Community and Local Energy - Show Floor Seminar Theatre

Community and Local Energy - Show Floor Seminar Theatre

15 May 2019, 10:30 - 17:00

Community and Local Energy Show Floor Seminar Theatre

Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Local Energy Scotland are pleased to welcome you to this year’s Community and Local Energy Seminar Theatre. We will be showcasing innovative, low carbon, community and local energy projects from across Scotland in a high-energy full day programme.  With over 20 speakers across six themes, the day will involve a series of fifteen minute presentations from those involved in making these projects a reality.


10:30 | Welcome and Introductions
Audrey MacIver, Director of Energy and Low Carbon, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Chris Morris, Local Energy Scotland Manager, Local Energy Scotland

10:45 | Update from the Scottish Government 
Christine MacKay, Team Leader, Scottish Government


11:00 | CES – Community Energy Futures
Gillian Wilson, Head of Development, Community Energy Scotland 

11:15 | District heating loan fund - supporting district heating in Scotland 
Ken Brady, Programme Manager, Energy Saving Trust

11:30 | CARES funding and support 
Laura Campbell, Partnership Manager and Mark Brennan, Shared Ownership Manager, Local Energy Scotland 

11:45 | Support from Scotland’s Enterprise Agencies
Jamie Robinson, Specialist, Energy Team, Scottish Enterprise


12:00 | Experiences from Deploying Off-Grid Local Energy Systems in Rural Malawi
Damien Frame, Research Associate, University of Strathclyde

12:15 | What we can learn from International Local Energy Systems
Rita Desmyter, Delta-ee



13:00 | Introducing Project LEO
Stevie Adams, Senior Project Manager, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks 

13:15 | Financing community energy business models in the UK: successes, barriers and opportunities
Dr Iain Cairns, Teaching Associate, University of Strathclyde

13:30 | The future of community energy in the UK - stakeholder informed business models and pathways 
Dr Timothy Braunholtz-Speight, Research Associate, University of Manchester 

13:45 | The Invisible Hand of the Local Energy Market: Free-Market Energy Trading in Real Time
Anthony Price, Managing Director, Swanbarton

14:00 | Local energy, national value: experiences with community and distributed energy in the Balancing Mechanism
Dr Alastair Martin, Chief Strategy Officer, Flexitricity

14:15 | Prospering from the Energy Revolution
Rob Saunders, Deputy Challenge Director, ISCF, Innovate UK


14:30 | Introducing WESLID – the Whole Energy System Levenmouth Integrated Demonstration project
Rachel Mell, Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult

14:45 | HyDIME: Integrating hydrogen into the marine environment
Richard Ainsworth, Project Manager, European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)

15:00 | Mean Moor Wind Farm
Matthew Clayton, Managing Director, Thrive Renewables

15:15 | Brownfield to Solar Field: Improving energy access in deprived communities
Jim Lee, Glasgow Community Energy 

15:30 | Point and Sandwick – SWIFT2
Calum MacDonald, Point and Sandwick Trust and Adam Frew, Renewable Energy Consultant, Wood 


16:00 | Shared ground loops and their potential contribution to decarbonising heat in rural Scotland
Dan Gates, Senior Engineer, Locogen

16:15 | Affordable Solar water and space heating in the global built environment
Christine Boyle, CEO, Senergy


16:30 | Smart Solar and Storage
Jon Cape, Managing Director, iPower Energy Ltd

16:45 | How to solve a problem like Islay?
Hazel Robertson, Pale Blue Dot Energy  

17:00 | Close – Summing up, thanks and welcome to the HIE networking and drinks reception
Sarah Marshall, Highlands and Islands Enterprise 

*Highlands and Island Enterprise (HIE) networking and drinks reception at HIE pavilion*

Programme subject to change  


  • Jon Cape


    Managing Director

    iPower Energy Ltd

    Jon is Managing Director of iPower, a social enterprise which develops low carbon projects working closely with Companies, Councils, Housing...

  • Audrey MacIver


    Director of Energy and Low Carbon

    Highlands and Islands Enterprise

    Since graduating from Aberdeen University in Agricultural Economics, Audrey has dedicated her career to economic and community development of the...

  • Ken Brady


    District Heating Programme Manager

    Energy Saving Trust

    Ken Brady has worked for the Energy Saving Trust since August 2001. He currently manages the district heating loan fund on behalf of Scottish...

  • Alastair Martin


    Chief Strategy Officer


    Dr. Alastair Martin is a professional energy engineer with experience ranging from gigawatt-scale coal and nuclear power stations, through industrial...

  • Iain Cairns


    Teaching Associate

    Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde

    Iain Cairns is an academic based at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde. His interests include alternative - and more...

  • Hazel Robertson


    Transition Energiser

    Pale Blue Dot Energy

    Hazel has worked in the emerging CCS industry since 2010 when she graduated from the first CCS MSc at Edinburgh University and joined CO2 Storage...

  • Gillian Wilson


    Head of Development

    Community Energy Scotland

    Gillian joined Community Energy Scotland in 2017. She is an experienced CEO and Development Manager, with over 30 years’ experience of working in the...

  • Richard Ainsworth


    Project Manager

    European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)

    With a background in mechanical engineering and having recently completed his second masters degree in marine renewable energy, Richard manages the...

  • Stevie Adams


    Senior Project Manager

    Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

    Stevie Adams is a Senior Project Manager, at Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks; he has worked with SSE since 2001 and has led the delivery...

  • Dan Gates


    Senior Engineer


    Dan is an Engineer with over 17 years good practical experience in the planning, design and supervision of delivery for most renewable technologies...

  • Rachael Mell


    Senior Energy Consultant


    Rachael is a senior consultant with a background in technology valuation and market assessment in offshore energy. Rachael has worked on offshore...

  • Rob Saunders


    Deputy Challenge Director

    Innovate UK

    Rob runs the £102m Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund programme 'Prospering from the Energy Revolution' for UK Research & Innovation. The programme...

  • Anthony Price




    Anthony Price founded Swanbarton, an energy storage consultancy, in 2003 anticipating the need for storage in power systems. He previously worked for...

  • Laura Campbell


    Partnership Manager

    Local Energy Scotland

    Laura joined Local Energy Scotland in October 2014 as the Project Manager for the Local Energy Challenge Fund, she moved over to the role of...

  • Matthew Clayton


    Managing Director

    Thrive Renewables plc

    Matthew has been part of the Thrive Renewables team (formerly part of Triodos Bank) since 2006 and has contributed to 15-fold growth of the company...

  • Tim Braunholtz-Speight


    Research Associate

    Tyndall Centre, University of Manchester

    Tim is researching finance and business models for community energy in the UK as part of the UKERC Financing Community Energy project. He is a social...

  • Jim Lee



    Glasgow Community Energy

    Jim is a director of the community benefit society which leads the Glasgow Community Energy project. He is Energy4All’s project officer in Scotland....

  • Damien Frame


    Research Associate

    University of Strathclyde

    Damien is a researcher in the University of Strathclyde's Institute of Energy and Environment who specializes in low-carbon local energy systems in...

  • Mark Brennan


    Shared Ownership Manager

    Local Energy Scotland

    Planning graduate from Heriot-Watt University, and Energy CPD Mastership Status, European Energy Centre, with 25 years community and renewable energy...

  • Adam Frew


    Renewable Energy Consultant


    I am a renewable energy consultant with Wood's clean energy implementation team based in Glasgow. I have been working in the renewable energy sector...

  • Christine Boyle



    Senergy Innovations

    With a background spanning almost 20 years in the commercial roofing industry, Senergy are a Belfast based enterprise that design and manufacture...

  • 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...