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Minister of State for Energy announced as keynote speaker for Ecoislands Global Summit

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The inaugural Ecoislands Global Summit, held in October on the Isle of Wight, will unite island and regional communities from around the world on a journey to achieving sustainability by 2030.

The Minister of State for Energy, John Hayes, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker.

He will lead an impressive line up of speakers at the Ecoislands Global Summit 2012 including:

David Stubbs, Head of Sustainability for the London 2012 Games

Andy Stanford-Clark, Master Inventor and CTO of IBM Smarter Energy

Patrick Razavet, Director of Utilities and Smart at Cable&Wireless Worldwide 

Paul Brodrick, Business Development Director, Utilities at Cable&Wireless Worldwide

Charles Farley, National Development Director at Scottish and Southern Energy 

Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power 

Jay Chinnadorai, Managing Director of Sumtotal

Will King, CEO of The King of Shaves Company

Mark Bradbury, Former Director at the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation

The newly appointed Minister of State for Energy, John Hayes, has today been announced as keynote speaker for the Ecoislands Global Summit 2012. The summit is a major new international event, held this year on the Isle of Wight, that will see island and regional communities from around the world unite on a journey to sustainability.

The Minister will be joined by David Stubbs, Head of Sustainability for the London 2012 Games, who will comment on sustainable development, regeneration and community engagement. Mr Stubbs described Ecoislands as “an exciting opportunity to demonstrate sustainability at a regional scale that I hope will prove to be an inspiration for others to develop similar initiatives”.

They will lead an impressive line-up of industry speakers representing leading technology companies involved with the flagship Ecoislands’ project to make the Isle of Wight renewable energy self-sufficient by 2020 and sustainable by 2030.

Technology speakers will focus on plans to develop a virtual power plant (VPP) on the island that will integrate renewable and existing generation assets with demand side resources to create an energy balancing system. The VPP will not only allow islands to meet self-sufficiency targets but will guarantee security of supply and enable communities to benefit from optimised energy infrastructure.

There will be a particular focus on the role of smart grid, with talks from industry leaders IBM and Cable&Wireless Worldwide. Andy Stanford-Clark, Master Inventor and CTO of IBM Smarter Energy, who is himself a resident of the island, will be speaking about intelligence infrastructure. “Ecoislands and IBM have joined forces alongside other partners to help create a vision which will ultimately make the world work better. This is a huge challenge which starts by helping the Isle of Wight make smarter use of its energy “ said Mr Stanford-Clark. “By using advanced technologies to integrate and analyse data from the Island’s future renewable generation and demand management systems, Ecoislands aims to secure energy self-sufficiency and set a precedent for what could be achieved by other eco-regions around the world.”

Patrick Razavet, Director of Utilities and Smart at Cable&Wireless Worldwide, will be discussing the role of smart grids in sustainable communities.“EcoIslands throws down the gauntlet to everyone in the UK and beyond”, explained Mr Razavet. “Delivering enabling communications technologies, smart meters, sensors for photovoltaic cells, and distribution automation, over a pervasive networking infrastructure everywhere will demonstrate what a ‘Smart Grid’ and a ‘Smart Community’ really look and feel like”.

They will be joined by Paul Brodrick, Chairman of the Ecoislands Technical Design Authority and Business Development Director, Utilities at Cable & Wireless who will be discussing the integration of technologies on the island. “As we move towards a world of community energy the integration of different technologies underpinned by mission critical communications is vital for the successful delivery of new services to consumers”, explained Mr Brodrick.

Community energy will also be a key theme. Charles Farley, National Development Director at Scottish and Southern Energy will speak about the role of SSE as Ecoislands’ national energy partner. Last month SSE and Ecoislands launched a pioneering community energy scheme that will enable islanders to reduce energy costs and invest in sustainable community projects.

Dr Graham Cooley, CEO of energy storage and clean fuel company ITM Power, will be speaking about sustainable transport plans for the island. He will also be sharing updates on the £4.6m Technology Strategy Board project ITM are leading that will see the Isle of Wight become a testbed for hydrogen fuel. Mr Cooley described Ecoislands as: “A prototype; a blueprint; a laboratory. But most importantly a group of likeminded advocates with a vision.”

“I am delighted that the vision of sustainability which has been seeded in the hearts and minds of the people of the Isle of Wight is now coming to fruition”, explained Ecoislands Founder and Chief Executive, David Green, who will open the summit. “I am thrilled that so many other islands and regions have chosen to join us on this auspicious day as we aim to sign the Ecoislands Accord and start seeding our vision to other parts of the world. Together we aim to save our world, one island at a time”.

 

Further speakers include:

Jay Chinnadorai, Managing Director of Sumtotal, a strategy and technology solutions company, who will examine customer engagement with utilities. Commenting on the Ecoislands project, Mr Chinnadorai said: “Initiatives such as Ecoislands can not only increase consumer engagement with their energy suppliers but also maintain the enhanced level of interest through innovative schemes”.

Founder and CEO of The King of Shaves Company, Will King, who conceived of Ecoislands’ highly successful ‘GREENback scheme’ that incentivises islanders to buy local and support the green economy. Mr King will be discussing the benefits renewable technologies and sustainability measures offer to local economies and entrepreneurs. Mr King said he was “delighted our brand can play a small part alongside others to bring a sustainable future closer to reality”. 

Mark Bradbury, formerly a Director at the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, will be speaking about the role of waste and resources management in generating energy and economic growth. “The EcoIslands project is showing just what can be achieve when strong and innovative leadership brings the strengths of companies and communities together to achieve a common purpose”, said Mr Bradbury. “I have no doubt that our children will look back on this project as one of global significance that helped to change the way we look at economic, social and environmental sustainability.”

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