Leading law firm Harper Macleod LLP has announced the keynote speaker at its third Scottish Highland Renewable Energy Conference (SHREC) will be Fergus Ewing, Minister for Energy, Enterprise & Tourism. Other presenters at the event, which takes place on 26th April 2012 in the Drumossie Hotel, Inverness, will be respected industry figures Martin Moran from the National Grid, Audrey MacIver of Highlands and Islands Enterprise and David Bone, Harper Macleod’s Head of Energy. The conference will be chaired by Jeremy Sainsbury of Natural Power Consultants who is also Chairman of industry body, Scottish Renewables Forum.
SHREC provides practical advice on how to maximise opportunities in the wind, hydro, biomass and energy efficiency sectors for landowners, developers, housebuilders, housing associations and community groups.
Harper Macleod’s Chairman, Professor Lorne Crerar, commented: “Our SHREC conference has become a key event in the energy industry calendar and we are delighted that Mr Ewing will provide the keynote address. We anticipate continuing the dialogue amongst conference delegates and key figures in the industry and we have arranged the format to cover topical subjects such as the Government’s new strategic targets, the likely grid updates, developments in community-owned renewable schemes and the opportunities for housing providers to utlilise renewable energy to deliver energy efficient housing. We’ll also cover tax efficiencies in renewables projects and types of contracts for supply chain opportunities. SHREC has proved itself in previous years as a vital platform of engagement for people and businesses involved in energy and renewables.”
Harper Macleod has one of the top Energy teams in the country having contributed over one gigawatt of built capacity to Scotland’s renewable energy targets. Its Head of Energy, David Bone, is legal advisor to the Scottish Renewables Forum and the group’s clients include Fred. Olsen, E.ON and SSE Renewables. The firm is also the current holder of the Scottish Legal Awards Energy Team of the Year title.