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Conference agenda:

Day one: 24th May 2018, Thursday

09:00 Conference registration opens

10:00 Conference opening – Mr Derek Michalski, Editor-in-Chief, The Voice of Renewables / Wind Power Bulletin

10:10 Keynote addresses.

11:00 Networking coffee break

11:30 Panel Discussion21st century wind – great challenge, great opportunity.                

On January 17th, 2018, European Parliament MEPs sets stricter requirements for mandatory national action plans for climate and energy and adopted the European Parliament’s position on three legislative proposals under the Clean Energy Package – namely the revisions of the Renewable Energy Directive, the Energy Efficiency Directive, and the new Governance Regulation.

MEPs adopted tighter targets for energy efficiency and renewable energy by 2030. The European Commission had proposed an energy efficiency target of 30% and at least 27% renewable energy for 2030. The Parliament has increased both targets to 35% with European binding targets. The Parliament also sets stricter requirements for mandatory national action plans for climate and energy.

This session will discuss how the newly set targets will affect further deployment of wind energy projects in Europe and what challenges will pose greatest threat to meeting those targets.

12:30 Networking coffee break

13:00 Panel Discussion – Financing and developing European onshore wind energy market.

323 GW of cumulative wind energy capacity may be installed in the Europe by 2030, of which 253 GW onshoreIt is expected that as much as €150bn can be invested in European onshore wind energy sector by 2030. The need for a dedicated, fair, stable and predictable risk-reward mechanism to provide financial and regulatory certainty to investors become apparent. Cost reduction progress and growing market exposure incentivises developers to look for alternative off-takers or additional sources of revenue. Corporate renewable PPAs could help mitigating merchant or quasi-merchant risk. This session will discuss how renewables finance leaders view the investment opportunities in the European onshore wind industry, how big the appetite to invest in European onshore wind is and cover ways in which the sector will develop in the post-subsidy landscape.

14:00 Lunch

15:00 Panel Discussion – Financing and developing European offshore wind energy market.

Close to 80% of the world’s offshore wind resource potential lies in deep waters and this unlocks a vast new potential for developers –  for a number of years offshore wind represents an important, and further growing, asset class among European greenfield power projects. An increasing number of banks and institutional investors are engaging in the offshore wind sector – the development pipeline of European offshore wind farms totals over 100GW – with implied CAPEX of EUR 350-400bn. Most offshore wind deals will require project financing so it is crucial that sponsors see those as well-structured and bankable.

This session highlights developments with an overview of the European offshore wind market, with recent examples of closed deals as well as key considerations for financing offshore wind construction. It will also cover the trends in the project financing of offshore wind projects and multi-layer financing opportunities available in the financing market.

16:00 Networking coffee break

16:30 Panel Discussion – What’s in stock for European onshore wind industry?

Onshore wind is set to be the cheapest form of electricity generation and it can be deployed quickly. With rapid development of European offshore wind and falling prices of solar energy generation – this session will debate the future of European onshore wind, including cost status and future prospects of further cost reductions to make this branch of wind power generation attractive to investors.

17:30 Close of the day 1

Day two: 25th May 2018, Friday

08:30 Conference registration desk opens

09:00 Conference day 2 opening – The Voice of Renewables

09:10 Panel DiscussionEuropean wind market – investors’ expectations and future outlook.

Along with the new EU targets for renewable energy deployment in Europe there comes a promise of a string of new wind projects across the continent. However, some European countries are still lagging behind and may find it difficult to keep up with the most advanced European wind power developers. This session will answer some of the arising questions: which EU members will benefit most from those new regulations; how sponsors perceive the opportunities over next five years? what new challenges lie ahead the European wind sector?

10:15 Networking coffee break

10:30 Panel Discussion – Game-changers in action I – wind meets energy storage.

Some say the day a reliable, cost-effective large-scale wind energy storage systems will be developed there will be no stopping for the sector.  The U.S. has been able to add more than 60,000 MW of wind power to the grid without adding any commercial-scale energy storage. European countries like Denmark, Spain, Ireland, and Germany have successfully integrated very large amounts of wind energy without having to install new energy storage resources. In this session we will address a number of burning questions: can wind storage systems can be expected to levelled out wind power output variability? Can storage technologies compete economically today with already existing grid flexibility to integrate wind energy? Will continuing advances in energy storage technology shift the wind towards storage options and make them more competitive as a provider of grid flexibility? 

11:30 Networking coffee break

12:00 Panel Discussion – Investing in European wind innovations.

Wind turbines, designs of blades and supporting structures, anchoring systems, grid connection systems have all undergone a massive change over the past 10 years. Considering the need to scale, innovations are of great importance if further cost reductions, efficiency and work safety are considered. Where will new innovations come from and what investors have is stock for those companies that position themselves ahead and bring new exiting ideas – this session will look into what interactions can be expected over the next five years between sponsors and innovators and how investors scrutinise new ideas.

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Panel Discussion – Game-changers in action II – future offshore power hubs and offshore grid concepts.

Meeting the European energy objectives is a great challenge faced by wind projects and the construction of so-called ‘Power Link Islands’ present a number of solid advantages. From there the electricity transmission cables will not only transmit wind energy to the connected countries but simultaneously serve as interconnectors between the energy markets of those countries, enabling them to trade electricity across their borders. In addition, the energy can be converted to hydrogen for large scale transport to shore, storage or buffering purposes. Yet, it also begs question: is future-proof offshore grid possible? And how cost reduction, a general requirement, will impact going further offshore and scale? This session will discuss the feasibility of such projects and financial investments necessary for them to be materialised.

15:00 Networking coffee break

15:30 Panel DiscussionGame-changers in action III – efficient and cost-effective installation concepts.

Installation costs constitute up to an estimated 25 percent of total project capital expenditures, and thereby offer significant potential for reductions. While concrete has turned out to be a better choice in terms of cost-efficiency and durability, steel floating foundations are chosen due to other factors. This session will debate different paths of optimisation of offshore support structures.

16:30 Close of the conference.

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