This year’s visit to the All Energy in Scotland’s ‘Energy City’ provided the perfect platform for the IET to listen to innovators, convene a ‘state of the nation’ session on UK renewables and launch its brand new corporate exhibition stand.
Event organisers Reed couldn’t have bettered the arrangements, the audience or the attractions for the show’s two days in May at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre. In addition to the 10,382 visitors from 48 countries, 606 exhibitors occupying 8,000m2, 350 conference speakers in 56 sessions, we got not one but two Ministers!
Rt Hon Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) reported over £29 billion of private sector investment in renewables since 2010, supporting almost 30,000 jobs.
Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister of Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Scottish Government announced the first deal from the Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF), support from the Marine Renewables Commercialisation Fund (MRCF) for the wave sector and a licence for a 50-Oyster wave farm off the north west coast of Lewis.
All Energy proved to be an outstanding success for the IET too! The Corporate Marketing team’s newly designed ‘IET story’ took centre stage as the main focal point of the IET stand with its striking visual representation of engineering-related objects including a wind turbine, helicopter and communications tower arranged to form the letters I-E-T. A real eye catcher!
It certainly provided the ‘Wow!’ factor for our visitors, including existing and prospective members of the IET. There was a great deal of on-stand interest in Professional Registration.
Off-stand, the IET.tv film crew, led by roving reporter and IET Energy Sector Head, Gordon Graham attracted a great deal of attention. Gordon and the crew came away with some fantastic footage including a number of exhibitor interviews.
Among the highlights was Gordon’s discussion with Stephen Trotter, Managing Director of ABB’s Power Systems business in the UK and Ireland and a proud IET member too!
Their conversation covered a wide range of topics from reasons for exhibiting at All Energy through to the need for certainty in terms of the commercial framework and the pipeline of projects.
“It’s a great time to be in the energy industry,” added Trotter. “With some very important decisions being made, hopefully by this time next year, we’ll have seen a lot of progress in terms of projects. Hopefully, a lot more technology and we’ll see a lot more young people choosing engineering as a career.”
The IET’s conference session on Distributed Generation (DG) was one of the first breakout streams on the first day and attracted a lively debate on the prospects for the UK renewables industry. Delegates attending the DG session identified the prevailing structure within the UK renewables market as being the biggest impediment to future success and called on the Government to lead and facilitate the creation of an integrated, national renewable energy strategy for the rest of the 21st