Scotland Policy Conferences

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

Morning, Wednesday, 22nd November 2017

Central Edinburgh


It takes place in the context of the upcoming allocation of Contract for Difference funding, due to be announced in Autumn 2017, 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, this seminar will provide a timely opportunity for policymakers and key stakeholders to discuss key issues for the renewable energy sector.

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.

Guest of Honour

Senior speaker confirmed from The Scottish Government

Guest of Honour

Senior speaker confirmed from The Scottish Government

Keynote Speakers

Dr Stephen Wyatt

Research and Disruptive Innovation Director, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

Scott Mathieson

Network Planning and Regulation Director, SP Energy Networks

Bill Ireland

Chief Executive Officer, Logan Energy

George Baxter

Head of Strategic Relations, SSE Renewables


Kate Forbes MSP

Member, Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Claudia Beamish MSP

Deputy Convenor, Cross-Party Group on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency


Ian Booth

Chief Executive Officer, Aberdeen Heat and Power

Ross Fairley

Partner and Head of Renewables, Burges Salmon

Senior speaker confirmed from Zero Waste Scotland

Matthew Black

Senior Energy Advisor, Fintry Development Trust