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2019 IET Power Academy Seminar

The 2019 seminar was held on the 18 and 19 July 2019 at The Crowne Plaza, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.




View the 2019 IET Power Academy Seminar programme.



Invited Power Academy Scholars stayed in rooms booked and paid for by the IET at The Crowne Plaza, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, a modern hotel in the heart of Newcastle-upon-Tyne on the night of 18 July 2019. On day one, lunch and refreshments were provided, followed by a formal dinner in the evening. On day two, breakfast and lunch were provided.  


After Dinner Speaker  

The after dinner speaker was Nick Ellins, Chief Executive, Energy and Utility Skills Group and the National Skills Academy for Power.



  • Tackling the 4D Energy Challenge through Storage and Flexibility: Decarbonisation, Decentralisation, Democratisation, Digitalisation by Professor Phil Taylor,Head of Engineering, Newcastle University

Some Years On!  Ex Scholars Presentations

Andrew Allan - RWE Generation UK

Andrew Berndes - Western Power Distribution

Gavin Howarth - Northern Powergrid


The IET Power Academy Essay Competition 2019

Every year, the Power Academy invites scholars to write a mini-essay on a chosen topic. 

The first prize is £600, the second prize is £400 and the third prize is £200.

This year scholars were invited to write 700 words on one of the following topics:-

1. The decarbonisation of heat is critical for the UK is to meet its decarbonisation targets. Discuss the possible routes to decarbonisation for the heat sector and the potential impacts on our existing infrastructure.
2. The UK’s installed capacity of base-load generation will continue to reduce as coal power is phased out and nuclear plant reaches end-of-life ahead of new-nuclear build. Is this a cause for concern or is the electricity supply industry ready for the changes this brings?
3. Is electric power really green?

This year's winners were:-

1st Prize   - Connie Edgar - Rolls-Royce - University of Strathclyde - Essay

2nd Prize  - Caleb Halfpenny - RWE Generation - Queen's University Belfast - Essay

3rd Prize   - Fraser Steedman - Atkins - University of Strathclyde - Essay

The three winners were announced at the Power Academy Seminar dinner on 18 July 2019. They received an invitation to attend the IET Annual Dinner in February 2020, including accommodation in a London hotel.

Other IET awards