Carter Jonas breaks for the border this week with renewable energy message
Date of Article
Oct 31 2012

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31 October 2012, Guidance about the risks and rewards of wind turbine development will be given by a local energy expert to business and political audiences at the UK’s premier renewable energy event which is taking place in Scotland this week (30 October-01 November).

Andrew Watkin, who is head of energy & marine at Carter Jonas and leads this specialist team’s work across the country from the property consultancy's office in Peterborough, has been invited to address an audience at RenewableUK’s annual conference and exhibition which gets underway today (Tuesday 30 October) at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow.

This week's high profile event has attracted over 5,000 delegates and has over 300 companies exhibiting - including Carter Jonas.  All attendees are drawn from, or have an interest in, the renewable energy industry - one of the UK's fastest growing business sectors.

The First Minister of Scotland, the Right Honourable Alex Salmond MSP will be one of the keynote political speakers at the Glasgow event alongside the UK's Energy Minister and Member of Parliament for South Holland and The Deepings, John Hayes.

Carter Jonas's Andrew Watkin will be speaking on the final day of the conference (Thursday 01 November) in a session dedicated to examining issues affecting those involved in small and medium-sized wind energy projects.

Carter Jonas has clients with substantial wind turbine interests in Scotland and other renewable energy projects across the nations and regions of the UK, so Andrew Watkin will be using the event to share Carter Jonas’s extensive experience of working in this sector since 2006 - when the specialist energy & marine team was set up as part of the firm's rural division.

He says: "There's no doubting the current political focus on ensuring a secure energy supply for the UK in the future."

"Regardless of the position adopted by the politicians in Glasgow about national ownership of UK-based sources post-Scottish independence vote in 2014, renewable energy from wind turbine generation will be a crucial part of the supply mix."

"It's important that the voices of practitioners in the field are heard and I am looking forward to sharing our experience of the benefits and opportunities - and the potential pitfalls -  with an audience who have an active interest in the subject on a number of levels."