Renewable Energy Department at Bruce Stevenson

Two days within the Renewable Energy Department at Bruce Stevenson are very rarely the same.  Whilst we are insurance brokers at heart, our team is very much within the Renewables sector as well.  In fact, we estimate that only 20% of our time is spent actually placing insurance.  The remainder of the time we are engaged in the Renewables sector and learning the marketplace.  From seminars to site visits, and even a perfume making class, here is a typical month in the life of our renewable energy department.

To understand the renewables sector, you have to be part of it.  That’s why we try to attend as many events as possible.  It’s great to find out where the market is going and understand new developments, but it’s also a good chance to catch up with clients.  Bruce Stevenson are members and advisors to Scottish Renewables, an organisation who leads and promotes the growth of renewable energy in Scotland.

One of the best parts of our job is getting out and meeting clients.  Whilst email and phone is a great way of keeping in touch, nothing beats face to face and getting out on site, and because most of our projects are in rural locations, we get to see some of the most beautiful sights in Scotland.  Our in-house Technical Consultant, Gary Bratt, carries out most of our site visits.  He is an Engineer to trade, with a post-grad in Renewable Energy.  As we said before, the better we understand the technology, the better the insurance we place, and Gary helps us with a lot of this.

Gary and our Director, Derek Skinner, carried out a site visit to one of our client’s anaerobic digestion plants.  This project is 6MW in size – so pretty big!  Anaerobic digestion works by converting food waste to energy by breaking it down until gas is produced.  This site was interesting because there are a number of smaller sites connected to it which makes placing the insurance that little bit more complex.

Despite our busy schedules, we still make time for team building with the insurers, solicitors and banks we work with.  We recently attended a perfume making class where everyone got the opportunity to make their own scent and take a sample home with them.  This was followed by dinner and a few drinks.  Days out like this are a good chance to catch up with other in the renewables sector to find out what’s happening and is a good opportunity to strengthen our working relationships which ultimately means we work better for our clients.

If you have any queries regarding Renewable Energy insurance please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Turriff Show 2016

The 152nd annual Turriff Show in Aberdeenshire on Sunday 31st July and Monday 1st August.  The show is shaping up to be one of the best yet with a fantastic showcase of agricultural and outdoor excellence with over 200 traders, lively competitions and a packed programme of shows.

Jean Arnott-Glennie our Farms and Estates Account Executive will be attending this leading farming and agricultural show once again with Nick Smith and Maria Casey from our Renewable Energy team.

Last year Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers won second place in the best trade stand category so we’re gearing up for this year’s competition!

As experts in protecting the rural sector, our specialist team understands the many issues facing farmers and the agricultural sector.  We offer bespoke insurance cover to protect all your personal and business assets, needs and activities.

Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers is also recognised as the leading insurance broker to the renewable energy sector with over 20 years’ experience.  There is a significant drop predicted in new build wind, hydro and solar projects but we have ensured we are best placed to provide cover for future technologies – Wave and Tidal, CHP and Energy Storage.

Come along and visit us at our stand and enter our prize draw to win a bottle of malt. We’ll be serving complimentary refreshments throughout and our experts will be on hand to answer any questions.

For further information on our products and services please email Jean Arnott-Glennie or Derek Skinner 

Bruce Stevenson colleagues to ride in The Hiscox Tourmalet Challenge

“The Hiscox Tourmalet Challenge takes place on the 8th July 2016 in the Pyrenees mountains of southern France to raise monies for a number of charities. A team of brokers and Hiscox staff will cycle Stage 8 of the 2016 Tour de France the day before the professionals and Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers will be represented on this epic ride by Derek Skinner and Gary Bratt, both of whom are accomplished cyclists and eager to accept the challenge.

The punishing 147.5km route from Lourdes to Bagnères-de-Luchon (the professionals will start in Pau, covering 183km with the additional 33.5km coming on flat roads before arriving at the mountains) includes four large mountain climbs, including the iconic Col du Tourmalet which tops out at 2115m.

The team’s aim (apart from conquering the four climbs on the route) is to raise a total of £25,000 for charity. Each member of the team will choose a charity for which he or she will raise funds. To donate, please go to the following JustGiving  page and sponsor the riders for a worthy cause.”

Scottish Renewables Annual Conference

The Renewable Energy team at Bruce Stevenson are co-sponsoring and attending the Scottish Renewables Annual Conference  at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa on 1 and 2 March.  Renewable Energy Director, Derek Skinner and his colleagues, Stuart MacLeod, Roni Napier, Nick Smith and Gary Bratt will be there over the 2 days to meet clients and hear some great speakers.


Renewable Energy Department Launches Claims Assist Product

Over the past 5 years, the Renewable Energy team have successfully managed over 60 claims and payments in excess of £5m.  Similarly to the overall Bruce Stevenson commercial claims assist offering, we are launching a product for complex material damage and/or business interruption claims.  The service applies to claims over £25,000 in value when a professionally registered loss assessor will be personally assigned to investigate, negotiate and achieve the best possible settlement for our clients.  Derek Skinner, Director for Renewable Energy explained,

“Very occasionally a client needs a loss assessor to review complex matters on their behalf.  This can be expensive, so we have introduced this offering at a very low cost that we will recommend to our clients in this area.  Most wind farms will be only £250 per year or less, which in relation to the average loss of revenue claim is insignificant.”

Areas where the loss assessor will intervene on a claim are, but not limited to:

  • In the possible event of wording interpretation
  • Disputes with insurers and their appointed loss adjuster
  • Contractual related issues with suppliers
  • Contractual warranties and conditions

If you would like further details regarding our claims assist product please contact Derek Skinner on 0141 354 2893 or email [email protected]


Ill winds a risky business for community renewables sector

?Article recently published by Community Energy Scotland.

An example of the impact of weather-related risk occurred in Orkney in December 2014. There were more than 100 lightning strikes an hour at times, which resulted in tens of thousands of domestic properties left without power. This placed immense pressure on the utility companies to reinstate services.

To read the full article, please visit Community Energy Scotland.

Insurance Age – specialist lines virtual event

Derek Skinner, our Renewable Energy Director discusses the challenges and opportunities within the green economy for insurance brokers with Emmanuel Kenning, Editor of Insurance Age.  Part of Insurance Age’s specialist lines virtual event today.

Click here to watch the video.

To see more of today’s virtual event, please visit Insurance Age.


Scottish Annual Renewables Conference

Great day so far at the conference catching up with clients and meeting some new ones.  We’re here again tomorrow so pop in and see us at the EICC!

Forthcoming exhibitions

Our renewable energy team will be exhibiting at 2 key conferences in the energy calendar.

The Scottish Annual Renewables Conference – we are exhibiting at this on 24 and 25 March at the EICC.  Come and see us at Stand 41 where Renewable Energy Director Derek Skinner and Account Executive Stuart MacLeod will be delighted to see you and discuss any insurance requirements or queries you may have.

In addition we will be exhibiting at All Energy 2015 at the SECC on 6 & 7 May.  Further details on this event will follow.


An Ill wind?

Derek Skinner, our Renewable Energy Director, recently contributed to this great article in Post magazine.

Any questions or comments?  Please email [email protected]