We work with our members Events for members →→Participation in regular policy seminars/debates and discussion groups →→Invitations to quarterly SR member networking events
EVENTS CALENDAR 2013 January
Offshore Wind Conference
→→Opportunity to host one of our SR:AM business breakfasts or SR:PM
business dinners for a more focused discussion group →→Discounted member rates for SR conferences, exhibitions and dinners →→Opportunity to present at our exhibition showcases
Profile for members
May Hydro Conference
June Bioenergy Conference
→→Priority consideration for speaking opportunities in our conference programmes
Onshore Wind Conference
→→Listings and adverts in the new Scottish Renewable Energy Directory and
online searchable resource (www.scottishrenewables.com/directory) →→Discounted rates and packages for members looking to increase profile through sponsorship at major events →→Industry Updates for members →→Our daily briefing with comprehensive updates on industry news every morning →→Fortnightly events newsletter detailing conferences, member events and networking opportunities →→Monthly Policy Updates detailing important news and information relevant to each renewables sector and to communicate how members can help shape these areas →→Access to our member-only web area to view workgroup minutes
Summer Drinks Reception
October On-site Renewables Conference
GEA Nominate Night Reception
Scottish Green Energy Awards
Details on all of our events are available online, in our exclusive members website area and in our monthly events newsletter. www.scottishrenewables.com
Scottish Renewables is a member organisation dedicated to strengthening business relationships and committed to securing the best possible environment for renewable energy in Scotland.
We work hard to help secure a future that will deliver on jobs, investment, energy security and climate change. We are focused working closely with members
from each sector to ensure that our work is driven by member priorities.
We work with our members presenting a clear
and united voice to decision makers, government and media.
We welcome you to join our business community in realising our shared ambition and to
maximise Scotland’s potential for a brighter future.
WORKING TOGETHER FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE
We work hard
We are focused
The communications team is responsible for ensuring that we put over our messages to government, parliament and the public, through direct contact and also through media coverage of our policy positions and publications.
We are dedicated to working closely with members from each sector to ensure that our work is driven by member priorities.
Our focus areas are built to respond to our membership:
Bioenergy, Community engagement, Economics & markets, Grid, Heat, Hydro, Marine, Micro, Offshore wind, Onshore wind, Planning, Skills, Supply Cain, Transport
Notable activity in 2011-2012 →→Improved proactive media output by highlighting positive impact renewables is having on our environment and economy →→Publicised the first comprehensive study of the number of people working in renewables, which showed that 11,000 people were employed in the Scottish renewables industry in 2012 →→Achieved significant press coverage on investment figures produced by the policy team, including our regular updates on investment →→Created public and political interest in transmission charges on the islands through significant media coverage of the Swimming Against the Tide paper →→Provided comprehensive and compelling oral, written and supplementary evidence to the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee inquiry into renewable energy targets and promoted the enquiry’s positive conclusions which recognised the industry’s achievements and its likelihood of meeting 2020 targets
→→Successfully neutralised attacks on the industry by raising a complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority against an anti-renewables advertising campaign →→Commissioned YouGov to poll on public attitudes to renewable energy in Scotland and published results which suggested a majority of Scots continue to be favourable towards renewables →→Continued to facilitate engagement between MSPs, industry and members of the public through support of the cross-party group, SPREEE and introduction of an annual parliamentary reception →→Organised roundtable discussions with key decision makers including Rt Hon Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism.
Outcomes in 2011-12 influenced by Scottish Renewables include: Economics, markets and finance →→Scottish Government retains ROC bands for hydro at 1ROC, supports industry call to reduce onshore wind to 0.9ROC, proposes innovative offshore wind band →→£103m Renewable Energy Investment Fund, from the fossil fuel levy, released from Treasury. Remainder to help fund Green Investment Bank →→Green Investment Bank launched with HQ established in Edinburgh →→Draft Energy Bill supportive of renewables and echoes many of the key asks highlighted by SR →→Implementation of the Renewable Heat Incentive →→Implementation of the Feed-in Tariff for smallscale renewables →→Scottish Government launches £18m fund for marine renewables →→Removal of 200kW limit for on-site anaerobic digestion in Renewable Heat Incentive
Grid and infrastructure →→Positive progress in Ofgem’s review of transmission charging, Project TransmiT, for renewables on the Scottish mainland →→Ofgem commitment to reductions in up-front grid liabilities Planning, Consents and Licensing →→Scottish Government providing extra £300k funding to local authorities to speed up determination of onshore wind planning backlog →→Scottish Government instructed councils to create Spatial Frameworks for onshore wind as part of Development Plans →→Scottish Government established short-life Onshore Consents Group led by Energy Minister to tackle difficulties with the planning system →→Positive progress on development of Marine Scotland’s marine planning policy and guidance, including sectoral plans, licensing manual, regional locational guidance, etc. →→Worked with Scottish Government and agencies in production of Carbon Calculator tool for onshore wind farms to ensure it is fair, accurate and as simple as possible