Energy and Rural Business Show

6 - 7 February 2019
Telford International Centre, Shropshire

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  • Farmers operating AD plants can now viably maximise biomethane production, benefitting from the highest Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariff and “top up” with additional Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) payments, as part of a government incentivised policy for decarbonising the transport sector.
  • One in five UK farmers plan to diversify to make farmers financially sustainable without direct subsidies after the UK leaves the EU, new research has revealed.
  • Water is an increasingly expensive resource that is easily influenced by infrastructure and climate, often leaving farmers and landowners with a costly, inadequate supply that is restricted in times of good weather. Many agricultural businesses are seeing mains water bills go up and borehole water supplies may the answer to this problem, according to Sam Ellison, sales manager from Dragon Drilling.
  • It’s estimated that the global ground source heating market will be worth a billion pounds by 2020, and uptake in the UK is in line with the forecast, as more farmers turn to the systems which transfer renewable heat and cooling from the ground.

  • We’re over the moon to have some top speakers already confirmed for Energy & Rural Business taking place next February 6th and 7th in Telford.

  • Farms could become key players in the generation, storage and supply of renewable transport electricity and fuel in rural areas, as well as supplying decentralised power networks, according to a new study of the opportunities and challenges of ‘vehicle to grid’ (V2G) technologies on farms and in other rural business and community situations.
  • The Energy and Rural Business Show is a pioneering event which comes from the creators of The Energy Now Expo. It will showcase the latest opportunities for farms both now and in the future and is designed for farmers, landowners and rural businesses looking to maximise profitable and sustainable land use.

  • An 'energy revolution' is being predicted for the UK over the next decade, as farmers and landowners look to invest in energy storage technology.

  • The Welsh Government believes farmers and landowners working closely with communities will be crucial to helping the country achieve its ambitious carbon reduction targets.

  • Farmers play 'significant part'in decarbonisation of UK : Investment in clean technology is a key part of decarbonisation.
  • The agricultural sector is used to a change, however, understanding what impact the recent changes in the agri-renewables sector will have, and whether investment in renewable energy is still a practical, viable option for farmers, often isn't clear.

  • Despite the ongoing Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) digression, there are still viable options available for poultry farmers wishing to diversify into renewable energy, David Jacobmeyer, director of the Energy Now Expo explains.
  • The Scottish Government has set ambitious targets to reduce total greenhouse gas emissions by 66% by 2032, which could present an opportunity for Scottish farmers and landowners to adopt new low-emission technologies.

  • Despite the recent Government budget stating that there will be no new subsidy support for electricity generation projects until 2025, on-farm renewable energy remains a viable diversification option for many.
  • The Energy Now Expo will be returning to Telford, Shropshire, on 7 and 8 February 2018 for its ninth year, and farmers and landowners across the UK are being urged to save the date.

  • As the renewable energy industry develops, farmers and landowners who want to find out how investment in this technology stacks-up financially, are being encouraged to visit the Energy Now Expo on 7 and 8 February 2018.

  • Energy storage and ‘behind the meter’ optimisation are the new buzz words for farmers wanting to get the most from renewable energy initiatives as the industry matures, say experts.

  • Welsh commitment to the renewable energy sector debated at leading agricultural event.

    In December 2016, the Welsh Government set out ambitions for Wales to become a nation renowned for clean energy, taking advantage of many opportunities Wales has to deliver secure and affordable low carbon energy.* 

  • The effect of Brexit on the UK's renewable and low carbon energy policy will be outlined by the Rt Hon. John Gummer, Lord Deben - chairman of the committee on climate change, at the Energy Now Expo next February 8 & 9 2017.

  • Farmers and landowners who have invested in an efficient and financially sound renewable energy scheme that’s been operational for 12 months or more, should enter the Energy Now Awards 2017.

    To be in with a chance of winning £500, apply online: www.energynowexpo.co.uk/award .The window for entries is short, so don’t delay. The final deadline for submissions is 9 December.

  • Eleven groups in Bristol have been offered a total of £58,132 to undertake a range of energy projects in local communities.

    The grants are being awarded by Bristol City Council through its Bristol Community Energy Fund – an initiative which encourages local solutions to community-specific energy challenges.

  • The development of regulatory frameworks is key to boosting renewables, according to industry leaders at the 23rd World Energy Congress.
  • The UK needs to take concrete action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions given its commitment to the Paris Agreement. The vote to leave the EU does not affect the need for action now, believes the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).
  • The UK government’s own projections expect solar and wind power to be cheaper than nuclear power by the time Hinkley Point C is completed.*

    Renewable energy has been a real success story over the past six years supported through the Renewables obligation, Feed in Tariff and RHI. As the renewables sector matures, the expectation has always been that the support mechanisms would taper away and renewables would stand on its own two feet.

'The strength of your show is attracting land owners interested in investing their own money in some form of energy diversification. They are very likely to be the decision makers and they are almost always very well informed about a whole range of technologies. They are full of market information. They are happy to ask about our products and talk about others that they know. They are also very community minded and will reliably deliver ‘good ideas’ to others. For these reasons they are exactly the visitors we want.'

CHRIS DAKIN
Gas Data Ltd

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