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Conference Programme

Time Details
09:00 Registration, Networking & Exhibition
09:30

Plenary 1

What comes next?

2017 was a year of strategies, with the publication of both the UK Government’s Clean Growth Strategy and the Scottish Government’s Energy Strategy. But how will these visions become reality? This session will evaluate the new strategies and identify some key priorities for action for both sets of decision makers.

Chair
Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables

Speakers
Richard Leyland, Deputy Director - Heat Programme, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK Government
Ross Loveridge, Head of Heat Regulation, Heat & Energy Efficiency Unit, Scottish Government
Eoghan Maguire, Senior Strategic Advisor, Vattenfall

Panellist
Kathleen Robertson, Head of Heat & Energy Efficiency Unit, Scottish Government

Q&A

10:30 Networking Break & Exhibition
11:15

Plenary 2

Levelling the playing field

With the UK Government set to consider how it will support renewable heat beyond the Renewable Heat Incentive’s end in 2021, this session will look in detail at current and future incentives. Should incentives continue in their current form, or can lessons be learnt from proposed regulatory approaches for district heating? And what new revenue opportunities might arise from a decentralised energy system?

Chair
Fabrice Leveque, Senior Policy Manager, Scottish Renewables

Speakers
​Dr Tanja Groth, Decentralised Energy Manager, Carbon Trust
​Andrew Yuill, Senior Renewable Heat Manager, Natural Power
​Richard Lowes, Researcher, University of Exeter
Dr David Hawkey, Research Fellow, Sustainable Heat & Local Energy, University of Edinburgh

Q&A

12:30 Networking Lunch & Exhibition
13:30

Plenary 3

Breaking down the barriers

There are a host of non-financial barriers to overcome if low-carbon heat is to emulate the success of power sector decarbonisation. Hear from those on the front line of delivering projects about planning, network, legal and other challenges, and the solutions they have found.

Chair
John Barclay, Associate Director, ITPEnergised

Speakers
Dave Pearson, Director, Star Renewable Energy
​Peter Bense, Engineering & Resources Director, SWECO
​Jackie Sayer, Engineer (Energy & Sustainability), The Highland Council
​Grant Feasey, Senior Design Engineer, AES Solar

Q&A

14:30 Networking Break & Exhibition
15:15

Plenary 4

Time to innovate

The UK Government’s Industrial Strategy emphasises the role of innovation in helping solve the heat puzzle. As well as lowering costs and improving the customer experience, an increasing number of projects are looking at the viability of hydrogen to decarbonise the heat system.

Chair​
Ragne Low, Principal Knowledge Exchange Fellow, Centre for Energy Policy, University of Strathclyde

Speakers
Mark Wheeldon, Innovation Project Manager, SGN
Dr Daniel Friedrich, Chancellor's Fellow, University of Edinburgh
John Mackintosh, Business Development Director, GI Energy
Mark Neller, Associate Director - Programme & Project Management, Arup

Q&A

Closing remarks
​Jenny Hogan, Deputy Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables

16:15 Event Close

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