Tuesday and Wednesday and we were back up in Scotland. This time it was for the British Hydro Association annual conference. First thing on Tuesday morning and in Glasgow I was on BBC Radio Cymru current affairs discussing the latest National Grid Winter Outlook 2014/15 (we are ok…ish)
The nervous bit of the day was my presentation. I was focusing on how we are learning from our past but planning for the future. I was a like a pig in…clover for the next two days. Hydro business rates, EIS investment vehicles, noise attenuation in discharge pipes. I do realise that this sounds a bit… To quote my daughters ‘sad’. The presentations which really showed me the future of renewables and what we could do was the opening address by the MSP Fergus Ewing who had the economic and energy portfolio. The clarity and focus of the Scottish Government gives you confidence. He also recognised that “Hydro’s sustain rural communities” You knew he got it. Now that would have been nice but then James Buchanan of Local Energy Scotland followed with a presentation after Furgus has set the ‘what’ to James then showing ‘how’ this is being achieved. the CARES (Community and Renewable Energy Scheme) system in Scotland knits together many of the renewable energy initiatives we have in England and Wales but into a much more significant tool. legal, financial, statutory, business and the list went on. On the second day Simon Puttullo and Ian Jardine of SEPA and SNH the consenting bodies presented their role (both enabling and also protecting) in delivering the Scottish Government vision for renewables. Impressive. Wish we could cut and paste! It’s not all milk and honey but having the clarity certainly helps everyone in the boat row in the same direction.