Energy and Rural Business Show

6 - 7 February 2019
Telford International Centre, Shropshire

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  • The new event comes from the creators of ‘Energy Now Expo’ and for the first time showcased the latest renewable energy, farm diversification and low emission vehicle opportunities under one roof.

  • “The ELMs will be more collaborative and outcome-driven,” explained James. “It’s about deploying measures that deliver outcomes using the land managers skills in problem solving and appropriate technical advice and guidance with much mess prescriptiveness.”

  • In an industry first, BBC Top Gear’s new presenters will be filming an item for the forthcoming series involving three Electric Vehicles (EVs) at the Energy and Rural Business Show on Thursday 7 February.
  • The UK large scale solar park market is predicted to boom in 2019 as the cost of solar panels collapses and energy prices start to go back up again. This opens up the opportunity for farmers to encourage developers to install large scale solar parks of 20-50MWs on their land.

  • Minette Batters has expressed a need for ‘free and frictionless’ trading relationships with 500 million people in the EU, on BBC Farming Today, underlining that preparing for a potential no-deal Brexi ...
  • Energy Storage is poised for significant growth in the UK due to a resurgence in confidence for renewable energy, making it the cheapest most sustainable power available. Opportunities in energy storage are aplenty, but farmers are being urged to source sound advice, as there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.
  • A new Payment by Results (PBR) scheme, spearheaded by Defra, will be the first Environmental Land Management (ELM) initiative directly funded by the UK and will mean that in future, farmers will be incentivised to earn more money by providing environmental benefits on their land.

  • This week the government confirmed that the export tariff will close to new applicants at the same time as the generation tariff, reports Liam Stocker editor from the Solar Power Portal.

  • 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.

'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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