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This lecture, the second of the Harold Wilson Lecture Series, will outline the importance of a low carbon grid in Britain and the challenges this presents.

The lecture will be delivered by Dorothy Thompson, Chief Executive of Drax Group.

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There is a wide consensus that the future of the UK power system lies in low-carbon, renewable, power and that we need to deliver change quickly. Nearly everyone agrees, so what’s the delay? The answer is that achieving a genuinely low carbon grid is far more complicated than it sounds. Keeping the lights on needs a mix of different technologies with a range of qualities and attributes. We can’t simply knock down the fossil fueled generators and build new wind farms and solar parks. To make a success of a very low carbon world we need a holistic approach that fundamentally changes the way electricity is generated, supplied and used. Indeed some of the cutting edge technology we will need is still in its infancy. The distinctions between generators, suppliers and users are increasingly blurring and even now many of the long-standing truths and assumptions surrounding the power industry are being challenged. Dorothy Thompson, Chief Executive of Drax Group, will explain the challenges and what Drax Group is doing to rise to them.

Harold Wilson Lecture Series

In 2016, as part of the University's 50th Anniversary, in honour of our first Chancellor, the Prime Minister, Lord Harold Wilson of Rievaulx, and of his great foresight in setting up a technology university such as Bradford, we initiated the prestigious Harold Wilson Lecture Series.

Bradford is one of a handful of universities founded as technology universities representing a key component of Harold Wilson’s vision for improving the British economy via ‘the white heat of technology’ and we wish to recognise this in our 50th year, and annually thereafter, by inviting a high-profile speaker from the world of politics and technology to the University.

Harold Wilson was the First Chancellor of the University of Bradford from its founding in 1966 until 1985.

Dorothy Thompson was appointed CEO of Drax Group plc in September 2005. The Group’s principal activities are renewable electricity generation, electricity sales to business customers, and production of compressed wood pellets for use in electricity and heat generation. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Eaton Corporation plc and the Court of the Bank of England.

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