SCOTLAND’S RENEWABLE FUTURE: Scottish Power chief tells renewables industry to ‘cheer up’

SRF logo for SENKeith Anderson, Chief Executive, Scottish Power Renewables – a keynote speaker at the recent All Energy event in Glasgow – questioned why everyone in the renewables industry looked so “miserable” and reminded delegates to “focus on what we have achieved and continue to be a huge success”. 

He then went on to set out three priority areas for the renewable energy industry, which continued to be key themes throughout the event:

  • Life extension of onshore wind assets
  • Energy storage and
  • Leadership.

The shutdown of 50,000-MWh of electricity from wind farms over the Easter holiday weekend due to lack of storage facilities, made energy storage another hotly debated topic.

Julian Leslie, Electricity Network Development Manager, National Grid said that energy storage was ‘on the cusp of explosive growth’ in the coming years, but also warned that the current regulatory framework was hindering deployment.

Meanwhile, although the Scottish Parliament 2016 election is now behind us, there are many unanswered questions about the future of the UK renewables industry on both sides of the border

The energy sector is undergoing an unprecedented transition as the government steers the sector towards a lower carbon future. And yet the energy transition faces some significant risks.

So as well as exploring these industry-wide themes, SCOTLAND’S RENEWABLE FUTURE conference is an opportunity to both raise these issues with Scotland’s MSPs in our Question Time debate – and also an opportunity to highlight some of the best practice in key renewable energy sectors.

New challenges require new ways of working. But before that can happen, they also require new ways of thinking (and communicating this thinking).

Come and hear about new ways of thinking at SCOTLAND’S RENEWABLE FUTURE conference, 26 May 2016 at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation. 

Dr Sabrina Malpede
Dr Sabrina Malpede

Click here for full conference programme and for more informationhttp://www.scotlandsrenewablefuture.co.uk/on our speakers and their new ways of thinking: 

  • Andy Kerr, Director, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon
  • Ian Marchant, Chairman, Nova Innovation
  • Neil Kermode, Managing Director, European Marine Energy Centre
  • Nathan Goode, Director, Aventia Consulting
  • Stuart Haszeldine, Director, Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Tara Schmidt, Analyst, Wood Mackenzie
  • Lawrence Slade, Chief Executive, Energy UK
  • Neil Douglas, Natural Power
  • Alan Duncan, BVG Associates
  • Les King, Director, Technology and Policy, Doosan Babcock
  • Jon Cape, Managing Director, iPower
  • Dr. Sabrina Malpede, Managing Director, ACT Blade
  • Conference Chairman: Jeremy Peat

MSPs newly-elected to the Scottish Parliament in last week’s Holyrood elections will also take part in a ‘Question Time’ debate.

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