Brexit will come under the conference spotlight at All-Energy 2017 – the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference. Being held in Glasgow at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC, formerly SECC) on 10 and 11 May, All-Energy has selected Brexit as the topic of the opening plenary conference session on the second action-packed day of the show.
Under the skilful chairmanship of Dr Nina Skorupska CBE FEI, Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association (REA) the hour-long session ‘The Effects of Brexit on the Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Sectors’ will start with a scene setting address ‘Brexit horizons for Scottish and UK energy policy: Taking back control?’ by Prof Karen Turner, Director of the Centre for Energy Policy, University of Strathclyde. Her co-authors are equally qualified academics - Prof Paul Cairney, University of Stirling; Prof Nicola McEwen, University of Edinburgh; Prof Aileen McHarg, University of Strathclyde; and David Wilson, University of Strathclyde.
Then follows a question and answer session involving both Prof Turner and Prof McEwen, who is Professor of Territorial Politics and Associate Director, ESRC Centre on Constitutional Change; Matthew Knight, Director of Energy Strategy and Government Affairs, Siemens; Clare Foster, Partner, Banking and Finance and Head of Clean Energy, Shepherd and Wedderburn; and Martin Wright, Managing Director, Aurora Ventures & Chairman, REA.
“Recently Nina Skorupska gave evidence to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee at the House of Commons, so in a way she is poacher turned gamekeeper, for she will be using some of the questions she was asked to quiz her panel,” explains All-Energy’s Conference Project Director, Judith Patten MBE. “In broad terms these will include:
· Brexit: given the implications of leaving the Internal Energy Market, what is ”likely” to be the long term ”structure” for UK energy systems?
· Impacts on the energy industry outside of direct energy policy
· How does the potential models for future relationships with the EU affect the UK energy industry
· Looking at ‘Transitional Arrangements’, what are the red lines that the Government should be seeking in relation to a ‘Transitional Arrangement’ that would support the energy industry?
“But of course she will also be looking to the audience to pose questions of their own.”
All conference sessions at All-Energy, and the co-located Smart Urban Mobility Solutions (SUMS 2017), are free to attend for all with relevant business/professional interests as are the major exhibition with some 400 exhibitors from 16 countries; the Giant Networking Evening and Civic Reception held courtesy of the Rt Hon The Lord Provost of Glasgow; and a calendar of associated events.
All-Energy is organised by Reed Exhibitions. Shepherd and Wedderburn is the Headline Sponsor, and the two-day event is held in association with the Renewable Energy Association (REA); Highlands and Islands Enterprise; Scottish Enterprise; Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) and host city Glasgow. The Society for Underwater Technology is the show’s learned society patron. A further 40 organisations including government departments, professional bodies and trade associations act as supporters of the two-day annual event.
Shepherd and Wedderburn is also sponsoring SUMS 2017 which is held with Transport Scotland, ITS United Kingdom, the Energy Saving Trust, Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce as its supporting organisations.