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Partner Press Release: Impact of Brexit debated at leading agricultural event

Energy Now Expo, 8-9 Feb 2017, Telford International Centre

The effect of Brexit on the UK’s renewable and low carbon energy policy will be outlined by the Rt Hon. John Gummer, Lord Deben – chairman of the committee on climate change, at the Energy Now Expo next February 8 & 9 2017.

A key note speaker at the event, Lord Deben was the former minister for agriculture, fisheries and food between 1989 and 1993 and was the UK’s longest serving secretary of state for the environment. His sixteen years of top-level ministerial experience also includes minister for London, employment minister and paymaster general in HM Treasury.

He has consistently championed an identity between environmental concerns and business sense, and will give insight into the impact of Brexit, as well as the latest developments in the renewable energy industry and what this means for British farmers.

The renewable energy sector, while maturing, is in flux, as the industry at large awaits the government’s decisions on subsidy. Currently experts can only predict what will happen, but at the Energy Now Expo, farmers will be able to access the most up to date information on government support.

As the renewable energy industry has developed, a corresponding drop in government support was always predicted, as initiatives become self-financing. But the speed at which subsidy has been reduced has cast some doubt over the government’s stance.

“While there’s still uncertainty around subsidy, by the Expo next February, we will have more insight,” says Energy Now Expo director, David Jacobmeyer. “We’re honoured to have Lord Deben speaking at the event. His experience and vast knowledge will give visitors a detailed insight into policy,” he says.

The theme of Energy Now Expo 2017, once again supported by the ADBA, is ‘renewable energy in a post subsidy world’ and over 80 speakers will cover a range of topics, to inform on present and future opportunities for farmers. Conference highlights include:

  • A dedicated energy storage session, on each day of the event, offering a practical guide to the opportunities, risks and the rewards, including a focus on ‘behind the meter’ developments. The sessions will be chaired by Ray Noble from the REA, with contributions from Jonathan Scurlock, NFU’s chief adviser on renewable energy, and Adam Simms from the national grid who will talk about the future of grid services and the role storage has to play. Mark Newton from Fisher German will also provide a practical guide to energy storage
  • A ‘question time’ session on the continued opportunities within the Welsh renewables sector, chaired by BBC Wales Environment Correspondent Steffan Messenger. Participants in the session include Jennifer Pride from the Welsh Government, Chris Brooks – farmer and renewable energy engineer, Alistair Marsden from Dulas, Paul Allen, Sero Carbon Britain Coordinator at CAT and Gideon Carpenter from Natural Resource Wales
  • The RSPB’s Head of Sustainable Development, Simon Marsh will be presenting on the RSPB's energy vision to meet the 2050 climate targets in harmony with nature
  • Over 3 hours of talks on AD & Biogas, including an exploration into the financial feasibility of AD projects in light of subsidy changes; a look at how the technology itself is adapting; a focus on the ways to nutritionally control feedstocks and maximise returns, the continued development of the gas to grid market and a report on the Biogas Action Project. The ADBA’s policy officer Thom Koller will chair the biogas session on day 2.
  • An update on the RHI and the ramifications for the renewable heating sector, by Nick Monether, director of Greenfields Consulting
  • Grid rights and wrongs, from Hugh Taylor, CEO of energy consultants, Roadnight Taylor
  • James Veaney, head of electricity connections and constraint management at Ofgem, will be discussing the policy behind fast and cost effective grid connections
  • REA’s Chief Exec, Dr Nina Skorupska, will be discussing the UK renewables sector’s achievements so far, as well as the future direction and opportunities availabl

This is just a snapshot of the wide range of speakers this popular event has attracted. Each will be tackling the issues facing different energy sectors, as an increasing number of farmers seek alternative ways to reduce bills, lower carbon emissions and boost incomes.

Features not to miss at the event include:

  • The Energy Now Awards returns for the second year, to reward farmers and landowners for their achievement within the sector
  • Three zones; featuring an educational sector, a new product development area and re-structured advice clinic
  • An extended exhibition hall, accommodating 200 exhibitors and the energy storage zone

Energy Now Expo is the only renewable energy event organised exclusively for the agricultural and rural sectors. Tickets can be organised online at or by calling 01293 854405. A limited amount of exhibition space is also available, so contact the Energy Now team today if you wish to discuss the options.

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