until the end of 2013, in DECC heading up the Energy Strategy and Programme team, running the Primary Legislation programme and leading on devolution issues.

He has held a wide range of policy and implementation roles in Central Government associated with energy, infrastructure and environment. This includes a spell leading DECC’s Energy Networks team, leading work on four Acts of Parliament (including two Energy Bills), and designing and implementing various regulations. He has also run several major programmes in government, including setting up the Planning Regime for Nationally Significant Infrastructure and acting as a Gateway Reviewer for major government programmes. Patrick currently sits on the Durham Energy Institute advisory board.

June 17, 2020
 - 14:00 BST (UTC+01:00)
Innovation at the Transmission & Distribution Level
Panel Discussion

DSOs and TSOs across Europe may feel overwhelmed by the huge scale of change that the transition requires, so how do they plan to manage this in practical terms?

  • The challenges of coordinating different assets from large-scale generation to wind, solar, hydro, EVs, domestic storage and importance of distributed energy
  • How networks are tackling the challenge of data and digitalisation
  • How the RIIO-ED2 process is offering greater opportunity to pause and re-think our approach
  • Harnessing the ability of all DNO/DSO businesses to best support our customers and communities
  • Learnings from the UK market for the rest of Europe