The Energy Now Expo is set to return on 8 – 9 February 2017, at Telford International Centre. The Expo showcases the renewable energy opportunities available to the agricultural and rural communities of the UK.
The event will be supported again by BHA and consist of a large exhibition, an advice clinic, a new product development zone, an education zone and a multi-streamed conference. The main theme of the 2017 conference will be “renewables in a post-subsidy world”, showcasing the benefits a well-chosen renewable energy scheme offers, with or without subsidy support.
Also returning to the 2017 event will be the Energy Now awards – recognising and celebrating the achievement of UK farmers and landowners within the renewable energy and low-carbon sectors. There will be 7 categories - best hydro, AD & biogas, biomass, heat pump, solar and wind schemes, plus the most carbon neutral farm award. Winners receive £500 prize! Nominate your customers today!
To register for your tickets or enter a customer in the awards, visit www.energynowexpo.co.uk. If you are interested in exhibiting call 01905 616665 or email email@example.com.
Late January – early February – BHA and Welsh Government Hydro networking event
This innovate hydropower networking event will be held in Builth Wells and BHA members will be notified of the details once they are finalised. It will provide those involved in the hydropower sector with the opportunity to hear from and network with Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales staff during the course of the morning.
8th and 9th of February - Energy Storage: Connected Systems - Kensington Olympia, London
This event is set to establish the role of Energy Storage in UK plc and the key role energy storage can play in upgrading our industrial strategy. The BHA will be facilitating speakers and chairing a session on utility scale storage.
10th and 11th of May - All Energy, Glasgow
INVITATION TO WPD’S ANNUAL STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP, WITH LUNCH: JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2017
TO DISCUSS WPD’S BUSINESS PLAN DELIVERY, ONGOING PRIORITIES AND ACTIONS
I am writing to invite you to one of WPD’s Annual Stakeholder Workshops. The purpose of the workshops is to get your feedback on how we are currently performing as part of our 2015-2023 Business Plan and to provide you with an opportunity to shape our thinking on a number of long-term, strategic challenges facing electricity networks.
WPD’s Business Plan was fast-tracked by Ofgem following a significant level of engagement with stakeholders. We have recently reported back on our year one performance for 2015/16 and the results are great news for consumers. A copy of our summary report can be downloaded here.
It remains vital to us that we gain feedback from our stakeholders so that we can review and refine its delivery on an ongoing basis. At the same time as delivering our current business plan, there are significant challenges facing electricity networks in the longer-term. In the last two years stakeholders helped us to identify key, long-term priorities. As well as sense-checking that these remain the correct focus areas, this year we are seeking your feedback on our plans to address: ‘Future Networks’ and ‘Environmental Sustainability’.
There will also be an opportunity to shape our actions plans with regards to other key business areas including ‘Vulnerable Customers’, ‘Connections’ and ‘Emergency Resilience’
We are holding our Annual Stakeholder Workshops at the following locations:
Plymouth (St Mellion International Resort), 24th January 2017
Newport (Celtic Manor), 25th January 2017
Bristol (Bristol Pavilion - formerly Gloucestershire Cricket Ground), 26th January 2017
Cheltenham (Cheltenham Race Course), 31st January 2017
Birmingham (Aston Villa Football Club), 1st February 2017
Derby (Marriot Breadsall Priory), 2nd February 2017
Registration from 9.30am
Workshops from 10am – 1pm
Lunch served from 1pm – 2pm
Optional “surgeries” from 2pm – 3pm
The Stakeholder Workshops will include short presentations from senior managers at WPD, followed by round table discussions to allow you to critically evaluate and shape our plans. Distribution Managers responsible for the local electricity network will also be on hand for discussions.
In the afternoon, attendees can participate in more detailed “surgeries” on the topics of:
Ø Connections and distributed generation
Ø Social obligations (including vulnerability and fuel poverty)
Ø Emergency resilience
Attendees will include representatives of parish and local councils; energy suppliers and major users; vulnerable customer representatives; chambers of commerce and business groups; developers; environmental representatives and conservation groups.
Please can you confirm your attendance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, clearly stating in the subject heading which event you would like to attend as well as whether you have any specific dietary requirements. Alternatively, please call Annabelle Loveday on 020 3397 2414.
Information on the events will also be included on Twitter - you can follow us @wpduk. We will also be inviting stakeholders to tweet their thoughts during the events using the hashtag #wpdstakeholder.
As an important stakeholder, I do hope I get the opportunity to meet you at one of our workshops in the New Year.
8th Marine Energy Wales Annual Industry Seminar will be held at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea on Thursday, 30th March, 2017
The 8th Marine Energy Wales Annual Industry Seminar will be held at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea on Thursday, 30th March, 2017. We are delighted to confirm that the keynote address will be provided by Ken Skates, AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure.
The event provides industry, Government, statutory advisers and academia with greater clarity on the current status and future plans for marine renewables in Wales. It also provides unique business networking opportunities for the sector, encourages collaboration and provides a forum to discuss key challenges and opportunities.
Since 2010, the Seminar has been fully booked (formerly under the banner of Marine Energy Pembrokeshire) with targeted candidates attending from around the world. The number of supply chain companies, supporting organisations and technology developers has increased year on year, demonstrating the advancement of the sector and a growing interest in Wales.
The 7th Annual Marine Energy Pembrokeshire Industry Seminar was held in Milford Haven in March 2016. You can watch this short video here which captures the positivity of last year’s event.
With €100.4 million of EU structural funding prioritised for marine energy in Wales, two array scale Demonstration Zones (the Morlais led Anglesey Tidal Demonstration Zone and the Pembrokeshire Wave Demonstration Zone), seabed agreements in place for three separate tidal stream projects and a number of proposals for significant tidal range projects, including the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, Wales is well positioned to play a global leading role in marine energy.
Further information about how to book along with Early Bird discounts will be broadcast in the New Year.
Until then, we wish you all a Happy Christmas.