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Ricardo Energy & Environment knowledge leader to chair opening session of IPA’s flagship Power Scotland conference

Ricardo Energy & Environment’s renewable energy knowledge leader Colin McNaught will chair the opening session of the Industrial and Power Association’s (IPA) flagship annual conference taking place in East Kilbride tomorrow (March 12, 2013).

The IPA’s sixth ‘Power Scotland’ conference will review the energy bill, electricity market reform, gas strategy and the impacts of these initiatives on future investment and employment in the electricity sector.  The event, entitled ‘The New Power Market’, will feature views and discussion from leading experts across the whole energy market.

This year’s conference will be opened by Tom Greatrex MP, Shadow Minister of Energy and features an address from David Wilson, Director of Energy and Climate Change in the Scottish Government.  Other speakers include industry leaders from the Green Investment Bank, RBS, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Power, National Grid, DECC and the Committee on Climate Change.

The first conference session chaired by Colin McNaught will focus on the future energy mix.  Colin, who is also currently chairman of the IPA, said:  “With a changing energy landscape that includes plans for greater use of gas, as well as investment in offshore renewables, the power sector is increasingly diverse and complex.  This conference will provide an opportunity to hear the insights of a range of high level speakers on this important industry.”

Click here to find out more about the conference. 

Notes to editors:

IPA is the Scottish-based group that supports industry to establish and maintain a secure and sustainable position in providing technology, equipment and services to the power industry in the UK and the world market. Membership includes generation and network owners and operators, international manufacturing groups, mechanical, electrical and civil consultancies, construction companies, energy specialists, academia and legal advisors.

 

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Leading environmental consultancy Ricardo Energy & Environment has grown by around 20 percent in Scotland over the past year.
Ricardo Energy & Environment is currently working on a number of projects in Scotland across resource efficiency, carbon management, renewables and air quality. A major area of focus at present is supporting the Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland in moving Scotland towards a zero waste economy and in particular providing support to SMEs to realise the substantial economic benefits available through resource efficiency.
Leadership by the Scottish government in important policy areas such as resource efficiency and the development of the Low Carbon Economic Strategy intends to increase the value of the low carbon goods and services sector to more than 10 percent of the Scottish economy by 2015, creating 60,000 green jobs. The Low Carbon Economic Strategy also aims to encourage Scottish companies to exploit commercial opportunities.
Jamie Pitcairn, director of Ricardo Energy & Environment in Scotland said: “The growth of Ricardo Energy & Environment in Scotland is a direct result of the country’s ambitious targets, supported by the policies and practical leadership of the Scottish government. We look forward to supporting both government agencies and the private sector in realizing the potential for a low carbon Scot