EXCLUSIVE: IPA board to shut down the Scottish Energy Association

EXCLUSIVE by Scottish Energy News

The only all-energy industry body in Scotland – the Scottish Energy Association – is to close down at the end of June 2017.

Colin McNaught, Chairman of Industrial and Power Association – which owns the Scottish Energy Association brand and copyright – said: “It is with a great deal of regret that the Board of the Industrial and Power Association Ltd has reached the very difficult decision to cease trading on 30 June by moving to implement voluntary dissolution.

“The timing of this decision means that the business will be able to continue to provide members with the normal service until the end of June 2017, pay all creditors and close the business in an orderly, professional and responsible manner.

“It is a priority for the Board that we honour all of our commitments during the winding-up process. The business currently conducted under the SEA brand will also cease at that time.

“The changes we have witnessed across the energy industry have impacted many of our colleagues in oil and gas, renewables, nuclear and hydro with the knock-on effect for IPA.

“The Board, after careful consideration, extensive research, analysis and discussion, has reached the unanimous decision that matters are unlikely to improve in the foreseeable future.

“This course of action enables us to give members three months notice of the closure and to continue to supply them with services during this period whilst allowing them to put in place suitable alternatives.

“We hope that, after due consideration, members will find this to be the proper and sensible decision. The Board has enjoyed serving members in the past and we wish them every success in the future.”

The final Knowledge Exchange seminar for friends and members of the Scottish Energy Association will be held tomorrow (20 April 2017) at 5pm-7pm in Glasgow.

Topics to be discussed include reform of Scottish Environmental Law with Gordon McCreath, and a debate on the government’s Scottish Energy Strategy’ led by Gary McGovern –  both Partners at the legal services firm Pinsent Masons

McNaught added: “It would be good and fitting to see as many of our members as possible at this final event.”

For more information and to register:  20/4/2017: Knowledge Exchange Meeting Glasgow

Hector Grant
Hector Grant

Hector Grant, chief executive, had last month announced his decision to stand down from his post to pursue other interests in south Britain

Members of the Scottish Energy Association – many of which joined as a direct result of Grant’s business development drive – include some of the ‘greatest and good-est’ in Scottish Energy; –

  • Scottish Gas
  • National Grid
  • Ricardo
  • Doosan Babcock
  • Community Windpower
  • RES
  • SLR
  • Stuart Paton Consultancy
  • Heliex Power
  • Snell Bridge
  • Logic Energy
  • Limpet Safety
  • Peel Energy
  • Siemens
  • Vento Ludens
  • Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage

COMMENT: 

Scotland’s energy industries still need a Scottish all-energy association

It is a universally-acknowledged truth that the Scottish energy industry landscape is cluttered, with a confusing – and some times overlapping and contradictory patchwork quilt of trade bodies, state quangoes, industry working groups, economic development agencies at local and/or national level, universities and private-sector incubators – never mind another layer of UK and pan-UK bodies.

But under the leadership of Chairman Colin McNaught and Chief Executive Hector Grant, the Scottish Energy Association – rightly – stood out from this crowd because of its unique ability to speak for all energy industries in Scotland.

The Scot-Govt. recently backed down on its admirable proposal to unify and slim-line this plethora of quangos and has had to accept the political arithmetic in Holyrood to retain, for example, corporately separate boards for both Scottish Enterprise and Highlands Enterprise, which is in turn (nominally) responsible for the state-owned marine energy quango…

Indeed, the state-owned Scottish wave energy quango is a spectacular example – to use a gold-plated, belt ‘n braces needless duplication metaphor – of both ‘locking the stable door after the horse as bolted’ and also of ‘throwing good money after bad’.

It was set up in a political rush to ‘do something’ after the wave-energy pioneer Pelamis sank – literally and financially – beneath the waves.Even worse, the new Scottish wave energy quango still continues to pump in public money in an attempt to – literally and financially – get surface-based marine energy convertors to float (and withstand the harsh North Sea climate),

The joke-of-the-Scottish renewables steamie is that ‘even if Pelamis had been called Pegasus, it still wouldn’t have flown…’

Meanwhile, Atlantis Resources – the private-sector tidal power colossus – is successfully – and commercially – building some of the world’s biggest sea-bed marine energy turbines off Caithness. Yet, tidal energy is submerged in the Scot-Govt’s Scottish Energy Strategy, while solar has been eclipsed and geo-thermal ‘rock energy’ buried..

The direction of travel for the energy industries – in both the small, separate, Independent Scandinavian neighbours (which the Scot-Govt frequently holds up as examplars of good practice, such as Denmark and Norway) and in southern Britain – is to combine and unify under an ‘all-energy’ banner (such as the East of England Energy Group, which embraces oil, gas and renewables..)

Scotland’s energy industries still need a Scottish all-energies association.

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