Scotland Policy Conferences

Policy priorities for renewables in Scotland: investment, planning, technology and developing offshore energy sources

Morning, Wednesday, 24th April 2019

Central Edinburgh


This timely seminar will bring together stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the priorities for renewables in Scotland.

Delegates will examine key enablers for the continued development of renewable energy - including investment and support, the planning regime, and the implementation of grid and storage technology. They will also look at localised energy projects and the development of offshore resources.

It takes place in the context of key governmental strategies, including the implementation of the Scottish Government’s energy strategy, as well as changes in UK Government energy policy and Brexit.

Delegates will consider the future for the offshore sector in Scotland - following the expected publication of the UK Government’s Offshore Sector Deal and the Scottish Government’s response to the National Marine Plan Review.

We expect discussion on national and regional strategies for increasing offshore development, addressing environmental and community concerns, and how the offshore and marine sector fits within the wider renewables policy framework.

Attendees will also discuss way forward in tackling the challenges to current funding and investment - particularly in best utilising the Energy Investment Fund for those with gaps in commercial funding, and for community and low-carbon projects - as well as the next steps in the Contracts for Difference auction due in May 2019, and supporting the less established renewable technologies.

The agenda also looks at how the changes to the planning system in Scotland through the Planning Bill will impact on renewable development - including the focus renewables are given through the planning system, the increased use of Local Development Plans to shape infrastructure development in each area and the impact on major and local developments, as well as the role of communities in future development.

The seminar will also discuss the next steps for a community orientated energy generation, and will look at lessons which can be learnt from examples of good practice within localised projects.

Further sessions will assess the next steps for enhancing grid capacity and developing storage solutions for renewable energy to support the flexibility of the system, and increased use of renewable sources of energy.

Guest of Honour

Paul Wheelhouse MSP

Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands

Guest of Honour

Paul Wheelhouse MSP

Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands


Neil Kermode

Managing Director, European Marine Energy Centre

Nicholas Gubbins

Chief Executive, Community Energy Scotland

Sian Wilson

Senior Development Manager, Crown Estate Scotland

Ross Fairley

Head of Renewable Energy, Burges Salmon

Andrew Macdonald

Senior Innovation Manager, ORE Catapult

Matthew Williams

Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Faraday Grid

Andy McDonald

Director of Energy and Low Carbon, Scottish Enterprise

Robin Presswood

Executive Director of City Development, Dundee City Council