Provost visits city energy conference

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Aberdeenshire Provost, Jill Webster, visited the UK’s largest renewable energe conference at Aberdeen last week.

Aberdeenshire Council is hosted seven local organisations at the annual event, showcasing the range of organisations which operates across the area.

Represented on the council stand were Greenspan Agency, Peterhead Energy Hub, Jigsaw Energy, Grampian Housing Association, GES Environmental, Farm Energy Consulting Ltd and Puffin Pellets/Harpers.

Provost Webster visited the council stand as part of her trip to the All-Energy event on Wednesday. She was also joined by Council leader, Councillor Jim Gifford; depute leader, Councillor Martin Kitts-Hayes; chief executive Colin Mackenzie; director of infrastructure services, Stephen Archer and the chair of the infrastructure services committee, Councillor Peter Argyle.

In the afternoon the Provost joined Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, Edward Davey MP, at the Meikle Carewe wind farm for the launch of the Local Electricity Discount Scheme.

The scheme offers an electricity discount to around 230 local properties.

She said: “Aberdeenshire is an important area for the renewables industry.

“I was glad to see the council and so many Aberdeenshire-based businesses represented at this important event.

“The council is committed to supporting local renewable businesses and initiatives and All-Energy is a fantastic platform for these organisations to achieve national and international recognition.”

All-Energy is the only face to face forum in the UK that brings together all sectors and elements of the renewables and sustainable energy industry.

Aberdeenshire is home to a number of the country’s key energy assets, including the St Fergus Gas Terminal, which processes around 15% of the UK’s natural gas requirements, and Peterhead Power Station which has a production capacity approaching 1,40 Megawatts.

Peterhead harbour is the north-east’s leading deep sea port and Westhill boasts what is widely acknowledged to be the world’s largest concentration of sub sea engineering capability.

The area is also home to many leading energy-related service companies specialising in everything from equipment design and manufacture to consultancies with high levels of intellectual property.

All-Energy is the only face-to-face forum in the UK that brings together all sectors and elements of the renewables/ sustainable energy industry.