Agenda

A Tale of two markets

20 May 2021

We are seeing a divergence between the fortunes of the offshore wind and onshore wind markets in Europe.

In offshore wind, we have seen a string of exciting developments in 2020 and 2021. Multi-gigawatt projects are reaching financial close, emerging markets are opening up, turbines are growing, and oil giants are moving in. It is a time of great optimism.

In onshore wind, however, the future is less clear. The market is active – turbines of 8.2GW were ordered onshore in 2020 – but more must be done if onshore wind is to be a key part of Europe’s ‘green recovery’ from the Covid-19 crisis. Developers and investors are facing tortuous permitting processes and uncertain growth pipelines.

In Financing Wind Europe 2021, we will talk to the leading players in European wind to find out the strengths and weaknesses of the industry in the post-Covid world.

9:00 am
9:30 am
Networking

Breakfast Networking - Roundtable: Wind investment trends

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9:30 am
9:40 am
Keynote

Organiser’s Welcome Keynote Presentation

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9:40 am
9:50 am
Keynote

FWEU Headline Sponsor’s Welcome Keynote Presentation

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Christos Kolliatsas, Global Director, Offshore Wind at UL

Financing Wind Europe in association with UL
9:50 am
10:35 am
Panel

Panel Discussion: Onshore wind in Europe

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This discussion focuses on the prospects for wind investors in Europe as they seek to take advantage of green recovery policies while facing challenges with permitting and project profitability.

Key questions are likely to include:

  • How can we ensure onshore wind is central to Europe’s green recovery?
  • What is the best that wind companies can expect from the COP26 talks?
  • Are tortuous permitting processes the biggest problem for wind investors?
  • Which are the most exciting markets for investors in the next three years?
  • How can investors unlock more value from projects in a squeezed market?
10:35 am
10:45 am
Awards

Wind Investment Awards Headline Sponsor’s Welcome

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Wind Investment Awawrds in association with Vestas
10:45 am
10:55 am
Awards

Wind Investment Awards Presentations

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Investor of the Year
Financial Innovation Award
Financial Advisory of the Year

10:55 am
11:25 am
Fireside Chat

Fireside Chat: Institutional investment

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This discussion will look at how institutional investors in the wind industry in Europe will need to change strategy over the next 3-5 years in response to trends we have seen since the start of the Covid-19 crisis.

Key questions are likely to include:

  • How will a potential influx of oil giants influence project finance strategies?
  • Is the composition of investors in wind changing as project risks reduce?
  • Will growing appetite for renewables drive a fresh wave of corporate M&A?
11:25 am
11:35 am
Awards

Wind Investment Awards Presentations

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Lender of the Year
Onshore Deal of the Year

11:35 am
12:05 pm
Networking

Networking Coffee Break – Roundtable: Unlocking inward investment: What does European wind need to do to attract more investment from overseas?

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Sponsored by DLA Piper:

Natasha Luther-Jones, Global Co-Chair of Energy and Natural Resources
International Co-Head, Sustainability and ESG

12:05 pm
12:15 pm
Awards

Wind Investment Awards Presentations

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Technical Advisory of the Year
Developer of the Year

12:15 pm
1:00 pm
Panel

Panel Discussion: Offshore wind in Europe

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This discussion focuses on the fast-growing offshore wind market in Europe, where we are seeing high demand from oil giants and rapid change in turbine sizes, project sizes and fees. How will this affect investment.

Key questions are likely to include:

  • Which are the most exciting markets for investors in the next three years?
  • What does the £6bn financial close at Dogger Bank say about the market?
  • Are corporate PPAs now a central part of the European offshore wind sector?Are high ‘option fees’ now a feature of the market?
  • How will investors adapt?What will the UK’s CfD auction to tell us about the maturity of floating wind?
  • Will an influx of oil firms shake up European offshore in the next three years?

Speakers to include:

  • Bronwyn Sutton (Moderator), Principal Offshore Wind at Clir
  • Cristian Algar, Director, Advisory Services for EMEA and LATAM at UL
  • Ed Northam, Head of Green Investment Group, Europe & UK at Green Investment Group
  • Allan Baker, MD - Global Head of Power at Societe Generale
1:00 pm
1:10 pm
Awards

Wind Investment Awards Presentations

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Start-up of the Year
Offshore Deal of the Year

1:10 pm
1:40 pm
Fireside Chat

Fireside Chat: Floating wind

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This one-to-one interview gives us the opportunity to get into greater depth about offshore wind – literally!

We will discuss the commercialisation of floating wind and the evolution of the sector as oil giants get involved.

When will we see this market opening up, and will the UK’s Contracts for Difference auction in 2021 show us the health of the sector.

Speakers to include:

  • Vincent Fromont, President at Shell-EOLFI
  • Henrik Stiesdal, Stiesdal A/S
1:40 pm
2:40 pm
Networking

Networking Lunch Break

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Roundtable 1 (30min): Impact of Brexit on energy markets and supply chains

Roundtable 2 (30min): Repowering strategies

2:40 pm
2:50 pm
Awards

Wind Investment Awards Presentations

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Asset Management Award
Technology Innovation Award

2:50 pm
3:20 pm
Keynote

Keynote Presentation

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3:20 pm
3:30 pm
Awards

Wind Investment Awards Presentations

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Recruiter of the Year
Law Firm of the Year

3:30 pm
4:00 pm
Networking

Networking Tea Break – Roundtable: Breaking the data deadlock

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Sponsored by Greenbyte

4:00 pm
4:45 pm
Panel

Panel Discussion – The power-to-X revolution

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We use our final session of the day to look at the power-to-x technologies that companies in the wind sector need to factor into their investment strategies.

By this, we mean technology including batteries, long-duration energy storage, and green hydrogen / ammonia.

  • Is storage now a vital part of the strategies of wind companies?
  • What impact is this likely to have on the portfolios of wind operators?
  • How is the investment case for storage changing as the tech matures?
  • Is Europe lagging the US, Australia and Asia-Pacific in the storage race?
  • Is Nordic onshore wind key to producing green hydrogen at scale?

Speakers to include:

  • Karsten Uhd Plauborg, VP at Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
  • Philippe Kavafyan, Board Member of Maersk Supply Service
4:45 pm
4:55 pm
Awards

Wind Investment Awards Presentations

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Industry Leader of the Year
Rising Star of the Year

4:55 pm
5:00 pm
Other

Closing Remarks

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5:00 pm
5:00 pm
Other

Event Ends

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