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Green energy conference to be hosted in Wales

The Green Power Forum (GPF) has unveiled plans for a UK-wide green energy training and networking forum to be held in North Wales in June.
The green energy conference will offer advice on renewable technology, and will be held at the brand new Energy and Fabrication Centre at Coleg Menai in Llangefni, Anglesey on 30 June 2011.

The GPF Wales is a joint initiative between GPF, heat pump manufacturer Stiebel Eltron, Anglesey Energy Island and Linc Menai, a new services and training provider delivered by Coleg Menai, to create an event that will appeal to both the public and private sector.

Commenting on the inaugural Welsh conference, GPF chairman Mark McManus said: 'The Green Power Forum has a proven track record of delivering conferences which offer training in the latest microgeneration technologies. GPF events attract high profile speakers and provide advice on installation and finance to both the public and private sector.'

He continued: 'GPF events attract large numbers of Welsh delegates and it was an obvious move to host a conference in Wales which is tailored to the Welsh green agenda.'

Dafydd Evans, principal of the new £6 million Energy and Fabrication Centre at Coleg Menai, said: 'The Green Power Forum is the first green energy conference to be held at our brand new Energy and Fabrication Centre. The centre will offer training and education facilities for people to work in the increasingly important energy sector. GPF will provide us with an opportunity to showcase the new centre to Welsh businesses and also discuss the technologies Wales should be focusing on.'

Sasha Wynn Davies, programme director for the Anglesey Energy Island, said 'Anglesey Energy Island's vision is to create a world renowned centre of excellence for research and development, production and servicing of low carbon energy. A third of all energy usage is taken up by heating, more energy therefore needs to come from low carbon power. Wales's housing stock currently has a relatively poor energy performance. There are a large number of solid wall homes and many rural properties are dependent on oil or petroleum gas for central heating. Tackling this backlog of hard to heat homes will create jobs and simulate business. Green Power Forum Wales will address key areas which will help us achieve this goal. This includes energy efficiency and micro generation, skills and knowledge and supply chain management.'

GPF Wales will be relevant to facilities managers, energy managers, local authorities, housing associations, architects, installers and designers. All attending delegates will receive six hours of CPD accreditation. Presentations will be made by representatives of the green supply chain, from architects and installers to manufacturers who produce technology suited to off gas areas. The programme will also feature case studies of organisations which have successfully deployed the technology, resulting in job creation for the region.

For further details on the event visit: www.greenpowerforum.org.uk Tickets are priced at £35 and are available from Artemis Media on 0151 666 5777. The GPF intends to launch a series of smaller events across the country. Its website will provide regular advice, updates and e-newsletters on all key issues addressed at the conference.
19 April 2011

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