Local Energy Scotland at All-Energy


You can download all the 2015 community energy seminar theatre presentations at the link above. Our thanks go to All-Energy and Highlands and Islands Enterprise for their support to deliver an excellent programme of speakers.


It's that time of year again! We hope you will be joining us at All-Energy in Glasgow on the 6th and 7th of May, for the UK's largest renewable energy conference and exhibtion!

For the duration of Wednesday 6th, a community energy seminar theatre will be focusing on the community energy movement - the issues, the benefits, and the successes.

On Thursday 7th, we will be chairing a Community Energy conference session in Conference Room 3, 10:30-12:15.

Wednesday 6th - seminar theatre

Thursday 7th - conference session


Community Energy Seminar Theatre - Wednesday 6 May, Showfloor

Local Energy Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise are pleased to be supporting the Community Energy Seminar Theatre in collaboration with All-Energy. The Community Energy Seminar Theatre is a high-energy full day programme giving taster sessions of all topics related to community and local energy.

Please see the programme below, and drop in for a talk if you can. Remember you can always tweet us @localenergysco if you would like more information! 

(p.s. you can pop in and out of the seminar theatre)


Community Energy Basics

10:30 Introduction & Welcome – Local Energy Scotland and HIE - Calum Davidson, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

10:40 Local Energy Scotland CARES Support - Chris Morris, Local Energy Scotland

10:50 Community Energy - Getting Started in Your Community - Jackie McQueen, Development Officer, Development Trusts Association Scotland

Learning from Success

11:00  A large scale community wind project - Calum McDonald, Point & Sandwick Community Power, Western Isles

11.10 Community Renewables, project management & gardening! - Susan Clark, Director & Project Manager, Great Glen Consulting

11.20 The impact of a community renewable energy project  - Garth Entwistle, Udny Community Trust and Gilmorton Rural Development

11:30 Barra & Vatersay Community Wind Project: Harnessing a rural resource - Video case study - Triodos 

11:40 Learning from Community Share Offers: Top Tips for Success - Jackie McQueen, Community Shares Scotland

Local Energy Challenge Fund

11:50 The Local Energy Challenge Fund - Laura Campbell, Local Energy Scotland

12:00 Local Energy Challenge Fund project update - Iain Todd, Levenmouth Community Energy Project

12:10 Local Energy Challenge Fund project update - Andrew Bissell, Reducing Fuel Poverty: Heat storage innovation

Community Energy Research

12.20 Are community renewables projects more expensive than commercial ones? - Jelte Harnmeijer, Scene Consulting Ltd/James Hutton Institute

12.30 Architectures for Community Energy Schemes: understanding the technical and commercial challenges of linking local demand and generation 
Milana Plecas, University of Strathclyde

12.40 Harnessing Community Energies – ORIGIN - Andrew Peacock, Heriot Watt

12.50 Local energy and demand reduction - Katy Roelich, University of Leeds

13.00 Perth & Kinross Green Technology Business Accelerator - Dr Robert Boyd, Subject Leader: Science & Environment, Perth College UHI

Legal advice session

13.10 Top tips for community energy schemes - Ian Mitchell, Associate, Shepherd and Wedderburn

13.20 Stronger Together - developer/community joint venture models - Stephen Phillips, Burness Paull LLP

13.30 Legal Structures of ROC and FIT Community Wind Farms - Iwan Walters, Partner, Eversheds LLP

Shared Ownership

13.40 Good practice consultation - Jennifer Ramsay, Local Energy Scotland

13.50 Structuring community investment in commercial energy developments - Paul Minto, Partner, HBJ Gateley

14.00 Update on FCS Renewables programme - Malcolm Crosby, Forestry Commission

14.10 Shared ownership in practice – a case study - Andrew Stewart, Marshill Farm

14.20 Scottish Government Local Energy Investment Fund Andrew Smith, Head of the Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF), Scottish Investment Bank, Scottish Enterprise

Community Energy Innovation, Policy and Partnerships

14.30 Community Power - for people’s ownership of renewable energy? - Anne Schiffer, Energy Campaigner (Community Power), Friends of the Earth

14.40 The Low Carbon Infrastructure (transition) Programme - Mel MacRae, HIE

14.50 Smart Accelerator – smart communities - Jackie Smith, ECCI

15:00 Innovation - Nigel Scott, Xero Energy

15.10 Connecting  community energy projects to European funding opportunities - Jamie Robinson, The Scottish European Green Energy Centre, Scottish Enterprise

15.20 WISE Power Europe: Social engagement and acceptance of onshore wind - Jennifer Ramsay, Local Energy Scotland

Financing Community Energy – Top Tips

15.30 Financial Advisor - Top Tips - James Fennessey, Scott Moncrieff

15.40 Getting Investment Ready – Top Tips - Simon Morris, Ricardo AEA

15.50 Senior Lender – Top Tips - Norrie Cruikshank, Triodos

16.00 REIF - Top Tips - Michelle Howell, REIF Senior Manager, Scottish Investment Bank

16.10 Green Investment Bank – Top Tips - Richard Braakenburg, Director, Green Investment Bank

16:20  Summing up and end 

HIE Networking and drinks reception at the HIE Pavilion



Conference session

In association with Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Chair: Chris Morris, Programme Manager, Local Energy Scotland

Why community energy?
• Introduction - Chris Morris, Programme Manager, Local Energy Scotland 
• Lessons learnt from the UK’s largest community energy project - Calum Macdonald, Point & Sandwick Community Power 
• Community Energy Context – Chris Stark, Scottish Government

Scottish support – CARES, REIF, LEIF, LCITP
• Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) support - Jennifer Ramsay, Assistant Programme Manager, Local Energy Scotland
• Renewable Energy Investment Fund and Local Energy Investment Fund - Andrew Smith, Head of the Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF), Scottish Investment Bank, Scottish Enterprise 
• Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme - Melanie MacRae, Senior Development Manager, Community Energy, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Supporting the community energy movement 
• Prospects for community energy -  Steven Watson, Communications Manager, Community Energy Scotland
• Industry perspective on community energy - Nick Green, Director - Energy and Rural, Savills

Case study
• Lessons learnt from community energy project – Calum MacDonald, Point & Sandwick Community Power, Western Isles

Q&A and discussion

For the duration of Wednesday 6th, a community energy seminar theatre will be focusing on the community energy movement