Councillor voices concern over move of conference

The leader of Aberdeenshire Council, Councillor Jim Gifford, has voiced ‘grave concern’ over suggestions that a leading North-east energy conference could move to Glasgow next year.

The annual All Energy conference is currently taking place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, and has been a highlight of the calendar for renewable energy companies and oil and gas firms looking to expand into renewables.

Responding to reports the event is to move to Glasgow in 2015, Councillor Gifford said: “Moving this high profile event from the energy capital of Europe to the central belt appears to me to make little sense and fills me with grave concern.”

Aberdeenshire Council has exhibited at the show since 2002 and has partnered with Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) for most of this time as well as providing speakers for technical sessions.

The show has helped promote the wider renewables agenda in the north of Scotland and beyond, becoming the biggest event of its kind in the UK and attracting exhibitors from the Americas and Asia and Europe.

Many farmers who have diversified their farm businesses through wind generation learned about the technology and received support for the changeover through contacts made at All Energy.

”This whole situation is incredibly disappointing and I hope the organisers will recognise the value that the people and businesses of Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen place in this event,” added Councillor Gifford.