The LCNF Conference is expected to attract over 1000 delegates and exhibitors and will appeal to those involved in, or wanting to be involved in, future networks provision in Scotland over the Conference’s two-day itinerary.
The Conference, launched in 2011 is run by the Energy Networks Association (ENA) on behalf of the energy industry as mandated by Ofgem. The ENA represent “wires and pipes” transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and their members control and maintain the critical national infrastructure that delivers these vital services to homes and businesses.
The LCN Fund Conference is the only Conference held in the UK which focuses specifically on transmission and distribution network engineering and allows the unparalleled opportunity to discuss and debate developments, bringing together people from DNOs and their partners working in the future networks arena to disseminate information around their LCN Fund projects, share their findings and discuss best practices.
This Conference was awarded subvention funding from the new Visit Scotland National Bid Fund, match-funded by VisitAberdeen.
This year’s Conference (2013) will be held in Brighton, 2012’s event was held at Cardiff’s Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, leading up to 2014, when the Conference arrives in Aberdeen, Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) Power Distribution are co-hosting the Aberdeen event.
Paul Fidler, Director of Operations at ENA, said: “As we face the challenges of a complex and varied energy future, innovation has a major role to play in ensuring we maintain a safe, reliable and affordable supply. The LCN Fund Conference and our Smarter Networks Portal are vital to sharing the learning for the benefit of consumers. With its history in energy and its growth in renewables too, Aberdeen is an apt location to host this Conference.”
Stewart Reid, SSEPD’s Future Networks Manager, says that the company is excited to be hosting this year’s event: “We want our customers to receive the highest level of service possible, and we’re always looking at ways to improve the way we work and the technologies we use. SSEPD has already received vital funding from the LCNF for our innovative Northern Isles New Energy Solutions (NINES) project in Shetland and our Thames Valley Vision (TVV) project in southern England, and so we are proud to be hosting next year’s Conference in Aberdeen.”
Brian Horsburgh, AECC’s Managing Director, commented: “We are happy to welcome the LCNF Conference to Aberdeen, which has grown year on year and comes shortly after the Deep Offshore Technology Conference also bringing in over 1,000 visitors to the area in October next year.” Aberdeen City Council leader, and AECC board member Councillor Barney Crockett said: "Aberdeen is already known as Europe's energy capital, and is becoming increasingly well-known for its commitment to renewables and low carbon technologies.
"The Low Carbon Network Conference's arrival in Aberdeen is significant and reflects on the city's growing reputation as an all energy city. It provides good opportunities to network with other people and organisations in the low carbon and renewables sector; and to develop future joint projects.
"The conference also reflects well on the AECC, which has seen very strong business growth with increases in events such as this in recent times, while bringing welcome extra business to the city."