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Conference Programme

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

Plenary 1

Scottish onshore wind: the prize and the puzzle
Scotland’s onshore wind sector has been a huge success story: cutting costs to become the cheapest form of new power generation, bringing millions of pounds into the Scottish economy and community benefit funds each year, while employing thousands of people across the country and enjoying high levels of public support. However despite the sizeable pipeline of projects, the political will to provide revenue stabilisation (for mainland wind) remains low at Westminster, while regulatory costs are on the rise, leaving industry to look towards taller turbines and other innovative means to deliver economically-viable projects.

This session explores how we secure a sustainable future for Scotland’s onshore industry and examines the opportunities and hurdles that lie ahead in realising that vision.

Welcome & Chair
Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables

Panellists
Jim Smith, Managing Director, SSE Renewables

Q & A

10:30 Networking, Exhibition & Refreshments
11:15

Plenary 2

Bills, bills, bills: can subsidy-free square with rising costs?
With the margins of onshore wind projects looking increasingly tight, the various reviews and reforms taking place on planning policy, grid regulation and revenue mechanisms could make or break the sector’s future. Every project, regardless of its business model, will be looking at its costs to make the numbers stack up. How can Scotland and the UK bring down the cost of energy for consumers through regulation while also delivering government ambitions on jobs and industrial benefit?

This session discusses the various reforms underway to planning and grid charging, and what they could mean for the industry. We’ll also take a look at the financing risks and opportunities in this next phase of development.

12:30 Networking Lunch & Exhibition
13:30

Plenary 3

Less is more: innovation and optimisation
Making projects fly isn’t just about cutting costs and risk and lowering the cost of capital. It’s also about making projects more productive and efficient, and finding new, innovative ways to capture revenues.

This session highlights some of the solutions being explored and put into practice to make sites work harder and smarter.

Speaker
Chris Smith, Head of Renewable Sales, SmartestEnergy 

Q & A

14:30 Networking, Exhibition & Refreshments
15:15

Plenary 4

Planning & consents: enabling the next generation
As the industry moves into a new phase of lower LCOE development through extensions, repowered sites and taller turbines, Scotland’s planning and consenting policies are coming into sharper focus for onshore wind.

This session explores the opportunities and risks facing the sector through the new Planning (Scotland) Bill, policy reviews in the shape of the merged National Planning Framework and Scottish Planning Policy, as well as EIA matters from landscape to socio-economic impacts, and from radar to peatlands. Is Scotland’s planning system fit for the next generation of onshore wind?

16:30 Event close

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