This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.


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!


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92