AGENDA

May 12

17.30-19.30

Networking Reception

Join us for our pre-conference networking drinks for Financing Wind attendees on the evening before the conference.

19.30-22.30

Sponsored 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.

May 13

08.00-09.00

Registration and Executive Breakfast

09.00-09.10

Organiser’s Welcome

09.10-09.15

Sponsor’s Welcome

09.15-09.35

Keynote Speaker

Panel discussion

09.35-10.20

Post-2020 Vision: Where now for US wind?

This session will tackle questions about the prospects for wind in the next 3-5 years:

  • How will the industry cope with the end of the PTC?
  • What influence will the 2020 election have on wind?
  • Will the lack of parity with solar hinder the industry?
  • Should US onshore wind be receiving tax credits?
  • Where are the most exciting areas for developers and investors?
Vikas Anand, CEO, GE Renewable Energy - Onshore Wind Americas
Tristan Grimbert, CEO and President, EDF

Panel discussion

10.20-11.05

Investor Forum: Where’s the money going?

This session will see institutional and PE investor discussing key trends in finance:

  • What are the key trends affecting the pricing of wind assets?
  • How much merchant risk are they prepared to take?
  • Are they primarily focused on buying projects or platforms?
  • How important is wind to these investors compared to solar?
  • How can companies cope with the increase in merchant risk?
Gabriel Alonso, Executive in Residence, Quantum Energy Partners
David Burton, Tax Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright - Moderator
Frank Nicklaus, Partner, Greentech Capital Advisors
Himanshu Saxena, CEO, Starwood Energy
11.05-11.45

Networking Coffee Break

One-to-one interview

11.45-12.15

Finance Guru: Debt, equity, tax and more

This session will feature a finance expert discussing the big issues in funding:

  • What are the biggest issues in the tax equity market?
  • Which are the most active types of equity investors and why?
  • What innovations in project structuring should we look out for?
  • What are the biggest obstacles to project finance in the next five years?
David Giordano, Global Head of Renewables, Blackrock

Panel discussion

12.15-13.00

Transmission Impossible: Can we fix it?

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?
  • How can the US integrate offshore wind into the grid?
  • What impact is this having on the siting of new projects?
  • Will energy storage help with the management of these grid issues?
13.00-14.10

Networking Lunch

14.10-14.30

Afternoon Keynote: Offshore wind overview

Panel discussion

14.30-15.15

Offshore Gold Rush: How big and how fast?

This session will look at the growth and financing of US east coast offshore wind:

  • How realistic are the forecasts of fast expansion of offshore wind?
  • Will federal government hinder the growth of this new industry?
  • What does Vineyard Wind tell us about offshore wind’s prospects?
  • What funding solutions will take new schemes to financial close?
  • What lessons are there from Europe and are they being learned?
Chris Hart, President, Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind
Martin Neubert, CEO, Ørsted
Karen Wong, Partner, Milbank
15.15-15.40

Networking Coffee Break

One-to-one interview

15.40-16.10

Floating Guru: How to unlock the Pacific

This session will feature an expert talking about latest progress in floating wind:

  • What is the state of the floating wind market globally?
  • What will it take to unlock offshore wind in the Pacific?
  • How long until floating tech reaches commercial maturity?
  • What are the prospects for building a west coast supply chain?

Panel discussion

16.10-16.55

A New Hope: Building an offshore supply chain

This session will look at the potential to build a strong offshore wind supply chain:

  • How close are we to developing a strong offshore supply chain?
  • Can this bring hope and jobs to deprived coastal communities?
  • Are companies any closer to solutions regarding the Jones Act?
  • How will this benefit Boston and the wider US northeast?
Gunnar Groebler, SVP of Wind, Vattenfall
Stephen Pike, CEO, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
16.55-17.00

Closing Remarks

17.00-18.00

Networking Drinks

18.00-23.00

Gala Dinner

May 14

08.00-09.30

Registration and Executive Breakfast

09.30-09.35

Organiser’s Welcome

09.35-09.40

Sponsor’s Welcome

09.40-10.00

Keynote Speaker

Panel discussion

10.00-10.45

Climate Crisis: How will it affect portfolios?

This session will look at the impact of the climate crisis on investment activities:

  • What impact will the changing climate have on investor portfolios?
  • How can investors mitigate risks that the climate crisis raises?
  • Will fossil fuel divestments help the renewable energy sector?
  • How can companies get a strong and diversified portfolio?
  • Does this put pure-play wind companies at a disadvantage?
Miguel Ángel Prado, CEO, EDP Renewables North America
Tom Festle, CFO, RWE Renewables
Florian Zerhusen, CEO and President, BayWa r.e. Wind
10.45-11.15

Networking Coffee Break

Panel discussion

11.15-12.00

Race To Net Zero: How best to cut emissions?

This session will look at the role of wind as firms and countries plan for net zero:

  • Is it likely that the US will commit to net zero carbon emissions?
  • Who’s going to take the lead and what role are PPAs set to play?
  • How can wind cut its emissions – and it is at risk if it doesn’t?
  • What technology innovations will help firms to reach these goals?
  • Will carbon pricing help drive change among corporates?

Panel discussion

12.00-12.45

US Onshore Hotspots: Where to invest next

This session will look at how developers can thrive in key Midwestern markets:

  • Where will we see the most demand in the next 3-5 years?
  • What are the biggest issues for developers in these states?
  • What changes are we seeing in state support for wind?
  • How can developers foster great community relations?
  • How can the industry respond to false claims about wind?
Georgios Papadimitriou, Enel Green Power, North America
13.00-14.10

Networking Lunch

14.10-14.30

Afternoon Keynote: PPA stats and overview

Panel discussion

14.30-15.15

Corporate Off-Takers: Opening PPAs for all

This session will look at questions related to corporates signing wind PPAs:

  • How big will the corporate PPAs market grow over 3-5 years?
  • Is standardisation needed to enable smaller firms to sign PPAs?
  • What are the latest innovations we’re seeing in PPA structures?
  • Do firms use PPAs as a fig leaf to avoid bigger environmental actions?
  • Do companies need to look at using distributed renewables?
Vanessa Miler Fels, Renewable Energy and Sustainability Strategist, Microsoft
Rochelle Rabeler, Partner, Holland & Hart
15.15-15.40

Networking Coffee Break

One-to-one interview

15.40-16.10

Turbines Guru: Bigger machines and profitability

This session will feature a turbines expert talking about new turbine evolutions:

  • How big and advanced can offshore and onshore wind turbines get?
  • What impact could Trump-inspired trade wars have on manufacturers?
  • How cheap can wind get and companies still be profitable?
  • How will these changes affect the financial returns of projects?
  • What impact will these developments have on the supply chain?

Panel discussion

16.10-16.55

Wind In 2040: Where will we be in 20 years’ time?

This session will look at the big questions for wind in the next two decades:

  • How big could turbines get and how will that affect returns?
  • How much wind, solar and storage can we expect on the grid?
  • How should we deal with the increasing number of ageing projects?
  • Will offshore wind become a key part of the US electricity network?
  • Can the growth of EV charging infrastructure help the wind sector?
David Sale, CEO, Goldwind
Steve Ryder, CFO, Clearway Energy
16.55-17.00

Closing Remarks

17.00-18.00

Informal Networking

18.00

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