The Renewables Revolution - A Good News Conference

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We are delighted to be holding a major event this December which focuses on how we can Power our Buildings for a Cleaner Future. Come and join us and enjoy good networking and festive drinks!

Powering our Buildings for a Cleaner Future

Until very recently, integrating renewable energy technologies into buildings has been a ‘nice to have’ addition, the main barriers being capital costs, competiveness with fossil fuel energy and scepticism. However, recent evidence shows that these barriers either no longer exist or will soon become invalid.

For example:

  • The cost of photovoltaics has plummeted to 70% below 2010 prices (pre-Feed In Tariff)
  • In the first quarter of 2016, UK renewables’ share of electricity generation (hydro, wind and other renewables) was 25.1% and rising
  • 21st April 2017 was the first day since the Industrial Revolution that the UK has not used any coal for energy generation
  • Even hard nosed investors now consider that renewables are competitive with conventional fossil fuel energy, becoming cheaper in the near future (see

This conference with bring together a host of experts in the field to discuss:

  • Local and national renewable energy policy
  • The current and future state of the UK energy mix – what a 100% renewable UK would look like
  • Cost comparisons and financial benefits
  • Technological innovation in solar, wind and biomass
  • Breakthroughs in battery storage for buildings
  • Case studies with integrated renewables

There will be an open-to-the public renewable energy exhibition and an electric vehicle will be on display.


12.00    Event opened by Bob Goodman, Cabinet Member for Development and Neighbourhoods, Bath & North East Somerset Council

12.15    Networking and visit to trade stands (open to public); view Kia Soul Electric Vehicle

12.45    Registration & lunch

13.45    Welcome from Amy Robinson, Business Development Manager, Triodos Bank

13.50    Time to get much smarter about renewable energy – the national perspective
Simon Roberts OBE, Centre for Sustainable Energy

National energy policy, regulation and market design – creating the conditions for success.

14.20    The Regional Perspective
Mark Letcher, Project Manager Sustainability, City Innovation, and Sustainability Service, Bristol City Council

Regional resource assessments, local targets & aspiration, the West of England Joint Spatial Plan.

14.40    Towards Subsidy Free Development – the economic context
Philip Bazin, Environment Team Manager, Triodos Business Banking team

How renewable energy technologies now stack up financially.

15.00    Renewable Energy  - the Local Perspective
Richard Lowe, Investment Programme Manager, Bristol City Council Energy Service

Council investments in building-mounted PV, Energy targets in the REPLICATE programme and meeting Bristol Core Strategy 14 targets.

15.30    Refreshments

15.50    Invest for a Purpose: Local Authority Opportunities in Solar Power
Leonie Greene, Head of External Affairs, Solar Trade Association

16.20    Buildings as Power Stations – The Active Classroom case study
Joanna Morgan, Building Integration Manager, SPECIFIC

A live case study in Wales demonstrating technologies that generate electricity and heat together with energy storage systems.

16.50    Battery storage – shaking up the way that we provide energy for our homes
Martin Allman, Sonnen Batterie

How battery storage technology and smart business models can be used to change the way that we manage and use energy in our homes.

17.20    The Get it from the Sun (GIFTS) Challenge: supporting local initiatives to keep renewables expanding
Professor Keith Barnham, author of The Burning Answer: A user's guide to the solar revolution 

The GIFTS spreadsheet matches local electricity supply and demand hour-by-hour 24/7, 52 weeks of the year with wind and solar power backed up by flexible bio-electric generation.

17.45    Open panel discussion/roundup chaired by Lucy Pedler, The Green Register

18.00    Drinks and nibbles

18.45    Close

Further information:

  • In the coming decades the UK is uniquely placed to benefit from three innovations that could help fire a smart power revolution.
  • Interconnection - connecting our electricity network to our continental neighbours is already bringing down bills and helping to balance the system. More connections to cheap, green power supplies, from Norway and Iceland could bring great benefits to the UK. Government should redouble its efforts to open new connections.
  • Storage - technology is accelerating at a remarkable speed. The UK could become a world leader in making use of these technologies, not through subsidies, but by ensuring that better regulation creates a level playing field between generation and storage.
  • Demand flexibility - A new generation of hi-tech systems means consumers can save money and cut emissions without inconvenience. Government should ensure the UK’s benefits by improving regulation, informing the public of its benefits and piloting schemes on its own estate.

What have our delegates said about Green Register seminars?

"Excellent coverage for both established Green Register members and novices"
“A great combination of information from basics to detailed application!  A very useful overview and introduction”
“A great understanding and awareness of materials, with its applications and advantages”


Book 3 places at this event and get the 3rd place free. Book your places online as normal and we will deduct the cost of the 3rd place once your booking is received. This offer may not be used in conjunction with other offers.

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December 7th, 2017 12:00 PM through  6:00 PM
The Foundation
Lower Ground Floor
St George’s Road
Bristol, BS1 5BE
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Event Fee(s)
Members £ 65.00
Non-Members £ 99.00
Members - incl place at Achieving Airtightness seminar 23 Oct 15, 9.30-12.30 £ 99.00
Members £ 65.00
Non-Members - incl place at Achieving Airtightness seminar 23 Oct 15, 9.30-12.30 £ 135.00
Non-Members £ 99.00