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Conference Programme

Time Details
09:00 Registration, Networking & Exhibition

Plenary 1

The future of hydropower: matching policy ambition to development realities 
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is clear that we must limit global temperature rises to 1.5C to prevent the worst effects of climate change. Government policies at both Scottish and UK level reflect this priority, with a clear direction of travel towards a smart, flexible and decarbonised energy system.

This ambition has been coupled, however, with challenging policy and regulatory change for the sector. This session brings together key players to discuss how to ensure the strengths of hydropower can be harnessed to meet our future ambitions.

10:45 Networking, Exhibition & Refreshments

Plenary 2

Beyond the Feed-in Tariff: development challenges and opportunities in a new financial landscape
With the Feed-in Tariff’s closure now confirmed, this session considers challenges and opportunities for hydro in a new operational landscape. Will the Smart Export Guarantee deliver for hydro, or could DSO service markets provide revenue opportunities? Is there scope for innovation, or will changes to grid charging threaten development? Is the future for hydro here in Scotland or should we be looking at international development opportunities? This session will explore these questions and more.

12:45 Networking Lunch & Exhibition 

Plenary 3

Pumped hydro storage: developing pumped hydro to its full potential in Scotland
The past 12 months have been an exciting time for the pumped hydro storage sector, with high profile deals changing key players in the field. This session brings together the sector’s leading figures to discuss their vision for the future of pumped storage, and what’s required to fully capitalise on its benefits.

14:45 Networking, Exhibtion & Refreshments

Plenary 4

Planning for sustainable development
There’s much change afoot across our planning system, with reform underway via a Planning Bill and the revised, combined National Planning Framework and Scottish Planning Policy which will follow, as well as a review of good practice guidance on community benefit and shared ownership for onshore renewables.

This session brings together experts to consider what these changes could mean for both new and existing hydro developments, how we can work to ensure hydro schemes deliver environmentally, and how to ensure our community and locally-owned energy ambitions can be met through this period of change.

16:30 Event Close