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EDITOR’S ARTICLE


LESSONS LEARNED


One valuable lesson learned right at the start of that process was the understanding that someone, somewhere, may have been there before. This may not have been in our particular professional area of expertise, however, it may have been in a similar area and that the work/knowledge, or at least the vast majority of that work/knowledge, may be transferrable.


Another invaluable lesson learned was that other people are more willing than you may think to help you in what you are trying to achieve…if you only ask them!


WE ARE AT A CROSSROADS


I have now spoken to so many people involved within this industry, to know that everyone, without exception, would be more than willing to learn from each other but we are not aware of any concerted effort to help us to do this at this time. We believe there is so much excitement about all the opportunities there are, that everyone has their heads down trying to reach their goals, that they do not have the time to look up and draw breath!


Speaking to one very influential figure, following the RenewableUK event in Glasgow in November 2010, the atmosphere surrounding the event was likened to a coiled spring and that this was very exciting, however there appeared to be no prepared managed response ready for the release of that energy... when it comes.


It is the policy of this publication to highlight concerns and not necessarily offer solutions, however, we would encourage the people who may be able to influence the industry as a whole to get together and come up with a strategy to follow... when the alarm does go off!


RESPONSIBILITIES


It is the responsibility of certain individuals and organisations to ensure the future of an industry and we would suggest the following should be involved.


UK ELECTED GOVERNMENT


The elected Government should take the lead in ensuring the future of the industry. The previous government made the commitment when in power. The present coalition government has already made commitments in various different ways, however, we have not heard of any management plan to help the industry progress in a controlled and efficient way. Perhaps it could be argued that it is not their responsibility to instigate this, but they must at least be involved to ensure industry success.


UK GOVERNMENT BODIES


These bodies exist to ensure continuity and cover issues relating specifically to the industry. Experts within these bodies can have great influence in ensuring progress and should therefore be involved in all long term decisions made within the industry.


INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS/ORGANISATIONS


It is the responsibility of such organisations to take the lead in ensuring that any opportunities which present themselves are fully exploited for the benefit of their members (those involved directly within the industry).


At the head of these organisations there typically exists a group (Board of Directors or Management/General Committee, dependant on its constitution) which is generally made up of elected or selected leaders from within the industry. This group makes decisions in the best interests of the industry as a whole and this would seem to be the best option when recommending policy for the future benefit of the industry.


Large organisations however sometimes get bogged down in policy and procedures and tend to become somewhat slow in response to industry opportunities which present themselves from time to time.


INDIVIDUALS


Throughout all professions there are those who are willing to stick their heads above the parapet and risk criticism of their opinions. We are fortunate that within our society this is generally welcomed and we reap the professional benefits. These individuals are, more often than not, passionate about what they believe in and can sometimes come across in an aggressive or even arrogant way so can alienate some individuals.


Progressive professional organisations however may recognise these individuals and request their involvement as they tend to have a broader outlook and thinking, which often improves the workings of what can often become an insular working group within a large organisation.


THEWAY FORWARD


As in all walks of life there is no one solution to any one problem and the answer is often a mixture of all – not easy to manage but usually the long term solution and therefore worth the initial effort to set up.


What is obvious therefore is to hold a meeting of the representatives of all the interested parties and through discussion set the policy for the future.


That is easy for us to say and can be very difficult to achieve. However now that we have said it, it may now become the focus for something to happen and we can all reap the professional benefits in the future.


Wind Energy NETWORK


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