Agenda

Agenda

Wednesday 10th November 2021

All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

9:00 am
9:10 am
Keynote

Organiser’s Welcome Keynote Presentation

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9:10 am
9:20 am
Keynote

Headline Sponsor’s Welcome - UL

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  • Gill Howard, Global Director, Renewable Advisory Services, UL
9:20 am
10:05 am
Panel

Panel Discussion - Onshore wind in the Americas

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This discussion focuses on the most important issues for onshore wind companies in North America. These include new renewables targets from the US federal government; new hope for the wind production tax credit; and the battle to buy attractive assets as institutions and utilities seek to grow fast. And there’s also the ever-thorny issue of transmission.

Speakers:

  • Sandhya Ganapathy, Global Head of Investments and M&A, EDPR
  • Michael Pantelogianis, Co-Head of Power & Infrastructure US, EU and UK, Investec
  • Gabriel Alonso, CEO & President, 547 Energy LLC
  • Susan Nickey, Executive Vice President & Chief Client Officer, Hannon Armstrong


10:05 am
10:30 am
Fireside Chat

Fireside Chat / Interview – Repowering strategies

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This session will look at the growing market for repowering wind farms in the US. What are the emerging best practices for repowering in the US? How can firms find opportunities for repowering that their rivals have missed? We look at this emerging investment opportunity?

10:30 am
10:55 am
Fireside Chat

Fireside Chat – Transmission Impossible

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This session will tackle questions related to problems with the transmission network:

  • How are transmission problems hampering investment?
  • How can companies tackle problems with transmission?
  • What impact is this having on the siting of new projects?
  • Will energy storage help with the management of these grid issues?


10:55 am
11:25 am
Networking

Networking coffee break & Roundtable

In partnership with Pierce Atwood LLP
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States of Play: Overcoming state-level challenges to US offshore wind construction

In this discussion, we focus on the state-level challenges that utilities, developers, contractors and other stakeholders need to overcome to successfully build US offshore wind farms and a thriving US offshore wind industry. These include regulatory hurdles, permitting, supply chain, contractual issues, and skills. Potential questions include:

  • Which are the most common obstacles to US offshore wind companies getting 'steel in the water'?
  • Which states are making the most progress on removing those obstacles? Which need to catch up?
  • How big are the differences that you see between states in the appetite of politicians for offshore wind?
  • Are bullish LCOEs in US offshore tenders putting pressure on how risks are allocated in contracts? (i.e. if margins are slimmer, that adds pressure in the supply chain)
  • Should the progress that Vineyard Wind is making through the permitting process give confidence to the developers and contractors at other offshore wind projects

Speakers:

  • Richard (Rick) Nova, Partner, Pierce Atwood [co-moderator]
  • Katherine (Katie) Kohm, Partner, Pierce Atwood [co-moderator]


11:25 am
12:10 pm
Panel

Panel Discussion - Offshore wind in the Americas

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This discussion focuses on the emerging offshore wind sector in the US and elsewhere in the Americas, which has taken a huge leap forward in 2021 because of the approval of Vineyard Wind; ambitious policies at federal and state level; and new areas opening up.

Speakers:

  • Jude N. Leblanc, Partner, McGuire Woods
  • Joris Veldhoven, Commercial and Finance Director, Atlantic Shores
  • Álvaro Ortega, Chief Financial Officer, Vineyard Wind
  • Glenn Dumigan, CFO US, RWE Renewables Americas
12:10 pm
12:35 pm
Fireside Chat

Fireside Chat – Floating offshore wind: What challenges and opportunities in the West Coast?

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In this session, we’ll be answering questions such as:

  • What challenges are unique to the US market? 
  • What lessons can be imported from other floating markets? 
  • How much experience can companies draw from US supply chain and energy experience?
12:35 pm
12:50 pm
Fireside Chat

WindTech Hub - Interview

In partnership with ONYX InSight
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12:50 pm
1:50 pm
Networking

Networking lunch break

In partnership with Lockton Companies
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Energy Storage Symposium

How to add storage to your renewables portfolio

Energy storage is becoming a big business for wind and solar operators and investors. More companies are adding standalone and hybrid storage projects to their portfolios or looking to do so. How can they do this most effectively? And what are the biggest financial and technical risks in diversifying renewables portfolios with storage? In this webinar, we’ll be joined by a panel of experts to answer questions such as:

  • What portfolio diversification opportunities do storage assets offer?
  • Which are the most effective ways to add storage to asset portfolios?
  • What are the biggest risks you need to manage when financing these projects and how to mitigate them?
  • What needs to happen in order to facilitate greater investment support for energy storage projects in the next 12-24 months?

2:00 pm
2:30 pm
Fireside Chat

Fireside Chat / Interview – Corporate PPAs

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Companies announced almost 12GW of corporate PPAs in US wind and solar in 2020, which was a drop from over 14GW agreed in 2019. In this session, we will look whether 2020 was a blip; the importance of US corporations to PPAs globally; and other off-take strategies.

Speakers:

  • Sebastian Kurian, Senior Counsel, Data Centers, Clean Energy, Google
  • Scott Macmurdo, Director of Commercial Renewable Sales, Duke Energy
2:30 pm
2:50 pm
Keynote

Keynote presentation / Interview

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2:50 pm
3:10 pm
Networking

Networking Tea Break

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3:10 pm
3:25 pm

WindTech Hub - Interview

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3:25 pm
4:10 pm
Panel

Panel Discussion – Power-to-X Strategies

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We use our final session of the day to look at the power-to-x technologies that companies in wind in North America need to factor into their plans, from batteries to green hydrogen.

Speakers:

  • Ravina Advani, Head of Energy Natural Resources & Renewables, BNP Paribas
  • Shalini Ramanathan​, Director of Origination, Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners
4:20 pm
4:25 pm
Other

Closing Remarks

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4:25 pm
4:25 pm
Other

Event ends

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