SR Grid Conference

Title:SR Grid Conference
Venue:Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Date(s):22 February 2012

Scottish Renewables Grid Conference

TimeDetails
08.30 - 09.15

Registration & Refreshments

09.15 - 10.45

PLENARY 1: GETTING SCOTLAND CONNECTED: A NEW ERA OF REGULATION
With myriad market reforms underway, it is easy to lose sight of the significance of regulatory developments at a European level. In as little as three years, such developments will herald a new age of regulation across Europe and have the potential to transform the GB market considerably. This session will look at what could be around the corner, how this will be implemented and what it will mean for you.

Chair:
Niall Stuart, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables
- Welcome

Speakers:
Dr Keith Bell, Institute for Energy and Environment, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde -
An Evolving European Energy Market
Craig Lucas, Executive Director, PPA Energy
Dr Robert Longden, Mainstream Renewable Power - Development in a transitioning energy market

10.45 - 11.15

Networking Break & Refreshments

11.15 - 12.30

PLENARY 2: GETTING SCOTLAND CONNECTED: PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
With around £32 billion of investment in grid infrastructure needed in the years up to 2020, it’s important that the grid is developed in a coordinated and cost efficient manner, whilst overcoming potentially difficult consenting issues, and balancing need with public perception. This session will look at the challenges, both onshore and offshore, and discuss how such challenges could be effectively managed.

Chair:
David Cameron, Head of Scottish Policy, EDF Energy

Speaker:
Scott Mathieson, Regulation and Commercial Director, SP Energy Networks
- The consenting and skills Challenge for 2020 and beyond

Panellists:
Ollie Payne
, Marine Protected Areas and Industries Adviser, JNCC
Moray Thomson, Partner, MacRoberts
Duncan Carter, Consumer Focus
Simon Coote, Head of Energy Consents and Deployment, Scottish Government

12.30 - 14.00

Networking Lunch


 

14.00 - 15.00

PARALLEL SESSIONS A AND B - GETTING SCOTLAND CONNECTED: REGULATION & REALITIES
Increasing amounts of renewable projects will be connecting to the distribution network in the run up to 2020, including around 500MW of community renewables. We look at industry’s latest thinking on the issues, from connections to charges.

PARALLEL A: DISTRIBUTION: CONNECTIONS, CHARGES AND COMMUNITIES

Increasing amounts of renewable projects will be connecting to the distribution network in the run up to 2020, including around 500MW of community renewables. We look at industries latest thinking on the issues, from connection to the grid, to being charged for using it.

Chair:
Dr Colin Foote, Head of Power  Systems, Smarter Grid Solutions

Speakers:
Mo Cloonan, Development Manager, Community Energy Scotland - How do we connect 500MW of community energy before 2020?
Marc Smeed, Xero Energy Consulting
- Connecting distributed generation: the connection challenege
Dr Graham Pannell, RES Group
- Using the distribution network: the charging challenge

PARALLEL B: TRANSMISSION: PROJECT TRANSMIT – THE REALITIES
A discussion and debate on the detail of Project TransmiT, as well as the implications for Scotland’s renewable resource.

Chair:
Maf Smith, Xero Energy

Panellists:
Michael McElhinney, Head of Energy Markets, The Scottish Government
Guy Nicolson, Head of Grid, Renewable UK
Niall Stuart, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables
Stefan Leedham, Senior Transmission & Trading Advisor, EDF Energy

15.00 - 15.30

Networking Break & Refreshments

15.30 - 16.30

PLENARY 3: GETTING SCOTLAND CONNECTED: UNLOCKING THE CONSTRAINTS
Increased generator participation in the Balancing Mechanism will continue to be an increasingly important element when operating a safe and secure electricity network. This session explores some of the challenges associated with wind generation and system operation.

Chair:
Jeremy Sainsbury, Chairman, Scottish Renewables

Speakers:
Duncan Burt, Customer Services Manager, National Grid
Kate Turner, Director - Energy Team, McGrigors

Allan Kelly, Regulatory Policy Manager, ScottishPower Renewables

16.30

Event Close