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Archive for August, 2012

First impressions from HIE’s new energy recruit

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

I have just joined the Energy and Low Carbon team as Energy Co-ordinator at Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) on a one year graduate placement as part of HIE’s graduate training programme. This is a new position which has been created within the Energy and Low Carbon team based in Cowan House in Inverness, and is being sponsored both by The Crown Estate and HIE. (more…)

Successful launch of Scotland’s 1st Marine Energy Park

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Having just returned from a busy two day trip to Caithness and Orkney, to support  the launch of Scotland’s first Marine Energy Park and join the UK Marine Energy Programme Board, I have yet again been reminded of how privileged I am to be involved in the development of the marine energy industry. 

Yes, a huge amount of work goes in to the planning and execution of such events, as my colleague Norma Hogan (Senior Development Manager: Wave and Tidal Energy), along with friends and colleagues in Orkney, Caithness, Glasgow and London know only too well, but this effort is worth its weight in gold – not least in terms of the additional media coverage our region and the industry secured;  the very public affirmation of both the Scottish and UK Energy Ministers’ support for the industry; and (we hope)  further building of confidence among local businesses of the opportunities this new industry will bring, but the Marine Energy Park launch and the UK Marine Energy Programme Board also provided the opportunity for us to spend quality time with some of the nation’s leading innovators in marine energy.  You can’t help but be energised by their enthusiasm, commitment and belief in the future of this industry, and excited by their commitment to the far north of Scotland.

This may be Gold Wednesday for Team GB but we are now in a strong position to build on our current, undisputed world leading position on marine energy, and work together to ensure that the building blocks are firmly in place to win the substantial prizes from marine energy over the next decade and beyond.