Annual Conference 2020 Programme

Day 1
Time
Details
12:30

Registration, Networking & Exhibition

13:00

Plenary 1 - Climate response: the time is now

Climate change, as well as its current and future effects, has never been more central within public debate. Everyone wants to help, but which actions would see us really shift the dial? And how do we use the clear advantages we have in Scotland – abundant natural resources, a government fully signed-up to act and a strong track record in innovation – to lead the world in our response to climate change?

Welcome & Chair
Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables

Sponsor Welcome
Matthieu Hue, Chief Executive Officer, EDF Renewables

Speakers
Chris Stark, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change 
Jonathan Brearley, Chief Executive, Ofgem 

Q & A

14:45

Networking, Exhibition & Refreshments

15:30

Plenary 2 - All change: energy in the new political era

One of the key policy constraints of recent years has been the lack of political bandwidth available to address issues beyond Brexit. With a new set of politicians and minsters in place in Westminster it is imperative to establish the importance of our industry in the minds of political leaders and to make sure that we make the most of any opportunities which might be available to us.

This panel will consider the post-EU landscape, try to make sense of the direction of travel for energy policy at a UK level and identify the areas where we can gain some much-needed wins after an incredibly difficult spell for our industry.

Chair
Nick Sharpe, Director of Communications & Strategy, Scottish Renewables

Panellists 
Lord Ian Duncan, former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Climate Change, UK Government
Phil Henderson, Head of Government Affairs, ScottishPower
Stephen Gethins, former Special Advisor on energy to the First Minister

Q & A

16:45

Networking, Exhibition & Refreshments

17:15

Plenary 3 - 2045: Getting to where we need to be

To date, the decarbonisation of electricity has been focussed almost exclusively at a system level. With the next two major decarbonisation challenges - transport and heat - sitting much closer to the consumer, our industry must understand more about how to effect changes at that level.

Technology is also constantly altering the shape of both supply and demand, with demand response, time-shifting and more storage options entering the market. How can we make sure that the system keeps up with the changing demands being placed on it by smart consumers and smart devices? Will we be able to bring the investment markets along with us to enable the growth at the rate we need it? 

Chair
Morag Watson, Director of Policy, Scottish Renewables

Speakers
Phil Steele, Future Technologies Evangelist, Octopus Energy
Dr Jan Webb, Professor of Sociology of Organisations, University of Edinburgh
James Johnston, CEO & Co-Founder, Piclo
Colin Calder, CEO, PassivSystems 

Q & A

18:15

Networking Dinner

All delegates are invited to attend a networking drinks reception and dinner at the end of Day 1. Wine, beer, soft drinks and a hot networking buffet will be served. Further details can be found here

Day 2
Time
Details
09:00

Registration, Networking & Exhibition

09:30

Plenary 4 - Financing renewables: the green investment case

More than $30 trillion was invested in sustainable and green technologies in 2018. As technologies mature and industry begins to move closer to a subsidy free model, what is government’s role in the energy development process? What is the role of regulation in driving investment?

Do the financial markets see government interventions as useful or increasingly unstable? Given the investment and corporate governance world is shifting towards impact and clean investment, how do we make sure that all our technologies and deployment scales can benefit?  How do we accelerate the pace of investment in somewhere like Scotland to meet the earlier net zero target – what tools do we have at our disposal in terms of economic development and institutions which will make the difference?

Welcome
Rob Forrest, Chair, Scottish Renewables

Chair
Clare Lacey, Partner, QMPF

Speakers
Terry A’Hearn, Chief Executive, SEPA 
Katrine Feldinger, Head of International Capital Investment, Scottish Government
Tracy Black, Director, CBI Scotland 

Q & A

10:45

Networking, Exhibition & Refreshments

11:30

Plenary 5 - Systems transformation: accelerating the rate of change

Energy infrastructure has been the subject of fundamental change in recent years, with a political focus on baseload sometimes warping perceptions among consumers. Industry must now consider new energy vectors, such as hydrogen and storage, and how we can manage today’s infrastructure by utilising the characteristics and availability of multiple energy sources as renewables become the UK’s dominant source of power. Rising demand in other areas such as heavy industry – under pressure to decarbonise – and the EV market are opening up new, dynamic options.

How can we plan and manage our grid resource to meet the demands of the UK market? And how do we understand and keep pace with the changes that are happening around us and make sure that we use all the new options and tools available to us to optimise our energy networks?

Speakers
Audrey Ramsay, Head of GB Network Access Planning, National Grid ESO
Barry Carruthers, Head of Innovation & Sustainability, ScottishPower

Neil Kermode, Managing Director, European Marine Energy Centre
Karl Smyth, Head of Policy, Drax

Q & A

12:45

Networking, Exhibition & Lunch

13:45

Plenary 6 - Renewables changing the world

Chair
Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables

Speaker
Tim Marshall, Journalist, Author and Broadcaster 

Q & A

14:45

Networking, Exhibition & Refreshments

15:15

Plenary 7 - Planning for net zero: a step change to tackle climate change

While the Planning (Scotland) Bill has now made its way through Parliament, it is essential that the regional and local parts of the system governed by the National Planning Framework are open to support our national journey to net zero emissions. Similarly, planning frameworks offshore and those that affect low-carbon heat will need to be aligned with the new ambitions.

Planning is a key contingency of every project. With the rate of growth required to meet the recommendations of the Committee for Climate Change report we must ensure there is a wider and deeper understanding of the role of Government, local authorities and communities in helping to support not just our low-carbon ambitions but our local economic ones too.

Chair
Neil Collar, Partner/ Head of Planning Law, Brodies LLP 

Speakers
David Bell, Managing Director, David Bell Planning 
Alasdair Sutherland, Partner, Burness Paull 
Dave Hawkey, Heat Planning & Delivery, Scottish Government

Q & A

Closing remarks
Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables

16:30

Event close

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