Community and Local Energy Seminar Theatre

Community and Local Energy Seminar Theatre

10 May 2017, 10:30 - 16:30

Show Floor - East


Organised with Local Energy Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Local Energy Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise are pleased to be supporting the Community and Local Energy Seminar Theatre in collaboration with All-Energy. The Community Energy Seminar Theatre is a high-energy full day programme giving taster sessions of topics related to community and local energy.  With over 20 speakers across 4 themes, the day will involve a series of fifteen minute presentations from experts, academia and communities involved in renewable energy projects and local energy systems. Please feel free to drop in and out over the course of the day.  


10:30 | Local Energy Scotland CARES support
Chris Morris, Manager, Local Energy Scotland 

10:45 | HIE and local energy systems
Audrey MacIver, Head of Energy, Highlands and Islands Enterprise


11:00 | Smart Fintry - Community
Matthew Black, Community Project Manager, Fintry Development Trust

11.15 | Private wire grid systems
Dr Nigel Scott, Director, Xero Energy

11.30 | Introducing the Cornwall local energy market - Centrica’s smart grid vision
Matt Hastings, Programme Director, Local Energy Systems, Centrica, Distributed Energy and Power

11.45 | South Seeds: Small-scale energy retrofit in an urban residential community
Casey Dickson, Energy Officer and Lisa Peebles, Operation Officer, South Seeds

12.00 | Break


13:00 | Approaching zero – utilising biomass DH on the road to carbon neutrality
David Stutchfield, Sustainability Manager, University of St Andrews & Mike Cooke, Regional Director, Vital Energi

13.15 | Decarbonisation of district heating
Richard Long, Head of Business Development, Urban Energy, ENGIE

13.30 | Project funding through district heating loan fund
Ken Brady, Programme Manager District Heating, Energy Saving Trust

13.45 | Glenrothes District Heating Scheme
Barbara Whiting, Lead Officer - Renewables & Low Carbon, Fife Council


14:05 | Outer Hebrides hydrogen project
Jennifer Ramsay, Project Manager - Local Energy Challenge Fund, Local Energy Scotland 

14:15 | BIG HIT: Creating a green hydrogen energy system in the Orkney Islands
Dr Kris Hyde, Technology Manager, ITM Power

14.30 | Hydrogen region 2.0: A unique eco-system on hydrogen in Flanders and the Netherlands
Wouter van der Laak, Project Manager, WaterstofNet

14:45 | Break


15.00 | Shared ownership / partnerships
Laura Nicolson, Shared Ownership Manager, Local Energy Scotland

15.15 | Tax and VAT considerations for renewable energy projects
David Boyd, Partner, Scott-Moncrieff & Alan Glen, VAT Director, Scott-Moncrieff

15.30 | Towards a local energy economy – new legal models
Stephen Phillips, Partner, Burness Paull LLP

15.45 | Power to the people – is direct sale of electricity possible?
Colin McNaught, Managing Consultant, Ricardo Energy & Environment

16.00 | Selling your power to the highest bidder on the e-POWER auction
Stuart Stephens, Commercial Director, e-POWER

16.15 | Faster commercialisation of stranded renewable resources
Fraser Pritchard, Partner, Columbus Energy Partners


16:30 | Summing up and close
Jennifer Ramsay, Project Manager - Local Energy Challenge Fund, Local Energy Scotland

HIE Networking and drinks reception at the HIE Pavilion


Programme subject to change



  • Matthew Black


    Community Project Manager,

    Fintry Development Trust

    Matthew has a BSC HONS in Green Technology from Glasgow University. Matthew has worked with Fintry Development Trust for several years developing a...

  • David Boyd




    As a tax partner at Scott-Moncrieff, David specialises in advising on all aspects of taxation for both private entities and public sector bodies. He...

  • Ken Brady


    Programme Manager District Heating

    Energy Saving Trust

    Ken Brady has worked for the Energy Saving Trust since August 2001. He is currently managing the District Heating Loan Fund on behalf of the Scottish...

  • Mike Cooke


    Regional Director

    Vital Energi

    Mike Cooke, Regional Director at Vital Energi has been responsible for large scale district energy projects and provides a perspective on district...

  • Casey Dickson


    Energy Officer

    South Seeds

    Casey Dickson, South Seeds’ energy officer has been working at South Seeds for over 3 years delivering home energy audits for the residents on the...

  • Alan Glen


    VAT Director


    Alan provides VAT advice and assistance to Scott-Moncrieff’s clients and is also a consultant for other accountancy, legal and professional firms...

  • Matt Hastings


    Programme Director, Local Energy Systems

    Centrica, Distributed Energy and Power

    Matt is a national award winning energy and sustainability professional with over 10 years’ experience in the energy sector. He is a founder member...

  • Dr Kris Hyde


    Technology Manager

    ITM Power

    Dr Kris Hyde has worked for ITM Power for 13 years and is presently technology manager, which involves utilising ITM’s technology in a variety of...

  • Richard Long


    Head of Business Development

    ENGIE Urban Energy

    Richard is a chartered engineer, with over 25 years of technical and commercial experience within the energy sector, predominantly focused on...

  • Audrey MacIver


    Head of Energy,

    Highlands and Islands Enterprise

    A graduate of Aberdeen University in Agricultural Economics, Audrey has dedicated her career to economic and community development in the Highlands...

  • Colin McNaught



    Scottish Energy Association

    Colin has 25 years of experience providing advice on energy issues, working initially in energy efficiency and CHP, his recent work has focused on...

  • Chris Morris



    Local Energy Scotland

    Chris Morris has managed Local Energy Scotland since summer 2013 and is responsible for the delivery of the Scottish Government’s Community and...

  • Laura Nicolson


    Shared Ownership Manager

    Local Energy Scotland

    Laura Nicolson is the Shared Ownership Manager at Local Energy Scotland, supporting communities, developers and local authorities to realise the...

  • Lisa Peebles


    Operation Officer

    South Seeds

    Lisa Peebles South Seeds’ operation officer has been working at South Seeds for over 3 years delivering home energy audits for the residents on the...

  • Stephen Phillips



    Burness Paull

    Stephen has made a significant contribution to the development of new legal models in the community energy sector - including new funding options,...

  • Fraser Pritchard



    Columbus Energy Partners

    Senior executive in the Energy and Capital Markets sectors, with worldwide experience in company direction, stakeholder management, commercial and...

  • Jennifer Ramsay


    Project Manager - Local Energy Challenge Fund

    Local Energy Scotland

    Jennifer Ramsay, Local Energy Scotland, is project manager of the Scottish Government’s Local Energy Challenge Fund. The fund has offered £30m in...

  • Dr Nigel Scott



    Xero Energy Limited

    Nigel has worked on renewable energy and low carbon technology grid connections worldwide for about 25 years as a consultant on projects from a few...

  • Stuart Stephens


    Commercial Director


    After graduating in Politics from Nottingham University Stuart spent several years in Unilever before working in commercial roles for other...

  • David Stutchfield


    Sustainability Manager

    University of St Andrews

    David Stutchfield is the Sustainability Manager at the University of St Andrews working in the Estates Environment Team. He leads the development and...

  • Wouter van der Laak


    Project Manager


    Wouter’s goal is to contribute to a more sustainable and cleaner mobility system with zero emission vehicles. He does this by developing and managing...

  • Barbara Whiting


    Lead Officer - Renewables & Low Carbon

    Fife Council

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