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Major Energy Conference Attracts Widespread Interest

by Deborah Leggate -

A major conference and exhibition on 16 and 17 November will promote Shetland's exceptional renewable energy resources to specialists from all over Europe. Dynamic Shetland aims to demonstrate every aspect of Shetland's massive potential to the "biggest and brightest names" in renewable energy.

Kevin Moreland, Marketing Projects Manager for Shetland Islands Council, said that there had been interest from Denmark, the Netherlands, Ireland, Spain, Norway, Faroe and Sweden as well as from the UK. He explained that places at the event have been taken up very quickly, though a few are still available.

Dynamic Shetland will be based at the Clickimin Leisure Centre in Lerwick and will include a video introduction from the Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing MSP. There will be presentations by Professor Alex Kemp from Aberdeen University, a respected authority on the UK energy industry, and Calum Davidson, Director of Energy and Low Carbon for Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). Tours to key renewable energy sites will be available.

The event aims to ensure that Shetland is firmly on the map as a source of renewable, sustainable energy. It will also demonstrate the high quality and experience of Shetland companies involved in the industry, illustrate the support available from key agencies and show how local facilities can enable renewable energy developments.

The event is funded and coordinated by Shetland Islands Council and HIE in partnership with Shetland Charitable Trust, the Shetland Renewable Energy Forum and Energy North.

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