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Community Groups rally at SHREC to discuss renewable energy issues

Community Groups rally at SHREC to discuss renewable energy issues

In light of the DECC's current Feed-in Tariff consultation and the claim from Community Energy Scotland that community energy is disadvantaged compared to commercial energy development, law firm Harper Macleod has announced a dedicated breakout group at its high profile Scottish Highland Renewable Energy Conference (SHREC) on how this and other unique issues affect Community Groups. The conference takes places on 26th April 2012 at the Drumossie Hotel, Inverness, and already has more than 150 landowners, developers, suppliers and community members attending, with only limited spaces still available. Fergus Ewing, Minister for Energy, Enterprise & Tourism was recently announced as the event's keynote speaker.

The Community Renewables breakout group will explore the issues facing Community Groups in their quest to exceed the target of 500MW of community and locally-owned renewable energy generation by 2020. James McMorrow from Harper Macleod will begin by looking at the company structures, charitable status and governance issues that Community Groups should be aware of. Community Energy Scotland will then focus on local finance models and funding options for community scale projects, with Soirbheas Ltd also providing insight in to its Glenurqhart Project.

Anne Macdonald, Partner at Harper Macleod, commented: "There are so many issues affecting Community Groups and their development of renewable energy that we decided to devote an entire breakout group to them. We're positive it will be a lively and constructive session with much room for discussion and debate. Community Groups play a vital role in developing the Highlands and the renewable energy within it and we want to support them as much as we can."

Other breakout groups at the event focus on wind farms, hydro, energy efficient housing and supply chain and joint ventures.

If you are interested in attending SHREC, please contact [email protected] or phone 01463 795 012.