Scotland’s dynamic renewables industry hold its annual conference in Edinburgh again this year, with more than 1,000 visitors and 60 exhibitors expected to attend. The key highlight will be the announcement by Paul Wheelhouse, MSP, the Scottish Environment Minister, of the winner of the 2014 Saltire Prize winner.
The Saltire Prize Medal recognises outstanding contributions by individuals or groups to the development of marine renewable energy. Previous winners have included:
– Professor Stephen Salter, the ‘founding father’ of wave energy, in 2011
– Richard Yemm, Pelamis Wave Power, in 2012, and:
– Professor Peter Fraenkel MBE, co-founder of Marine Current Turbines, 2013.
The Scottish Government set up the Saltire Prize – Scotland’s £10 million challenge – to accelerate the commercial development of marine energy. Scotland is particularly well-placed to do this given its history of technological innovation and its vast reserves of renewables potential.
One of the member of this year’s judging panel is Mary McAllan, recently appointed as Director of Energy and Climate Change in the Scottish Government civil service.
McAllan became Principal Private Secretary to Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister in January 2012. She is a career civil servant having joined the (then) Scottish Office in 1993, from a post in industry in the Scottish engineering sector.
Her civil service career has developed across a range of areas. Her first post was in health where she was involved in the market reforms of the early 1990s moving thereafter to food safety and the creation of the Food Standards Agency.
Other events at the renewables energy conference include a discussion led by Christian Egal, Chief Executive, EDF Energy Renewables; Ronnie Bonnar, Managing Director, Repsol Nuevas Energias UK and Martin McAdam, Chief Executive, Aquamarine Power.
Dr Richard Smith, Head of Energy Strategy, National Grid, will discuss future energy scenarios for the UK, while in a separate session Mark Copley of Ofgem will speak on Future Trading Arrangements and the challenge of delivering secure, low carbon and affordable electricity.
On day two, the conference will split into four separate events examining the pillars which support the growth of the industry: Finance, Planning and Consents, Grid and, Technology and Innovation.