This year, we celebrate 25 years of work in the energy industry. While the industry itself has changed significantly over the years, our company has experienced changes too, specifically with our rebrand in 2015.
Since rebranding, almost two years ago, from the Industrial and Power Association (IPA) to Scottish Energy Association (SEA), we have increased membership by almost 50% and continued to host and attend various networking and knowledge sharing meetings, events and conferences.
Our monthly Knowledge Exchange Meetings focus on a different topic each time and have only improved over the years, providing not only an insight into the industry but also useful discussions between members. Strengthening commercial relationships between our members is one of our top priorities and providing networking opportunities such as our Knowledge Exchange Meetings is of great importance. Our first meeting of the year will take place in Edinburgh on January 31st, with a focus on “Scotland’s Energy Future”, discussing current trends and developments in the industry.
Not only have we rebranded as a company, we have also rebranded our annual conference, which was formerly the Power Scotland Conference and will now celebrate its tenth year under the new name, Energy Scotland Conference. The theme for the conference, taking place on February 23rd in Glasgow, will be “The Scottish Energy Strategy and Opportunities for the Industry”. Speakers confirmed thus far include Chris Stark – Director of Energy & Climate Change; Angus MacNeil MP; Paul Steen of Ramboll; Duncan Booker of Glasgow City Council; Karen Turner of CEP; Garry Clark of Scottish Chambers of Commerce; Grant Spence of Mott McDonald; Andy Kerr of ECCI; Matt Hastings of Centrica; Stuart Little of IRT Surveys Ltd and John MacNeil, Smart Energy GB.
This year, we will also be returning to exhibit at All-Energy 2017, where we exhibited and hosted a session on policy changes last year and are delighted to announce we have three stand share opportunities. All-Energy, taking place this year on May 10th & 11th is a fantastic event, welcoming thousands of delegates and exhibitors from across the energy supply chain to Glasgow’s SECC. This event is a great opportunity to network, knowledge share and make quality contacts across the industry.
After a great couple of years as Scottish Energy Association and a successful 2016, we are looking forward to celebrating our 25th year in business, with various exciting events taking place throughout the year. We’d also like to thank all members and friends of SEA for their continued support!