2014 British Hydro Association Conference. I’ve said it before and I will say it again “we have a lot to learn”

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There must be something wrong with the lens. It seems to add 2 stone on you? The British Hydro Association Annual Conference

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.

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2 Responses to 2014 British Hydro Association Conference. I’ve said it before and I will say it again “we have a lot to learn”

  1. patrickbegg says:

    Keith – how do we turn this into a proposition not just for Wales (kindred spirits with our Celtic brethren and needing only a nudge to ‘get’ this) but for England and most specifically the high Lakeland areas where the opportunities are hige but the political and legal infrastructure still lagging well behind? There must be something in the Scottich ‘recipe’ that we can adopt and amend?

    • Keith Jones says:

      Vision is set from the ‘top’. as Obama said when quoting Bob the builder. ‘yes we can!’ Unless we all agree its important, doable and clear then getting initiatives, strategies, policies, funding will be wasted. First show people what success looks like, give confidence, backing and support to then design the ‘how’. make sure the ‘what’ does not change mid stream because the ‘puppy gets a new ball’ Scotland have gone for it! question for you. who is ‘top’ and who is the gate keeper to this ‘top’?

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