Registration and Executive Breakfast


Organiser’s Welcome

Adam Barber, Group Managing Director, The Tamarindo Group

Sponsor’s Introduction - UL

Gill Howard Larsen, Global Director of Due Diligence, UL

Keynote Speaker

Markus Tacke, CEO, Siemens Gamesa

Uncharted Waters: Key Investment Trends in European Wind

It has been more than a decade since the start of the last global financial crisis. Since then, wind has emerged as a mainstream asset class – but how healthy is Europe’s wind market and how well placed is it to cope with new crises? In this session, we plan to answer:

  • What types of investors are most active in European wind?
  • What impacts have competitive auctions had on wind in Europe?
  • What are the biggest threats to liquidity in the wind market?
  • Do investors need to re-focus their attention on new markets?
  • What financial innovations should we look out for in the market?
Olivia Breese, Head of Market Development, Ørsted - Moderator
Kirstine Damkjær, CEO, EKF
Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, MHI Vestas
Edward Northam, Head of Europe, Green Investment Group
Richard Nourse, Managing Partner, Greencoat Capital

Networking Coffee Break


One-To-One: Corporate M&A Deals in Europe

Institutional investors and utilities continue to see corporate M&A deals as a way to expand in a challenging market. In this session we talk to an industry expert about the impact of corporate M&A deals on the business models of utilities; the future for private developers; and whether now is the right time to sell out to a larger institution.

Duncan Berry, CEO, LM Wind Power
Richard Heap, Editor-in-Chief, A Word About Wind - Moderator

Global Offshore: Sailing Safely in Choppy Waters

The emergence of new offshore wind markets in Asia, Europe and North America shows that the industry is global – but also that there are still hurdles as they seek to compete for investors’ attention. How much focus should investors put on established and emerging markets? And what are the key trends that will drive investment in each?

  • How will 10MW-plus turbines affect investment?
  • What impact is Brexit likely to have on the UK market?
  • When are we likely to see a zero-subsidy project built?
  • How can European investors profit in new markets?
  • When is floating wind likely to reach commercial maturity?
Michael Hannibal, Partner, CIP
Manahil Lakhmiri, Head of Key Program Offshore Wind, Engie
Martin Neubert, CEO, Ørsted Offshore
Michael Simmelsgaard, Head of Offshore Wind, Vattenfall
Michael van der Heijden, Partner, Amscap - Moderator

Networking Lunch


One to One: The Growth of Floating Wind

Over the last 12 months we’ve seen plenty of progress in the floating wind sector, including activity on new projects in Europe and new developments in emerging markets in Asia and the US. In this session, we will look at the latest changes and developments in the floating wind market as it races to commercial maturity.

Vincent Fromont, CEO, EOLFI
Evan Stergoulis, Partner Watson Farley & Williams

Better Together: The Future for Hybrid Projects

Large wind turbine makers have been expanding into storage and solar, which is making hybrid projects far more common. In this session, we will discuss the future for hybrid projects; the most practical storage tech for wind farms; and the impact on returns.

  • When will hybrid projects including wind go mainstream?
  • Which are the most attractive long- and short-duration storage solutions?
  • How will these trends impact the financial side of wind projects?
  • How do companies need to adapt their strategies for these shifts?
  • How will the role of wind in the electricity grid change by 2030?
Felix Fischer, Partner, Chatham Partners
Philipp Kunze, Head of Global Hybrids Team, BayWa r.e.
Markus Lesser, CEO, PNE AG
Adam Terry, Director of Due Diligence for Europe, UL - Moderator
Amelie Wulff, Global Sales Leader Hybrid Solutions, GE Renewable Energy

Networking Coffee Break


Europe’s PPA Revolution: From the Nordics to Where

The growth of competitive tenders and the reduction in feed-in tariffs has left more project developers turning to corporate power deals as a way to take projects to financial close. In this session, we look at the growth and obstacles power purchase agreements in Europe.

  • Will the Nordics continue to be Europe’s PPA powerhouse?
  • Who’s signing corporate PPAs and where? What does this tell us?
  • What innovations can we expect in the structuring of PPAs?
  • Is standardisation needed to help PPAs grow across Europe?
  • How can wind companies change their approach to counterparty risk?
Richard Boydell, Senior Manager - PPA Advisory, Pexapark
Caroline Brun Ellefsen, Global Head, Instatrust, New Energy Ventures, DNV GL
Natasha Luther-Jones, Partner, Global Co-Chair - Energy & Natural Resources Sector, DLA Piper - Moderator
Mortimer Menzel, Partner, Augusta & Co
Alexandra von Bernstorff, Founder & Managing Partner, Luxcara

Closing Remarks


Networking Drinks


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