CONFERENCE

Financing Wind Europe 2022

Financing Wind is wind energy’s premier conference. We bring together the top clean energy financiers and investors and give them the network that they need to build better, more profitable, more sustainable, renewable energy projects.

MAY 26, 2022

8 NORTHUMBERLAND AVENUE, LONDON

About this event

Financing Wind is wind energy’s premier conference. We bring together the top clean energy financiers and investors and give them the network that they need to build better, more profitable, more sustainable, renewable energy projects.

The return to in-person Financing Wind conferences won’t be made to wait much longer.

We are delighted to announce that Financing Wind Europe will return to London next Spring with an extraordinary content-packed agenda and highly focused networking opportunities!

During the last 18-24 months we’ve witnessed the resilience of the wind industry in the most difficult of circumstances and Financing Wind Europe 2022 is tangible proof of this success.

This event is exclusively for A Word About Wind members – the key decision-makers in the global wind. As such, at Financing Wind Europe 2022 you’ll hear from the industry’s leading voices, and you’ll meet the best people and companies working in the global wind market.

Agenda

Registration Desk Open, Check in & Networking Breakfast

8:00 – 8:50

Organiser’s Welcome Keynote Presentation

8:50 – 9:00

Keynote

Headline Sponsor’s Welcome Keynote Presentation

9:00 – 9:10

Keynote

  • Joan Aymamí, Senior Global Business Development Manager, UL

Reviewing the Future of Financing European Wind

9:10 – 9:40

Fireside chat

With various forecasts highlighting that throughout the year supply chain costs expect to remain high, obtaining limited onshore permits continue to be challenging, and offshore tenders are showing increasing volume of interest. However, there is no shortage of finance.

In this chat we’ll look into the external factors affecting the financing of wind currently and in the future. In addition, we’ll review:

  • The appetite to invest in the European Wind market
  • What does the future of financing European Wind look like? And, in a post subsidising world?

Moderator:

Speakers:

  • Caroline Lytton, MD – Head of Power & Renewables, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)
  • Fabio Borba, Managing Director, EMEA Execution, GE Energy Financial Services

The European Onshore Wind Renaissance: Is 2022 a new dawn in continental Europe?

9:40 – 10:20

Panel

In this discussion, we will look at why the prospects for onshore wind in continental Europe are looking brighter than they have for many years. There is a new German government with big ambitions for onshore wind; increased confidence in Spain and France; and, across the Channel, we see onshore wind returning to UK support mechanisms for the first time.

Some areas that will be covered include:

  • Are we entering a new boom period for onshore wind in Europe?
  • What does the risk appetite look like?
  • Predictive vs. actual returns?
  • Are countries doing enough to speed up permitting?

Moderator:

  • Georg Hoefler, Head of Renewables Transactions, Allianz Capital Partners

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How to achieve scalability and profitability in a rapidly changing market

10:20 – 10:35

Interview

In partnership with ONYX Insight

In this session, we will hear about recent extensive research that ONYX Insight has taken around macro and micro trends in the market and what does it mean to the ways we develop and manage our assets. Dr Golysheva will run through main challenges and ways to overcome them

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Networking Coffee Break

10:35 – 11:15

Networking

A Piece of the Auction: Who’s winning the offshore arms race?

11:15 – 23:55

Panel

The last couple of years in European offshore wind have been characterised by huge and very competitive auction processes, but what does this mean for the health of offshore wind?

In this session, we consider the results of recent tenders (including ScotWind, Thor and others), and what they say about the health of offshore wind. We’ll review current and planned investments, development pipelines, and skills development. And, we will look at the emerging offshore markets that firms are fighting to be part of; and consider how companies throughout the supply chain can win in such a competitive world.

Moderator:

  • Dr Carolyn Heeps, Head of Offshore Development Project Development, Fred. Olsen Seawind

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European Floating Offshore Wind: Realising bankable commercial scale

11:55 – 12:25

Fireside chat

In this chat we’ll:

  • Discuss tendering and what needs to happen to make this a reality going forward
  • Review new developments in the market and supply chain changes

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Using data to better manage risk

12:25 – 12:40

Interview

In partnership with Clir Renewables

The discussion will focus on the current market and how owners can use data and insights to better manage project and portfolio specific risks. In addition, you’ll hear how transparency can lead to improved terms

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Networking Lunch Break

12:40 – 13:40

Networking

Keynote Interview – The Crown Estate

13:40 – 14:00

Keynote

Hear directly from The Crown Estate how they are balancing a wide range of interests from seabed users, energy technologies, marine biodiversity and the carbon net zero target. In addition Simon will discuss:

  • How they are working collaboratively with government, devolved administrations, regulators, NGOs and a broad range of industry representatives to unlock the nation’s offshore energy ambitions and protect the marine environment
  • Engaging with the market and stakeholders on investment ambitions
  • Opportunities for Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) infrastructure

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Wind-to-Hydrogen: How close are we to utility-scale solutions?

14:00 – 14:40

Panel

With lots of discussion and attention given to green hydrogen as a game changer, will this emerge as an economic reality? Who are the new diverse participants expected to market? What’s the likelihood of green hydrogen being traded across borders? Will it live up to its hype?

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Wind’s Cost Squeeze: How will it affect you in 2022?

14:30 – 14:50

Interview

Turbine makers are forecasting a tough 2022. As well as ongoing disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, they are also warning of the impact of rising raw material and transport costs on their already squeezed profits. How tough are turbine makers finding life right now? How can they negotiate these challenges? Which will be the winners and losers?

We look at the state of play for manufacturers today and what impact this will have on project owners.

How a non-utility generator is achieving sustainable growth ambitions year on year

14:40 – 14:55

Interview

In partnership with Ventient Energy

In this interview, you will hear first hand how Ventient Energy has grown over the last few years by approaching their long-term investment and development plans with a sustainable approach. This includes applying their award winning ESG practices and leadership to the generation of renewable energy providing healthy returns to their pension fund shareholders and others.

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Networking Tea Break

14:55 – 15:35

Networking

Moving to Merchant: What companies need to know about selling wind power

15:35 – 16:15

Panel

Merchant investment emerged for the first time as a major factor in the renewables market in 2021. In this session, the panellists will explore:

  • Is the rapid increase in merchant investment set to remain a factor for the long-term or will it fade as the power-price spikes in today’s world adjust down?
  • Is merchant investment driving asset values higher in M&A deals compared to the “classic” model of PPA-backed structures?

In addition, as new forms of merchant debt are now being offered by institutional lenders, dispensing with the need for long-term PPAs, will they complement or cannibalise the lending banks that still rely on PPAs?

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Tailoring Renewables to Existing Portfolios: Leading corporate energy buyers discuss

16:15 – 16:55

Panel

As the last few years have been banner years for the CPPA market, hear from a leading corporate offtaker on how they have added renewables to existing portfolios. You’ll hear a review of the next generation of CPPAs, timelines, and contract agreement terms.

Moderator:

  • Natasha Luther-Jones, Partner, International Head of Sustainability and ESG & Global Co-Chair, Energy and Natural Resources Sector, DLA Piper

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Closing remarks and event ends

16:55 – 17:00

Event highlights

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