CONFERENCE

Financing Wind 2014

As the wind energy industry expands and moves into new sectors around the globe, how can investors work with major corporations to facilitate future opportunities?

OCTOBER 1, 2014

LONDON

About this event

As the wind energy industry expands and moves into new sectors around the globe, how can investors work with major corporations to facilitate future opportunities?

And how can developers and investors strike a balance between maintaining their interests in safe, established markets and exploring new high-risk, high-return sectors overseas?

This exclusive, invitation-only event brings together key decision-makers and influencers working throughout the finance and energy sectors to discuss how future investment opportunities at home and abroad can be maximised.

Five key questions the conference will address:

    1. 1.How can project risk be reduced to increase investment attractiveness?

 

    1. 2.How can owners/operators engage more effectively with corporate investors?

 

    1. 3.To what extent should developers look to diversify their existing operational footprint?

 

    1. 4.Can international expansion play a role in cost reduction and boosting profitability?

 

  1. 5.What are the primary challenges associated with developing an international supply chain and how can they be addressed?

Agenda

Arrivals, registration & coffee

08:00

Open & welcome

09:00

Adam Barber,  Publisher, A Word About Wind

Ben Warren, Global Power & Utilities Corporate Finance Leader, Ernst & Young

Initiating investment: galvanizing growth

09:30

What is the significance of developing and building appropriate investment strategies? And how will these plans realise future growth?

Nick Gardiner, Managing Director, Direct Investment, Green Investment Bank

Track A: Harnessing future investment

09:45

A series of quick-fire 8-minute presentations, followed by a 30-minute Q&A

How can developers and financiers work more effectively with major funds and institutional investors interested in investing in on and offshore wind energy, to reduce project risk and facilitate future finance and investment opportunities?

Moderator:

Fintan Whelan, Co-Founder & Corporate Finance Director, Mainstream Renewable Power

The developer: How can independent Power Purchase Agreements with major corporations offer greater certainty to developers during a period of significant change?  How do you reduce project risk, to ensure that the projects look financially attractive?

Matthieu Hue, Director Onshore & M&A, EDF Energy Renewables

The institutional investor: How can wind energy projects be structured more attractively to ensure greater institutional investment interest?  What does an institutional investor actually want?  How can debt be better managed in infrastructure and when it comes to longevity of cash flow, why invest in wind at all?

Ian Berry, Head of Infrastructure, Aviva Investors

The fund: How can wind energy developers and operators adopt a more proactive approach towards attracting and managing future corporate investment?

Richard Nourse, Managing Partner, Greencoat Capital

Coffee break

10:45

Track B: Emerging and established markets

11:30

A series of quick-fire 8-minute presentations, followed by a 30-minute Q&A

As the wind industry expands into new emerging markets globally, what kind of strategy will be required to satisfy the needs of manufacturers in the short-term and investors in the long-term? Using the African sub continent as an example, what are the opportunities and risks associated with project development in rapidly expanding, new markets?

Moderator:

Pierre Antoine Tetard, Energy Investment Consultant

The manufacturer: To achieve genuine, long-term commercial growth, at what point should manufacturers invest in the regional supply chain and in a local manufacturing base?  To what extent should manufacturers prioritise the introduction and installation of new technology, over established and proven turbine equipment?

Kasper Dalsten, Director, Global Business Development, Vestas

The regulator/policy maker: What are the key elements that regulators and policymakers operating within a nascent wind energy market, need to be able to quickly address, to facilitate future growth?  What is in the mind of the regulator, when they commit to subsidy support?  What happens if the scheme creates unfavorable long-term economics and how can this be avoided?

Steve Sawyer, Secretary General, Global Wind Energy Council

The financial advisor: At what point in the evolution of an emerging market should you invest? What is necessary and required in order to best reduce project and investment risk?

Jérôme Guillet, Managing Director, Green Giraffe Energy Bankers

Networking lunch

12:30

Close

14:30