AREG looks forward to another year in the renewables industry with enthusiasm. As with every other year we are aware there will be opportunities and successes but also challenges and risks.

In the last year, Aberdeen has continued to develop and consolidate its position as a globally competitive energy capital in terms of supply chain and UK and international markets. It is encouraging, for example, that pre-construction work has started on the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, Statoil’s floating wind farm, the Beatrice offshore wind farm and that the Kincardine floating wind project was recently consented.

Many members are facing certain challenges as you endeavour to win renewable energy business. There are continuing challenges regarding support mechanisms and certainty of development however some of the challenges are the same as they have always been.

These include consenting and development timescales, improving engineering and technology solutions, finance and grid access and connections. If the renewable energy technologies are to prosper these challenges still need to be addressed and that will require action by all interested parties: government, regulators, industry, technology developers and financiers.

In this context, AREG will continue to play its part by informing and promoting our membership and by continuing our lobbying, promotion, intervention, influence and communication activities. We will also continue to work closely with Aberdeen City Council to develop new events tailored to our members’ very broad spectrum of needs, specialities and interest.

These events will feature the best market intelligence and information available, highlighting diversification opportunities and assisting members to forge new relationships and explore new markets and development opportunities.

We are proud to be working on your behalf, to realise the economic potential of the renewable energy industries in Aberdeen City and Shire.