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5th Annual Scottish Highland Renewable Energy Conference set for April

Harper Macleod's 5th Annual Scottish Highland Renewable Energy Conference (SHREC) will be held in Inverness on 24th April, with the potential impact of the independence referendum set to be one of the main topics of debate.

Around 200 delegates from across the renewables sector are expected to attend the event at the Kingsmills Hotel, the keynote address at which will be delivered by Fergus Ewing, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism.

Attendees will include figures from major renewables firms and organisations as well as those involved in community based projects, such as farmers, crofters and estates. Areas of discussion will include the potential impact of a Yes or No vote, funding, planning and grid connections.

Harper Macleod’s head of Energy & Natural Resources David Bone, who will give the conference his views on what we’re likely to see in the marketplace in 2014, said: “Whatever the result of referendum, events such as SHREC are the perfect opportunity for those involved in renewables to reinforce why a strong industry means a stronger Scotland – more jobs, more investment, more community benefit, more construction work, more opportunities for the supply-chain, more use of our ports and harbours and less requirement to import our energy supplies.” 

As well as Mr Ewing, main speakers include: Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables; Jeremy Sainsbury OBE, Director at Natural Power; Jonathan Henson, Head of Rural at Savills, and political consultant Grant Thoms.