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Offshore Wind and Supply Chain Conference 2013

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

I was given a great opportunity at the end of January to attend Scottish Renewables’ Offshore Wind and Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition, which was held in Aberdeen on January 29th and 30th.  This was an exciting and interesting event where I had the chance to attend a number of the conference sessions and meet many of the key people involved in the industry.  This year’s conference marked the fifth year that the conference has been held and proved to be the biggest yet, with attendance numbers totalling between 800 and 900 people. 

One of the key outcomes of the conference, in my opinion, was the announcement by First Minister Alex Salmond in his keynote speech on the Tuesday morning, that HIE has signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with four of the Highlands leading ports to support the development of the offshore renewables sector.  MoUs have been agreed with Global Energy Nigg, Port of Ardersier Ltd, Kishorn Port Ltd and Cromarty Firth Port Authority, all of which have a long history in servicing the oil and gas sector.  Many of the skills and expertise these companies use in the oil and gas sector can be adapted and transferred to the offshore renewables sector.


Introducing HIE’s New Offshore Renewables Graduate

Friday, February 8th, 2013

I recently joined Highlands & Islands Enterprise, where I have been warmly welcomed into the Energy & Low Carbon Team here in Cowan House, Inverness.  I am here on a one-year graduate placement working as Supply Chain Co-ordinator for the Offshore Renewables sector and I am delighted to have secured this position.

In my role I will be actively working with other members of my team on matters related to the offshore renewables supply chain – offshore wind and marine energy.  I will be responsible for helping companies to diversify and expand, as well as engaging with the thriving offshore renewables sector.

I have always had a strong interest in renewable energy and the environment, and issues related to energy efficiency, sustainability, climate change and global warming.  I also have an interest in planning and building design and layout.  I wish to be involved in increasing the share of renewable energy systems and to aid in the movement towards a sustainable energy future.


Project TransmiT – CMP213 Working Group

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

HIE and Scottish Renewables have pooled resources to support the cost of a technical expert on the Project TransmiT (CMP213) Working Group responsible for developing transmission charging options. History has shown that interests in different parts of the UK have quite different agendas, and presenting a co-ordinated message is critical. With that in mind, a Team Scotland approach is being pursued. With cost reflectivity being of paramount importance to the Regulator, real solutions are being identified to offer potential for meaningful reductions in charges. The representative produces regular blogs which will be reproduced here:

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Meetings 19 and 20, 17 and 18 January 2013