Onshore Wind Conference 2021 Programme


Exhibition & Networking


Scotland’s onshore wind future

Onshore wind is a Scottish success story, delivering for the economy, communities, consumers and for the climate. But despite this success and the declaration of a Climate Emergency, further deployment feels like an uphill struggle.

In this session we’ll address:

  • The scope of Scotland’s onshore wind ambition
  • The future shape and size of Scotland’s onshore wind industry – and what we need to do to get there
  • What Scotland’s onshore wind industry could deliver for our people, communities and our climate

Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables

Lee Wilkinson, Senior Consultant, BVG Associates
Lesley McNeil, Head of Wind Energy Policy & Development, Scottish Government
Derek Hastings, Head of Onshore Projects, SSE Renewables
Jeremy Sainsbury OBE FRICS, Director, Natural Power

Q & A 


Exhibition & Networking


Grappling with the grid: Getting the wires singing for net-zero

We have the wind, technology, and ambition - but without grid connections available at a reasonable cost and in reasonable timescales we cannot rise to the net-zero challenge. Our current system was designed more than half a century ago and is no longer fit for purpose. It’s time for change.

 In this session you will learn:

  • The negative impact of TNUoS on achieving net-zero
  • The scale of network reform needed to accommodate our 2030 deployment target
  • Alternative approaches to grid reinforcement – and how they can make marginal projects viable

Morag Watson, Director of Policy, Scottish Renewables

David Boyland, Commercial Policy Manager, SSEN Transmission
Charlotte Ramsay, Director - Energy Systems Management and Security, Ofgem

David Acres, Head of Policy, EDF Renewables UK 

Q & A


Exhibition & Networking


Planning: Putting ambition into practice

With the declaration of a Climate Emergency and world-leading net-zero targets, Scotland’s planning system needs to adapt quickly to enable renewable energy to play its key role in delivering our climate change ambitions. The Scottish Government’s NPF4 Position Statement says it wants to rebalance the planning system and giving greater weight to climate change in future land use decisions – but will rhetoric become reality?

 In this session we’ll cover:

  • What rebalancing the planning system could look like in practice
  • Wind farms of the future and the planning system’s role in enabling the use of the latest turbine technology
  • How renewable developments are affected by wider land use issues and objectives, including securing positive effects for biodiversity

Craig Whelton, Partner, Burges Salmon

Marcus Trinick QC
Geum Chrystal, Senior Project Manager, Natural Power
Simon Brooks, Strategic Planning Manager, NatureScot

Q & A


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