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Local Authority Lighting: Energy Crisis Questions and Answers

02 February 2023 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Supporting asset managers, street lighting engineers, public realm designers and energy managers to navigate through the energy crisis

As the impact of the energy crisis starts to affect spending on energy for road and street lighting, Local Authorities are facing difficult choices and starting to question when and what lighting must be provided.

Join us for a day of information, support and evidence to help you navigate the energy crisis with competence and professionalism.

CPD talks and advice on

  • How not to turn the street lights off: Energy crisis guidance for street lighting authorities
  • You can’t replace your street lights for solar… yet!
  • Future funding
  • How to gain savings from inventory (no matter how neglected your records are)
  • Panel Session with local authority experts – including the front line, and the bottom line

Exhibition Showcase – suppliers of technology, equipment and services that can help you. All within the same room, participating in the same sessions, joining the conversation.

Why attend face to face?

We look after your wellbeing during the day with a balance of opportunities for conversations, refreshments, and daylight. This is not ‘death by powerpoint’; this is an enriching CPD experience for each attendee giving you the tools you need to do your job more effectively.

A digital safety net: if you cannot attend in person, we will provide as much of the information as possible in an online format.

What’s happening:

10.00 Doors open

10.30 Welcome and Showcase Session

A representative from each showcase company will have 60 seconds to answer the question ” how can your company help local authority lighting professionals coping with the energy crisis?”

11.00 “How not to turn off the street lights: defending a safe highway lighting service in a time of crisis”

Allan Howard  BEng(Hons) CEng FILP FSLL

Group Technical Director (Lighting & Energy Solutions) WSP

As the impact of the energy crisis begins to bite, Councillors and other Officers are questioning those responsible for Local Authority street lighting regarding provision of this service. In some instances, lighting professionals are coming under pressure to make changes which cause them concern. Allan will summarise the relevant legislation regarding the provision of street lighting, discuss potential options open to those responsible for lighting, and advise on how to approach and address requests that the lighting professional feels will adversely affect safety.

Allan’s volunteer and industry roles include: Executive secretary CIE-UK National Illumination Committee of Great Britain, Secretary to the UK Lighting Liaison Group, International Commission for Illumination Division 4 Technical Committee member TC4-53 and TC4-58, ILP Technical Committee member and IET Committee Guidance on highway electrical street furniture.

Why attend? This session will give you clarity on the right to provide street lighting. You will learn how to ensure that the service is maintained, and how the authority may consider approaches to reduce their energy consumption in light of the energy crisis. You will gain an understanding of how to consider departing from standards through risk analysis. Find out how, as a professional, you should act if you feel that a strategy will adversely affect safety.

11.30 – Refreshments

12.00 “You can’t replace your street lights for solar… yet! Asking the right questions at the right time”


Technical Manager, Institution of Lighting Professionals

12.15 “Future funding”

Gary Kemp

Policy Advisor, Department for Transport

Ideas and advice for local authority lighting professionals to get the finance officers and leaders of the council on board with the need for good lighting provision.

12.30 – Refreshments and daylight break in the courtyard garden

14.00 “Energy and your Inventory. Are you making the savings you think you are?”

David Lewis IEng FILP

Account Manager, Power Data Associates Ltd

Are you responsible for electrical unmetered energy? In today’s environment the focus on energy reduction is at the forefront, more so for Local Authority officers who are sometimes tasked with the impossible. This talk will summarise the recent updates from Ofgem and Elexon and how they impact those with unmetered connections. It will also focus on how to achieve and monitor those expected energy savings and what options are available.

David’s extra curricular roles include: member of UMSUG, ILP LDC Manchester committee member, LDC Manchester regional VP Government and Policy Representative.

Who should attend? Everyone responsible for, or involved in, the provision of unmetered connections and/or asset inventories, energy procurement officers, and Local Authority Councillors.

14.30 – Refreshments

15.00 Panel Discussion

Chaired by Fiona Horgan, ILP President

The panel session will bring experts together for intelligent discussion and debate around the energy crisis. Speakers from the day, along with guests from key organisations, will join ILP President Fiona Horgan for an interactive session where we invite the audience to voice their questions.

Our panellists are:

Mo Baines – CEO, Association for Public Service Excellence

Mike Levack – CEO, Highway Electrical Association

Alec Peachey – Local Council Roads Innovation Group

Allan Howard – WSP

David Lewis – Power Data Associates

Guy Harding – Technical Manager, ILP

Gary Kemp – Department for Transport

Karl Rourke – East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Followed by final refreshments – departure by 16.00

Photo by Mukesh Naik on Unsplash

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2nd February, 2023
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mercure Daventry Court Hotel
Sedgemoor Way
Daventry, England NN11 0SG United Kingdom

The ILP seeks to be as inclusive as possible, so if you have any concerns about applying for membership / attending our Exterior Lighting Diploma courses, LDC local events or our one-day courses for whatever reason please let us know and we will try to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that you can fully engage with the ILP.