Local Energy: People, Place and Infrastructure

Local Energy: People, Place and Infrastructure

16 May 2019, 11:00 - 12:30

Boisdale 1

Organised with Local Energy Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Chair and Introduction: Zoe Laird, Regional Head of Community Infrastructure, Highlands and Islands Enterprise 

Scottish Government vision and emerging policy progress
Sue Kearns, Deputy Director, Low Carbon and Consumers Division

UK local and community energy developments and sectoral support
Patrick Allcorn, Head of Local Energy, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

The Energy Transition – a consumer approach
Cheryl McNulty, Senior Policy Advisor - Consumer Policy & Interventions Team, Scottish Government  

Infrastructure: Using existing infrastructure and the role of the DSO
Sorcha Schnittger, Innovation Strategy Engineer, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

Place based approach

- Integrated renewables, local energy economies and circular supply chain: The Outer Hebrides Local Energy Hub (OHLEH) - Donnie MacMillan, Plant Manager, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
- Local energy systems in practice - Lucy Gillie, General Manager, South Seeds and Benny Talbot, Innovation Development Officer, Community Energy Scotland

Local Energy Scotland & CARES 
Chris Morris, Local Energy Scotland 

Enterprise frameworks – supporting the sector to develop
Jamie Robinson, Specialist, Energy Team,  Scottish Enterprise 

Q&A and panel discussion

Summing up and close

Programme subject to change 


  • Sorcha Schnittger


    Innovation Strategy Engineer

    Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

    Sorcha holds a BEng Mechanical Engineering and an MSc Carbon Capture and Storage. She has worked in engineering, research and policy roles across...

  • Jamie Robinson


    Strategy Lead – Local Energy Systems

    Scottish Enterprise

    After achieving a 1st class honours in Physics in 2008 and an MSc with distinction in Renewable Energy Engineering in 2009, Jamie started at the...

  • Benny Talbot


    Innovation Development Officer - Local Energy Economies

    Community Energy Scotland

    Benny has worked for Community Energy Scotland, at the leading edge of electricity network innovation for the last five years. With first class...

  • Lucy Gillie


    General Manager

    South Seeds

    Lucy has managed South Seeds for eight years. In that time it has supported thousands of residents on Glasgow's southside to save energy and lead...

  • Donnie Macmillan


    Waste and Recycling Services Manager

    Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

    Donnie has worked for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's Municipal Services Department for the past 15 years. Starting as a Maintenance Engineer at the...

  • Sue Kearns


    Deputy Director, Consumers & Low Carbon Division

    Scottish Government

    Sue’s has held various policy posts including on enterprise education, regional policy, and information technology. As a previous Head of...

  • Zoe Laird


    Regional Head of Community Infrastructure

    Highlands and Islands Enterprise

    Zoe Laird is the Regional Head of Communities Infrastructure in HIE. This remit includes responsibility for HIE’s approach to both hard...

  • 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...