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 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, particularly following the Capacity Market (CM).

Delegates will also discuss the future of the CM - in light of the Court of Justice of the European Union ruling suspending the CM and the expected publication of the wider review into the CM - and will look at what more is needed from policy to support cost-effective energy security in Scotland.

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 how the offshore and marine sector will fit within the wider renewables policy framework in the future, as well as looking at national and regional strategies for increasing offshore development, addressing environmental and community concerns, and looking to diversify renewable generation in Scotland.

The seminar will also discuss the next steps for community-orientated energy generation, and will look at lessons which can be learnt from examples of good practice within localised projects, and how development can be supported in light of the development of major onshore and offshore wind projects, including through initiatives such as the Saltire Fund.

Delegates will 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.

Attendees will also discuss the 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.

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


Colin Beattie MSP

Member, Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee, Scottish Parliment

Liam McArthur MSP

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


Lindsay McQuade

Chief Executive, ScottishPower Renewables

Neil Kermode

Managing Director, European Marine Energy Centre

Nicholas Gubbins

Chief Executive, Community Energy Scotland

Sian Wilson

Senior Development Manager, Crown Estate Scotland

Eric Leavy

Head of Transmission Network, SP Energy Networks

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