Bird & Bird are pleased to be the "International Law Partner" for the Powering Middle East Summit held in Amman, Jordan on 17th and 18th of September. The summit, which is run in partnership with the Arab Renewable Energy Commission (AREC), aims to develop partnerships between MENA renewable energy stakeholders across the private sector and ten Middle Eastern regions including Turkey, Bahrain, Jordan and the UAE to help forward projects in the region.
Our participation ensures that the summit remains a strategic meeting for delegates to overcome legislative uncertainties hampering the development of renewable energy projects. As ‘International Law Partner’ we will help shape the summit agenda to include issues around solar and wind energy feed-in-tariffs, the unbundling of European Energy Supplies and the usage of ‘Carbon Credits’.
Andrew Renton, Partner at our International Energy and Utilities Sector Group, said: “We are delighted to be involved in the Powering Middle East Summit as its ‘International Law Partner’. The Summit represents a fantastic opportunity to spearhead new innovation and projects in the region by helping delegates overcome some of the legislative uncertainties which are restricting project implementation.”
“Local authorities, particularly in Jordan, are now setting out attractive incentives to help advance green energy projects. We hope to help companies and innovators looking to build new relationships in this sector capitalise on opportunities that are available to them.”
The summit has gained strong representation from the solar, wind and hydro power industries. The summit's 'Agenda Advisory Board', which brings together senior level stakeholders in the MENA renewable energy sector, ensures that the programme addresses the most current issues facing developers in the region, both locally and internationally. Board members include Gus Schellekins (PwC Sustainability& Climate Change), Robert Flaechsig (advisor to the Saudi Arabian government), Kishan Khoday (Regional Practice Leader for Environment & Energy at United Nations Development Program) and H.E Khaldon Khashman (Secretary General for ACWUA). HRH Prince Asem Bin Nayef of Jordan will host the summit to highlight the importance of the agenda to Jordan.
Renewable energy innovators in attendance include Vestas, SunEdison, AustrianSolar, FirstSolar, Conergy, Eversheds, and JinkoSolar. There are a number of industry bodies and associations supporting the summit from across the MENA region, these include MESIA, The Clean Energy Business Council, Solar GCC Alliance, IRENA and ACWUA.
Registration for the Powering Middle East Summit will be closing at the end of August. To register organisations can visit www.ese-power.com/register or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
**There are a limited number of media passes available for the Jordan Summit. To register or to secure comment from any of our participants, please email email@example.com
About the Powering Middle East Summit:
The Powering Middle East Summit, facilitated by international industry consultant ‘eSE’, takes place to identify RE industry challenges that can be resolved through implementation of latest innovative technology to improve electrification across the region.
Implementation and integration of the latest innovative solutions is key for the improvement of service delivery and the Summit provides a platform for Government Policy Makers, National Utilities and Municipal Officials to meet with industry leading vendors who can provide the latest solutions and services to resolve specific challenges facing renewable energy usage across the ME.
As this Summit is very different to the large conferences and trade shows in the region, each year the Summit brings together 125 of the leading stakeholders from across the Middle East region, including Government Ministers, Heads of National Utilities & Regulators, Investment Banks and Private Vendors. Bringing together these leading delegates allows us to establish areas for development and identify the suitable partnerships that will resolve the issues.
AREC is a non-profit nongovernment Commission that is concerned with renewable energy in the Arab world. It consists of a good number of members representing several Arab countries. It was founded in 2011 in Amman- Jordan and honoured to be chaired by HRH Prince Asem bin Nayef.
AREC's mission is to encourage the use of clean renewable energy in the Arab world effectively, disseminating awareness, motivating investments in this field due to its positive revenue on all Arab countries.
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