10th November 2009
Preparing for the Energy Revolution!
Britain is about to welcome a revolution that will help to meet the two current challenges of climate change and the credit crunch...
Britain is about to welcome a revolution that will help to meet the two
current challenges of climate change and the credit crunch. Businesses and
householders are rapidly realising that they can take control of the power
they generate to light and heat their homes; and government-set
Feed-In-Tariffs (FiTs) set to come in force next spring will help them
Finding out more about actions to take and benefits
that will accrue can be challenging. A new event being held at Wembley
Stadium on 1 and 2 December this year is set to solve this and de-mystify the
whole procedure. Smart Energy '09, with its conference organised by the
Renewable Energy Association and exhibition organised by Media Generation
Ventures, offers organisations and contractors working on behalf of
individuals, the perfect one-stop-opportunity to learn, network - and do
The first day of the conferences focuses on 'Smart Energy and Businesses' and the second on 'Smart Energy and Communities' - both days
feature sessions designed to explain the different technology options
available, their features and their practical application, as well as an
practical information on how each of these technologies will benefit under
the new government incentives.
Powerful plenary sessions include speakers
such as Jeremy Leggett, Executive Chairman of SolarCentury the leading
provider of solar photovoltaic (PV) solutions in UK; Susan Pelmore, of Pöyry
Consulting; and Pilgrim Beart, Chief Executive of AlertMe, the device partner
of Google's online PowerMeter.
"Britain is indeed on the brink of an
energy revolution," says Paul Stott of Media Generation Ventures (a member of
the Media Generation Group who also organise All-Energy, the UK's largest
renewable energy exhibition and conference). "Thanks to FiTs and government
emission reduction policy, the UK mind set is about to change. We will see
our methods of lighting and of heating transformed on large scale projects
and within small businesses and in our own homes. Indeed, there are some who
believe that the revolution will transform how we live and how we think.
Smart Energy '09 provides a first step to understanding the possibilities
that lie ahead.
"We are expecting energy managers and facility managers
from a wide range of large organisations such as retailers, warehouses and
offices; local, regional and national government; schools, hospitals and
public buildings; factories and businesses; hotels, leisure centres and
sports facilities; communities and housing associations to descend on Wembley
Stadium to find out more.
"It is also the ideal opportunity for small and
medium enterprises (SMEs) and for those to whom householders are likely to
turn to for advice such as architects, builders, plumbers and electricians to
find out more. We welcome them all.
There is a modest
charge for attending the conference, but the exhibition with its broad range
of exhibitors including wind, biomass, solar PV, air conditioning, grid
connection companies, project management consultants, and specialist
advisors, is free to attend for delegates and non-delegates alike. Some, like
Hoval, will be using Smart Energy for the launch of new products. Hoval's is
their innovative new CF ceramic filtration system.
A successful campaign, led by the Renewable Energy Association
(REA) and Friends of the Earth, has resulted in exciting new incentives for
organisations and individuals to produce their own green energy under the
2008 Energy Act. The Government's consultation on Feed-in-Tariffs (FiTs)
closed mid-October with over 700 responses to their proposals on how the FiTs
scheme should work, including the proposed tariff levels, and work is now
underway in DECC analysing these responses. The FiTs will be introduced from
April 2010 to incentivise local renewable heat, power and biogas production.
This will contribute to accelerated growth in the sector. The conference will
reflect this growth.
Following opening plenary sessions, breakout sessions
on Day 1 (Smart Energy and Business) are devoted to industry; public sector
(own buildings); energy efficiency; heating and cooling; and power. Then on
Day 2 (Smart Energy and Communities) the focus is on tariff technologies and
energy efficiency; heating and cooling; power; community and social housing;
household and historic buildings; and local authority (and regional). In all,
up to 48 speakers and session chairs will take part in the packed and
Presentations during the two days range from
British Gas' perspective on the new incentives, to the potential for
renewables in the social housing sector; and from a case study relating to
B&Q's actions to reduce their carbon footprint to bringing energy
efficiency to the workplace and beyond; as well as invaluable
"how it works,
what the benefits are and how it will benefit under the
tariffs" presentations for all relevant sources of energy.
various case studies and practical examples, a wide range of industry and
public sector experts will also explore:
· The role and importance of the
retail sector in technological and social change in the face of climate
change, particularly in relation to energy and the new populist incentives
for renewables investment
· The huge opportunities for industry to drive
social and technological change in the face of climate change and energy
security concerns, as well as exploit new business opportunities, what
pioneering work is being done by companies to reduce their carbon footprint
and how they benefit from investment in 'Smart Energy'
· The role of
the public sector in driving a smarter approach to energy both in its own
operation and in its wider influence with the public, how the new incentives
can encourage local government to step up their leadership on renewables and
the role that schools, hospitals and other public institutions have to
· How communities, social enterprises and householders can use the
new renewable incentives to take charge of their carbon footprint and their
"If you are concerned with energy efficiency, the mounting
cost of your energy bill or the impact of your carbon footprint, then the
Smart Energy conference is for you," says Sarah-Jane Freni, Events Manager
REA. "It is very much a one-stop shop providing you with all the information
you need from which technology is
best suited for you, to practical examples
of how other people did it, not forgetting valuable information on how the
FiTs and heat incentive could benefit you. Come and learn all about it on 1
and 2 December 09!"
Smart Energy is endorsed by DECC,
sponsored by Partnerships for Renewables and the RES Group and supported by
BEAMA, The Carbon Trust, EEEGR, Energy Networks Association, Energy Saving
Trust, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Renewables East and Regen
Partnerships for Renewables (PfR), a Carbon Trust Enterprise, works
with the public sector to develop and manage onsite renewable energy projects
and is currently working with over 100 Public Sector Bodies with a
significant number of lead projects," explains Tom Brinicombe, Head of
Marketing and Communications, PfR. "Therefore we are pleased to encourage and
support Smart Energy '09 which has been set up to encourage both the public
and private sector to look seriously at the range of advantages accrued by
onsite renewable energy projects.
"The public sector is increasingly
recognised as having a significant role to play in reducing carbon emissions
and providing leadership at a local level. With a large renewables potential,
public sector projects could make a significant contribution towards meeting
the UK's renewable energy targets, and Smart Energy will certainly help
awareness of this challenge and of the opportunities. Smart Energy will be
equally valuable to the private sector, and this is to be applauded. Our
chief executive, Stephen Ainger will be speaking at Smart Energy '09 and we
are greatly looking forward to this new event, which we believe is set to
grow in size and stature in future years."