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SUSPLAN Regional Kick-Off Workshop

Characteristics for Islands:

  • Isolated/ weak grid connection
  • Large share of renewables (e.g. marine, offshore wind)
  • Low demand

The SUSPLAN Regional Kick-Off Workshop Islands took place:

Wednesday, 4th of March 2009, 9 a.m to 5 p.m.
at Lews Castle College, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis


  Welcome and registration workshop  
9:00 Welcome and introduction Professor Sinclair Gair, Chairman
9:10 The Prospect for a Green Energy Future for the Western Isle Rt Hon Brian Wilson, Former UK Energy Minister to the Labour Government
  Part I – Introduction to the SUSPLAN project  
9:25 Introduction to SUSPLAN Dr. Michael Belsnes (Coordinator) Sintef, Norway
9:50 Objectives of regional study and role of stakeholders, task leader to express need for cooperation, communication and data Dr. Hans Auer Technische Universität Wien, Austria (Task leader WP2)
10:15 Coffee break  
  Part II – Future of Grids, Scenarios, Strategies and Politics up to 2050  
10:45 Future View 2030-2050 Jason Ormiston, Chief Executive Scottish Renewables
11:05 Grid Issues - Technical Report Paul Espie, Sinclair Knight Mertz
11:25 Utility Perspective Alan Mortimer, Head of Renewables Policy ScottishPower Renewables
11:45 Future Prospects for the Western Isles from Marine Energy Simon Robertson, nPower Renewables
12:05 Renewable Energy Opportunities in the Wesern Isles Iain Mowat, Halcrow Group
12:25 Lunch  
13:25 Rt Hon Brian Wilson Chairman
13:25 Current Status of Offshore Grid Developements Karen Fraser, Director, Scottish European Green Energy Centre, Scottish Government
13:45 The Future of RE Electricity Generation in Scotland Paul Neilson, Scottish & Southern Energy
14:05 Implications for Islands Derek McKim, Head of European and Development Services, CnES
14:25 Content of guidebook Dr. Hans Auer
  Part III – Decision maker interaction  
14:45 Discussion Session A - Discussion on future trends Dr Neil Finlayson
  Coffee break  
15:50 Discussion Session B - Discussion on cooperation, communication and availability of data Dr Ruairi MacIver
16:35 Discussion on workshop results (written down and formulated during workshop) Paul Kreutzkamp, DENA, SUSPLAN Team and Speaker Panel
16:45 Final conclusions Professor Sinclair Gair

Rt Hon Brian Wilson

17:00 End of workshop  


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