While Scottish Energy Minister dithers, British Energy Minister confirms attendance at Ocean Energy Europe

 

Amber Rudd, UK Minister for Energy
Amber Rudd, UK Minister for Energy

Amber Rudd, UK Minister for Energy and Climate Change, has confirmed she will be attending next month’s Ocean Energy Europe conference.

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has been invited to attend – but has not yet confirmed whether or not he will be taking part in the conference, or even attending – the event in Paris on October 1-2.

This annual meeting dedicated to marine renewable energies in Europe gathers the industry leading players and experts during two days.

Minister Rudd will participate in a session entitled ‘CEO & Ministerial Session: Where Politics Meets Industry’ in the afternoon of Day One (1 October) alongside other EU Energy Ministers, European Commissioners and senior industry CEOs.

Gunther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Energy and Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, as well as several European energy ministers and influent players are also expected, including West Normandy Marine Energy.

Dr Sian George, Chief Executive, Ocean Energy Europe, the trade association for ocean renewables in Europe, highlights the potential of the Cherbourg/ West Normandy region to develop marine renewable energy. She said:

“France offers new growth opportunities for marine energies, with many projects funded and planned. Some of the first pilot-projects in Europe and, probably in the world, will be located in Basse-Normandie.

“The huge potential for development of offshore wind and tidal technologies in the region will stimulate unprecedented economic growth in terms of job creation and reallocation of port areas.”

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However, Scotland will be well represented at Ocean Energy Europe, with Tim Cornelius, Chief Executive of Edinburgh-registered Atlantis Resources, and Richard Yemm from Pelamis Wavepower – also based in Edinburgh – attending.

And Scottish Energy News – which is UK Media Partner to the Ocean Energy Europe conference – is also definitely attending this wave energy industry flagship event.

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