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'Energy should be front page news' says minister

Energy news needs to move to the front page of newspapers, according to Energy & Climate Change Minister, Charles Hendry

Speaking at the Energy Insight Conference at The Energy Event Mr Hendry also responded to audience criticisms over the CRC scheme, “It was interesting to see the response from the audience today. It really brings home to us the fact that we have got to persuade people that a low carbon economy is good for business, that ultimately, a low carbon economy delivers security of supply which helps with affordability and that to be absolutely clear that we are delivering this in the cheapest way to consumers.”

The Energy Event played host to the largest free conference programme in the UK as well as presenting the largest CPD certified seminar programme of its kind. Visitors to the event had free access to several conferences which comprised of over 50 seminar sessions led by expert speakers and 11 client-led featured case studies. These were presented in five different content areas; the Energy Insight Conference (which included afternoon sessions hosted by the MEUC), the Energy Information Theatre, the Hosted Content Area, the ESTA Theatre and the Energy Quote Seminars.

During the Energy Insight Conference on day two, the ‘face’ of UK business, Lord Digby Jones claimed during his presentation on ‘Putting Britain at the heart of global change’, that British business can lead the world in cleaner energy, using this as an opportunity to create wealth by investing in R&D in tidal and wind energy. Lord Jones outlined that in order to achieve this, Britain needs better support from the government, not an increase in legislation and carbon taxation. He also echoed Charles Hendry’s call for business and energy issues to be placed higher up the media agenda.

BT’s Energy & Carbon Programme Director, Richard Tarboton, provided Energy Information Theatre attendees with new ways of thinking when it comes to renewables during his presentation entitled:

How important is the role of renewables for business? How can the investment pay for itself and what assumptions can be made on energy prices vs. the cost of generation?’ He revealed that BT is currently in dialogue with the government on its proposal for a ‘CO2label’, which would replace current UK low carbon measures. They are suggesting a single electricity levy in place of the multiple policies and taxes that businesses in the UK must deal with currently.

With a remit defined to focus on energy management, procurement and efficiency, The Energy Event catered specifically for energy professionals from Electrical Engineers through to Procurement Managers and CEOs, offering them not only a first-class seminar programme, but also on the exhibition floor, an increase in the number of exhibitors against last year of over 50 per cent; ensuring the event provided visitors with access to the leading product and service specialists in the industry.

For visitors and exhibitors alike, The Energy Event provided an unparalleled networking opportunity, proving why this event continues to be a must for the diaries of all energy professionals. Visiting the event, Lee De Souza, a consultant for Artemis Consulting said: “I found The Energy Event to be better than most networking events I have attended in the past. I think the event is very informative and has a great variety of exhibitors”.

Also impressed by the networking opportunities was Ron Johnson, Energy Engineering Co-ordinator for Weetabix Ltd: “This is the first time I have attended this event. I am here for networking and I have found it very useful so far. I thought there was a very good selection of exhibitors and information available”.

The next Energy Event takes place on the 11 and 12 of September 2012 at the N.E.C Birmingham and promises to once again be a key diary date for anyone involved in energy procurement and management. For conference material and photos from The Energy Event 2011, please visit www.theenergyevent.com.

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