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Record Turnout at WJM's Annual Renewables Seminar

28th November 2023

Record Turnout at WJM's Annual Renewables Seminar

Record numbers attended Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP’s annual renewables seminar earlier this month, which put the spotlight on Scotland's trajectory towards achieving its onshore wind targets.

More than 140 renewables professionals attended WJM’s ‘'Reaching the targets – 2030' conference, which provided a platform for insightful discussions on Scotland's journey towards achieving the ambitious goal of deploying 20GW of onshore wind by 2030.

The seminar delved into crucial topics such as planning, the Sector Deal, grid reform and grid upgrades, green hydrogen, battery storage and the evolving approach required for industry players to future-proof sites.

Andy McFarlane, Head of Renewables at WJM, said: "Our annual event has gone from strength to strength and this year’s attendance shows a heightened interest in recent industry developments, as well as highlighting the sector’s shared commitment to Scotland's renewable energy future.

“Our speakers and panellists held engaging discussions on the consenting landscape post-NPF4 and the role the Sector Deal will play going forward, the pressing issues and cost challenges facing all power generators around the grid and green hydrogen. Despite the challenges it was pleasing to note the resilience and adaptability of the developer community who were strongly represented at the seminar.

“As we make strides toward the 2030 targets, our speakers and panellists emphasised that collaboration and innovative thinking and technology are the cornerstones of achieving a sustainable, Net Zero future.

“This event not only showcased the depth of knowledge within the industry but also reinforced our collective dedication to driving positive change.

“We look forward to building on this momentum in the coming years, as we continue to work collaboratively to support Scotland in building a greener, more sustainable energy landscape.”

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