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Forecast At All Energy - Changeable Outlook For The Renewables Industry

Forecast At All Energy - Changeable Outlook For The Renewables Industry

As the polling stations took the political pulse of the country, the 15th annual All Energy conference closed its first visit to the SECC. Glasgow proved a worthy successor to Aberdeen with attendance 20% up providing a timely reminder to Westminster of the size, strength and enthusiasm for growth of the renewables industry.

Burness Paull offered a rolling roster of experts in the different disciplines involved in our renewables team, our stand proving to be an excellent networking forum for green-minded discussions, with plenty of coffee on offer to help the energy levels of our guests keep pace with the healthy buzz around the venue.

A varied series of conference and seminar strands included our Stephen Philips demonstrating his expertise in community renewables, and tackled key topics such as the potential for solar and battery storage to take some of the pressure off the grid at peak times in the future Scottish domestic market.

Speculation around the outcome of the General Election dominated many discussions, a red or blue parliament having diverse implications for the industry, driven in no small part by the Conservative pledge to withdraw onshore wind support.

Whether the development of the following days - the strong representation of the pro-renewables SNP in the House of Commons, the warm response of the industry to Amber Rudd's appointment as Energy and Climate Change Secretary and the stated ongoing Conservative commitment to tackling climate change - will be enough to maintain the direction of travel of the industry remains to be seen.

At a conference which, in recent editions, has endured extreme and contrasting Aberdonian weather year on year, a sector used to adapting to changing political conditions was again bracing itself for winds of change.

We remain confident of weathering any storms and achieving a bright outlook with our clients.

Chris Horsley
Senior Associate