By HECTOR GRANT
For everyone involved in and associated with the Scottish Energy Association, there is nothing more important to us than giving the energy industry the voice it needs in order to raise issues, voice concerns and engage the public in debate over key matters.
So on Friday 25 September, the Scottish Energy Association will be hosting the UK Shale Energy Conference in Glasgow to open this type of energy source up for an informed and balanced discussion.
It is essential for SEA that we constantly seek out opportunities to provide a platform for both sides of any current issue within the industry, we believe that it is down to us to take this responsibility on behalf of our members so we can fully explore and be better informed on all possible energy sources.
For us, hosting the UK Shale Energy Conference displays that we are not either for, nor against shale energy, but instead highlights that we are interested in hearing both sides on this contested issue and invite both our members and the interested public to join us to do the same.
The subject of shale energy is one which has been at the forefront of the industry for some time now, as we move forward it is vital to consider every argument, both for and against.
As the voice of the energy industry in Scotland, we simply have to open up the debate to all possible energy sources in order for us to come to an informed and fair conclusion.
This year we are facilitating the debate like never before to give everyone in attendance, as well as the public at large, the best opportunity to hear the facts from experts on both sides and make an informed choice on where they stand. This does not only apply specifically to shale energy, but to every energy source and any issues around it. Quite simply, it is within our members best interests that we remain impartial and present them the chance to hear the facts directly.
We are proud to be in a position where we can help those on both sides of the debate present the facts properly at the UK Shale Energy Conference. This is of course open to all of our members, but also open to any members of the public interested in this subject.
For more information on how to book tickets, please visit our website.
With just a few days to go, we look forward to hearing from those both for and against shale energy in the UK. It promises to be a fascinating debate on what is an ever-prominent issue within our industry.
HECTOR GRANT is Chief Executive of the Scottish Energy Association.