Scot-Govt. head of energy confirmed as key speaker for Scottish Energy Association conference next week

Since re-branding two years ago from the Industrial and Power Association to the Scottish Energy Association, the all-energy industry association has increased membership by almost 50% and continued to host and attend various networking and knowledge sharing meetings, events and conferences.

Its monthly Knowledge Exchange Meetings focus on a different topic each time and have only improved over the years, providing not only an insight into the industry but also useful discussions between members. Strengthening commercial relationships between our members is one of our top priorities and providing networking opportunities such as our Knowledge Exchange Meetings is of great importance.

Not only has it rebranded as a company,  the Scottish Energy Association  also rebranded its annual conference  and will now celebrate its tenth year under the new nameEnergy Scotland Conference.

The theme for the conference, taking place in Glasgow on 23 February 2017 will be “The Scottish Energy Strategy and Opportunities for the Industry”.  Speakers confirmed thus far include:

  • Chris Stark – Scottish Government Director of Energy & Climate Change
  • MSP Kate Forbes, (SNP, Skye & Lochaber)
  • Paul Steen of Ramboll
  • Duncan Booker, Glasgow Council
  • Prof. Karen Turner, Centre for Energy Policy, Strathclyde University
  • Garry Clark, Scottish Chambers of Commerce
  • Grant Spence of Mott McDonald
  • Andy Kerr, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation
  • Matt Hastings of Centrica
  • Stuart Little of IRT Surveys Ltd

Stark is the principal architect of the draft Scottish Energy Strategy, which sets out the Scot-Govt. vision and main priorities and action for the energy sector in Scotland. A key aspect is the whole systems view, so the draft strategy covers energy sources through to end use of electricity, heat and transport.

The Scottish Energy Strategy includes the proposal for 50% of Scotland’s electricity, heat and transport consumption to be supplied by renewable energy sources by 2030.

To deliver this, the strategy sets out a stronger emphasis on energy efficiency and smart local energy provision. Alongside the strategy are new proposals for onshore wind policy and a heat and energy efficiency strategy. Taken together, these documents represent a major update of Scottish Government policy on energy.

Hector Grant
Hector Grant

Hector Grant, Chief Executive of the Scottish Energy Association, said: “After a great couple of years as Scottish Energy Association and a successful 2016, we are looking forward to celebrating our 25th year in business, with various exciting events taking place throughout the year.

“We’d also like to thank all members and friends of the Scottish Energy Association for their continued support!

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