Community Energy Scotland announce speakers for Edinburgh annual conference

Comunity Energy Scotland conferenceCommunity Energy Scotland is to hold its annual conference in Edinburgh on 25-26 November, with Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing delivering the keynote address.

More than two dozen other speakers are set to deliver a concentrated programme of information over the two day event – whether it is UK policy, technical information or the chance to hear about the latest assistance packages for community and local energy projects from the Scottish Government.

International speakers and global developments are also covered. Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Andy Oliver, Isle of Gigha Renewable Energy
  • Deb Roberts, James Hutton Institute
  • John Cunningham, Western Isles Council
  • Dr Stephen Bass, OFGEM
  • Lauri McCusker, Fermanagh Trust
  • Simon Trace, Practical Action

Carola Bell, Chairman, Community Energy Scotland, said: “Our 2014 conference will really build on and update our successful event in Glasgow last year. Focusing on retaining and adding local value through community ownership of our own energy, the conference will be bringing together all the strands of the community energy and local energy economy agenda, from finance to regulation, and from planning to technologies.

“As members of the Scottish Community Energy Coalition, we are making sure this will be the most collaborative conference we have staged.  We will be joined by our partners in projects, funding and academia to provide our community and associate members with a comprehensive opportunity to network, learn and exchange ideas.’

“It is becoming clear that Scotland will both need to change and can benefit hugely from the way it generates and distributes the local power we all need.  This will be an opportune time to place communities and local energy economies at the heart of Scotland’s energy future.”

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