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Conference Programme

Time Details
09:00 Registration, Networking & Exhibition
09:30
Plenary One
More Than Just Power From the Glens 
 
This session explores the benefits delivered by the hydro sector that go beyond clean energy. We consider the role the technology plays in fostering inclusive growth, developing communities and in contributing to industrial strategy.  

Chair & Welcome
Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables
 
Panellists
Uzma Khan, Deputy Director, Economic Strategy, Scottish Government
Gordon Watson, Chief Executive, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
James Greenhalgh, Electricity Customer Connections Manager, Network Capability Electricity, National Grid
 
Q&A
10:45 Networking Break & Exhibition 
11:30
Plenary Two
Income and Expenditure: Navigating Project Costs and Assessing Revenue Opportunities
 
This session will consider project revenue, from the Feed-in Tariff and ancillary services to community schemes and novel financing. Where do the most pertinent risks and opportunities lie for the sector?

Chair
Kirsty Nurse, Senior Associate, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP

Speakers
Rob Luke, Head of Renewable Origination, SmartestEnergy 
Jill Cox, Sales Operations Manager, Flexitricity
James Buchan, Energy Systems Specialist, Local Energy Scotland
Andrew Smith, Managing Director, Deja Blue Consulting
 
Q&A
12:45 Networking Lunch & Exhibition
13:45
Plenary Three
Fair and Square: Creating a Level Playing Field
 
With competition in the energy market fiercer than ever, it’s crucial that the sector competes on a level playing field. This session considers a range of issues and asks how can we make sure that hydro is treated fairly?

Chair
Jenny Hogan, Deputy Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables  
 
Speakers 
Alex Reading, Development Director, Green Highland Renewables
Catherine Falconer, Commercial Manager, Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks
Sean Kelly, Project Manager – Generation Development, SSE
 
Q&A
14:45 Networking Break & Exhibition
15:30

Plenary Four
Future-Proofing the Sector

From Brexit to smart systems, this session considers how the industry can deliver against an ever-changing set of challenges.

Chair
Hannah Smith, Senior Policy Manager, Scottish Renewables 

Speaker
Kirsty Macpherson, Partner,  Brodies LLP

Panellists
Tom Pendrey, Project Manager, Buccleuch
Ian Kinnaird, Head of Hydro Generation, ScottishPower 
Paul O’Brien, Energy Specialist, Scottish Development International 
James Beal, Energy Specialist, Department for International Trade, HM Government

Q&A

16:30 Event close

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