Renewables in Scotland: funding, innovation and next steps for policy

Scotland Policy Conferences Keynote Seminar

Renewables in Scotland: funding, innovation and next steps for policy



Senior speaker confirmed from The Scottish Government



Ian Booth, Aberdeen Heat and Power; Ross Fairley, Burges Salmon; Scott Mathieson, SP Energy Networks and Dr Stephen Wyatt, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult


Chaired by:

Kate Forbes MSP, Member, Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee and Claudia Beamish MSP, Deputy Convener, Cross-Party Group on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency


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Morning, Wednesday, 22nd November 2017

Central Edinburgh


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I am writing to give you advance notice of the above seminar. Please note there is a charge for most delegates, although concessionary and complimentary places are available (subject to terms and conditions - see below).

This timely seminar will be an opportunity for policymakers and key stakeholders to discuss key issues for the renewable energy sector.

It takes place in the context of the upcoming allocation of Contract for Difference funding, due to be announced in Autumn 2017, the launch of the Capacity Market in 2018, and with the Scottish Government’s draft Energy Strategy setting a target of delivering half of Scotland’s heat, transport and electricity needs from renewable energy by 2030.

Delegates will discuss priorities for supporting innovation and commercialisation in the move towards a subsidy-free renewables market - assessing opportunities for attracting investment and reducing barriers faced by businesses seeking to develop large-scale renewable energy projects.

Sessions will also consider policy priorities for further support for Scotland’s energy network, including the rollout of energy storage and demand side response technologies, as well as the next steps for regulation of the grid and transmission networks.

Areas for discussion in the agenda include:

  • Renewable energy in Scotland - challenges and opportunities;
  • Contracts for Difference allocations and Capacity Market priorities;
  • Funding, commercialisation and moving towards a subsidy-free sector;
  • Developing a resilient and flexible electricity network - storage, demand-side response and regulation; and
  • Next steps for renewable energy policy in Scotland and implementing the Energy Strategy.


The draft agenda is copied below my signature, and a regularly updated version is available to download here. The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by Scotland Policy Conferences. Follow us @ScotlandPolicy for live updates.



We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar a keynote address from a senior speaker confirmed from The Scottish Government.

Further speakers include: Dr Stephen Wyatt, Research and Disruptive Innovation Director, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult; Ross Fairley, Partner and Head of Renewables, Burges Salmon; Ian Booth, Chief Executive Officer, Aberdeen Heat and Power and Scott Mathieson, Network Planning and Regulation Director, SP Energy Networks.

Kate Forbes MSP, Member, Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee and Claudia Beamish MSP, Deputy Convener, Cross-Party Group on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency are kindly chairing sessions at the seminar.

Additional senior participants are being approached, but if you or a colleague would like to be considered as a speaker at this seminar, please contact us at the event and session where you would like to speak and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. If you are offering to speak yourself please don’t fill in the booking form, as this will be taken as an order and you will be charged for a place subject to our T&Cs.



Scotland Policy Conferences seminars present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and are CPD certified (more details).Typically, attendees at our seminars are a senior and informed group numbering around 120, including Members of The Scottish Parliament and senior officials from The Scottish Government, regulators and other agencies, representatives from the renewable energy sector in Scotland, their suppliers and advisors; representatives from local government and interest groups; academics and commentators, together with reporters from the national and trade press based in Scotland and elsewhere.


Output and About Us

A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out around 12 working days after the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials in The Scottish Government; as well as Scottish Parliamentarians with a special interest in the subject. It will also be made available more widely. This document will include transcripts of all speeches and questions and answers sessions from the day, along with access to PowerPoint presentations, speakers’ biographies, an attendee list, an agenda, sponsor information, as well as any subsequent press coverage of the day and any articles or comment pieces submitted by delegates. It is made available subject to strict restrictions on public use, and is intended to provide timely information for interested parties who are unable to attend on the day.


All delegates will receive complimentary PDF copies and are invited to contribute to the content.


Scotland Policy Conferences is strictly impartial and cross-party, with no policy agenda of its own.


Booking arrangements


To book places, please use our online booking form.


Once submitted, this will be taken as a confirmed booking and will be subject to our terms and conditions below.


Please pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796. If advance credit card payment is not possible, please let me know and we may be able to make other arrangements.


Options and charges are as follows:

  • Places at Renewables in Scotland: funding, innovation and next steps for policy (including refreshments and PDF copy of the transcripts) are £210 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate places for small charities, unfunded individuals and those in similar circumstances are £80 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.


For those who cannot attend:

  • Copies of the briefing document, including full transcripts of all speeches and the questions and comments sessions and further articles from interested parties, will be available approximately 12 days after the event for £95 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.


If you find the charge for tickets a barrier to attending, please let me know and we will do our best to see you are not excluded (but do be advised that this applies to individuals, unfunded academics and students, people between jobs, representatives of small charities and the like, not businesses, individuals funded by an organisation, or larger charities/not-for-profit companies). Please note terms and conditions below (including cancellation charges).

I do hope that you will be able to join us for what promises to be a most useful morning, and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely 



Michael Ryan

Deputy Editor, Scotland Policy Conferences


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