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Conference Programme

Time Details
08:30 - 09:00 Registration
09:00 - 10:15

Plenary 1

The next phase of onshore wind

It is clear that onshore wind can and should play a fundamental role in generating the low-cost, low-carbon power needed to meet government targets and climate obligations. At a time of changing policy frameworks, we open this conference by addressing our priorities for the years ahead. What is onshore wind’s role in the future energy system? How do we accelerate cost reduction? And how do we best make the case to government that onshore wind is delivering and here to stay?

Chair and Welcome
Niall Stuart, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables

Keynote Address
Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy

Rhian Kelly, Director, Business Environment, CBI 
Hugh McNeal, Chief Executive, RenewableUK

10:15 - 11:00 Networking Break & Exhibition
11:00 - 12:15

Plenary 2

The new financial landscape

As the sector seeks to compete on cost with alternatives, this session considers what framework is needed to level the playing field. We will hear detail on the new market landscape for wind development, debate where further cost reductions can come from, and discuss novel opportunities for further development. 

Rhian Kelly, Director, Business Environment, CBI 

Joe Phillips, Partner, Everoze 
Lars Weber, Sales Manager Renewables, NEAS Energy Ltd
Clare Lacey, Partner, QMPF LLP

12:15 - 13:30 Networking Lunch & Exhibition
13:30 – 14:45

Plenary 3

Networks: costs, queues and co-location

Securing timely and affordable access to the electricity network  remains a central priority for all involved in the renewable electricity sector. In this session we examine recent developments across charging frameworks,  flexibility and connection management and consider the risks and opportunities that this presents for the onshore wind industry. 

Dr Anna Ferguson, Head of Power Networks, Atkins

Paul Wakeley, Electricity Charging Development Manager, National Grid
Paul McGimpsey, Scottish Power Energy Networks 
Dan Wills, Project Manager, Vattenfall 

Graham Pannell, RES  

14:45 – 15:25 Networking Break & Exhibition
15:25 – 16:45

Plenary 4

Communities and planning

How could planning policy shape the future development of the sector, and what should our aspirations be for community participation?

In this session we consider what role onshore wind is expected to play in the next National Planning Framework, the potential for taking a more strategic approach to planning in Scotland, and new thinking in how best to engage communities in projects.

Lindsay Roberts, Senior Policy Manager, Scottish Renewables

Frances Pacitti, Head of Energy Consents, Scottish Government
Brendan Turvey, Policy and Advice Manager – Renewables, SNH
George Baxter, Head of Development Strategy, SSE 

16:45 - 17:45

Drinks Reception
Kindly sponsored by Aggreko

All conference delegates are invited to attend this reception which offers a great opportunity to engage directly with Scottish Renewables members and senior executives working in the renewable energy industry in the UK.

Alf Scambler, Renewables Sector Manager - Northern Europe, Aggreko

09:30 - 16:30 The Scottish Renewables Storage & Systems Conference will take place the following day (Thursday 30 June) also in the Technology & Innovation Centre. If you would like to attend both conferences, a limited number of discounted passes are available. Click here to find out more about the Storage & Systems Conference.

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