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Farm Energy Event 2012 Cancelled

The Farm Energy Event 2012, planned to take place on Tuesday 4th December has been cancelled.

With ever-rising fuel and energy costs farmers are looking to identify ways to control costs and manage energy use. The Farm Energy Event, due to take place at the Newark Showground, was intended to offer an ideal way to gain sensible, impartial and practical advice on how renewable energy systems can deliver savings and generate returns.

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Uncertainty of future government support for alternative energy schemes has led to a poor response from potential exhibitors. Many are seeking more clarity before committing to marketing ventures, says Andrew Newbold of event organiser FarmSmart.

However, while the event will not go ahead in 2012, FarmSmart remains convinced that this is an area of strong interest amongst farmers.

“We will continue to liaise closely with existing and potential exhibitors with a view to organising an event during the autumn of 2013. With energy costs continuing to rise, there is no doubt that this will remain an important topic for many farm businesses who are often well-suited to local generation from renewable sources,” said Mr Newbold.

The event was to be aimed solely at the agricultural sector, catering specifically for those looking at farm-scale projects. Alongside an extensive exhibition of equipment and services was to be a full seminar programme, which was included in the entry price. Expert speakers were to explain how farmers and landowners can select the most appropriate system to suit their business as well as the various finance options.

“Generating renewable energy not only saves money, but also has the potential to produce additional income,” says Andrew Newbold of event organiser FarmSmart Events. “On-farm generation is one of the few ways a farm business can reduce its carbon footprint. For example, a 50kW system will cut carbon emissions by about 23t of carbon dioxide equivalent a year. This is becoming increasingly important for many farms, particularly those dealing with leading retailers

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