AGENDA

April 24

17.30-19.30

Networking Reception

Join us for our pre-conference networking drinks for Financing Wind attendees on the evening before the conference. Networking is at the heart of our events, and this is an ideal place to promote products, services and expertise to key decision-makers.

19.30

Exclusive Speakers Dinner

This is a private dinner for selected Financing Wind speakers on the evening before the conference. This will take place in a luxurious setting near the conference venue, and enable entertainment sponsors to freely discuss the market in privacy and comfort.

April 25

08.00-09.15

Registration and Executive Breakfast

Featuring an opening address by Jared Polis, Governor of Colorado (08:45 – 8:55)

09.15-09.30

Organiser’s Welcome

09.30-09.45

Headline Sponsor’s Welcome - FTI Consulting

Chris LeWand, Global Clean Energy Practice Co-Leader, FTI Consulting

Panel Discussion 1

09.45-10.30

End of the Production Tax Credit

US wind is in a building boom ahead of the end of the production tax credit, but what’s going to happen to the market in the 2020s? We see growing confidence that the market won’t fall off a cliff – but how important will wind be to the energy plans of Trump and beyond?

David Burton, Norton Rose Fulbright - Moderator
Matthew Ordway, Managing Director, Tortoise Infrastructure Partners
Michael Skelly, Senior Advisor, Lazard
Santosh Raikar, Managing Partner, Silverpeak
Shalini Ramanathan, VP Origination, Renewable Energy Systems

Panel Discussion 2

10.30-11.15

The Birth of US Offshore Wind

Big utilities, big projects, and big state tenders. We are excited by potential growth in the US offshore wind industry, but what needs to happen on both the financial and the technical sides of the sector to make those projects happen? And how does it compare to other new markets?

Beth Waters, Managing Director, Project Finance - Americas, MUFG
Jerome Guillet, Managing Director, Green Giraffe
João Metelo, CEO, Principle Power
Rusty Brewer, Partner, Amis, Patel & Brewer, LLP - Moderator
Stephanie McClellan, Director, Special Initiative for Offshore Wind
11.15-12.00

Networking Coffee Break

Fireside Chat 1

12.00-12.30

Evolutions in Power Purchase Agreements

We all know how corporates are interested in buying electricity from wind farms, but the structures used now won’t necessarily be the best in future. In this topic, we’ll look at what can be done to open up PPAs to smaller companies, and other innovative structures.

Miguel Ángel Prado, CEO, EDP Renewables North America
Neil Golden, Partner, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

Panel Discussion 3

12.30-13.15

The Repowering Revolution

There is major interest from wind farm investors, developers and asset managers in identifying repowering opportunities at their projects. How big is the market now? Are there ways for firms in this sector to benefit from repowering older schemes?

Gill Howard, Global Director of Due Diligence Services, Renewables, UL
Justin Pugh, Managing Director, FTI Consulting
Karen Wong, Partner, Milbank - Moderator
Philippe Delleville, Head of Structured Finance, Siemens Gamesa
Saad Qais, CFO, Goldwind Americas
13.15-14.30

Networking Lunch

Presentation

14.30-15.00

Utility Strategies

Ashley Crowther, Global Vice President, ONYX InSight

Panel Discussion 4

15.00-15.45

Innovations in Project Finance

Developers and investors are under growing financial pressure as a result of the end of the PTC, lower margins, and fierce competition from rival sources such as natural gas. We look at how they need to structure projects to remain competitive over the next five years.

Dan Brown, MD - Utilities, Power & Renewable Energy, KeyBanc Capital Markets
David Halligan, Co-Founder, Datawatt Energy
James Tynion III, Partner, Morgan Lewis - Moderator
Mark Goodwin, President & CEO, Apex Clean Energy
Martin Torres, MD & Head of the Americas, BlackRock
15.45-16.30

Networking Coffee Break

Fireside Chat 2

16.30-17.00

Corporate M&A Deals

Over the last two years, we have seen a huge appetite for corporate M&A deals from utilities and investors looking to consolidate and grow their activities in the North American wind sector. Will that continue, and what impact will acquisitions of private wind developers have on the market?

Ari Pribadi, Managing Director, Marathon Capital
Paul Gaynor, CEO, Longroad Energy

Panel Discussion 5

17.00-17.45

Large Onshore Projects and Tackling Transmission

The end of the high-profile 2GW Wind Catcher project in mid-2018 raised questions about the prospects for other large projects, and how developers can build transmission links (that often prove controversial) across state lines? Is bigger really better?

Dan Elkort, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, Pattern Energy
Gabriel Alonso, Executive in Residence, Quantum Energy Partners - Moderator
Greg Wolf, CEO, Leeward Energy
Michael Rucker, CEO, Scout Clean Energy
Tom Carbone, President, Tri Global Energy
17.45-17.50

Closing Remarks

Adam Barber, Managing Director, The Tamarindo Group
17.50-19.00

Networking Drinks

19.00

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