Caitlin in running for award

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photo: Colin KeldieThe European Marine Energy Centre’s consents and project officer, Caitlin Long, has been shortlisted for a Scottish Renewables Young Professionals Green Energy Award.

Run by Scottish Renewables, the awards recognise the contribution being made by the next generation of thinkers, shapers and decision makers in the renewable energy sector.

Caitlin is in the running for the Academic Award, given each year to a talented graduate or student who has delivered exceptional work on a project or course.

She joined EMEC in 2014, having graduated with an MSc in Marine Renewable Energy from the International Centre for Island Technologies, Heriot Watt University’s Orkney Campus.

Since then she has worked tirelessly to streamline the consenting process for marine energy developers.

Caitlin has worked closely with one wave (Wello) and four tidal developers (Scotrenewables, Sustainable Marine Energy, Tocardo and Nautricity), guiding them through the process to ensure that all the necessary licences and consents are in place for their technologies to be installed at EMEC’s sites.

Supporting her nomination, Tocardo project development manager Nikki Meek said: “Caitlin has been a fantastic support to us in achieving our recent marine licence to deploy at EMEC.

“Her knowledge of the consenting regime in Scotland is exceptional and the relationships and respect that she has built up with the regulator and various stakeholders has been invaluable in assisting us in securing our consent in a tight timescale.

“Caitlin has a professional approach to dealing with both the developer and stakeholders. She has a good ability to understand the developer's requirements and a pragmatic approach to achieving consents.”

Caitlin added: “It’s an honour to be nominated for this award. Gaining the necessary licences and consents is a relatively unseen, but essential, part of the process of developing marine energy devices, so having this work recognised is most welcome.

“I love working with the many developers who wish to test their devices at EMEC, and facilitating their business relations with the various licensing authorities and stakeholders. It is a privilege working with some very inspirational people with exciting projects, and I’m delighted that they value the support I give them in getting their technologies into the water.”

Caitlin will find out if she has won the ‘Academic Award’ on Thursday 25 May at the Glasgow Science Centre when she attends this year’s Young Professionals Green Energy Awards.

Information on the awards, and the full list of all shortlisted nominees, here.

Contact Information

c/o Maureen Shearer, Development Manager, HIE, 14 Queen Street, Kirkwall
KW15 1JE Scotland

T: 01856888710