CONFERENCE

Financing Wind

Offshore

NOVEMBER 16, 2023 | BOSTON, US

For the people creating the future of offshore wind.

Welcome to Financing Wind

Our Financing Wind conference series brings together industry experts, policymakers, investors to explore the latest trends and opportunities in wind energy.

Financing Wind Offshore is devoted to exploring the state of offshore wind in the US. We’ll investigate the challenges the industry faces in achieving its goal of installing 30GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030.

Three reasons to attend

01

You'll learn from the industry's definitive voices

Financing Wind is a who’s who of the wind sector.

02

You'll make important contacts

More than half of our community are director-level or above.

03

You'll get answers to the industry's most challenging questions

Our team of experts develop an agenda driven by our community.

Financing Wind is a fantastic opportunity to re-connect with all leaders in our industry ranging from developers to financiers in Wind. It is incredibly important that during these years in which the US offshore wind industry is gaining further momentum we discuss what we jointly can do to make sure all environmental, societal and economic benefits will be delivered.

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, LLC

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Our speakers, moderators and contributors are drawn from our esteemed community of leaders and visionaries, including C-suite executives, industry experts, entrepreneurs, and young energy leaders who draw on their vast experience across the renewable energy industry. New speakers are announced regularly!

Featured sessions

Financing Wind Offshore aims to provide insight into the state of offshore wind in the US and the challenges the industry faces in achieving its goal of installing 30GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030. Our agenda includes various panel discussions and keynote presentations covering topics such as the obstacles for US offshore growth, financing structures, commercialization of US floating wind, and offshore wind combined with hybrid technologies. The event also features WindTech interviews and presentations, and ample networking opportunities, bringing together industry leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders to discuss the future of offshore wind in the US. (Times are ET)

PANEL DISCUSSION

Supply Chain and Infrastructure Challenges in the US

11:25 AM

This discussion will look in greater depth at some of the practical challenges that need to be overcome to enable the US to make good on its offshore wind promise. Developers will only be able to hit their project deadlines if the US has the right supply chain, workforce, vessels, ports and transmission infrastructure. Potential areas for discussion include:

  • How much progress has there been on coordinated plans for transmission?
  • Do turbine makers have the confidence they need to start building factories?
  • How can the industry ensure it can access the vessels and ports it needs?
  • Should we be worried about recent headlines related to whale deaths?
  • Are we seeing enough investment in workforce training? What is needed?
  • Are there enough financing structures currently in place

PANEL DISCUSSION

Offshore Wind M&A Market

2:30 PM
  • What are the emerging market trends and their impact on M&A strategies
  • How are government policies and regulations in shaping M&A dynamics
  • What are some strategies for successful offshore wind M&A transactions
  • Negotiating deal terms in a rapidly evolving industry landscape
  • What are the current legal and regulatory considerations in Offshore Wind M&A
  • How to address integration challenges in terms of cultures, technologies, and operations
  • Differences in buying development companies vs. projects and whole cost vs. minority stake sales

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EVENT STARTS IN
November 30, 2023 12:00 am

Speakers

Our speakers, moderators and contributors are drawn from our esteemed community of leaders and visionaries, including C-suite executives, industry experts, entrepreneurs, and young energy leaders who draw on their vast experience across the renewable energy industry.

New speakers are announced regularly!

Speaker opportunities

Interested in taking part of one of our events in a panel or fireside chat? Get in touch with the team and join a select list of leaders and visionaries who’ve spoken at our conferences.

After nearly 40 years in the renewable energy industry, I am thrilled that we finally have long term supportive legislation in the form of the Inflation Reduction Act. This conference will be among the first to help the industry rethink the future under this new legislation and will be critical as we begin to map out the path for the US wind industry over the next ten years and beyond.

Edward Zaelke, McDermott Will & Emery

Agenda

Financing Wind Offshore aims to provide insight into the state of offshore wind in the US and the challenges the industry faces in achieving its goal of installing 30GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030.

Our agenda includes various panel discussions and keynote presentations covering topics such as the obstacles for US offshore growth, financing structures, commercialization of US floating wind, and offshore wind combined with hybrid technologies. The event also features WindTech interviews and presentations, and ample networking opportunities, bringing together industry leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders to discuss the future of offshore wind in the US.

(Times are ET)

Registration Desk Open, Check-in & Networking Breakfast

8:00 AM

PRESENTATION

Welcome Presentation

8:50 AM

PANEL DISCUSSION

State of Offshore Wind in the US

8:55 AM

The Biden administration has pushed hard to develop a pipeline of offshore wind projects to hit its target of 30GW of installed capacity by 2030. However, the industry is set to fall well short of this as developers struggle with rising costs, PPA prices set too low, questions over the supply chain, and an uncertain political picture after the 2024 presidential election. In this opening session, we look at the opportunities for companies in the US offshore wind sector, and how the industry can deliver.

  • The Inflation Reduction Act boosted the US offshore wind sector, but has inflation undone that good work?
  • How big an impact is Orsted’s cancellation of Ocean Wind 1 & 2 having on the sector?
  • Are fresh state tenders the answer to PPA difficulties? Can these deliver on the scale needed?
  • Should US offshore wind companies be worried about the 2024 election?
  • How much installed US offshore wind is now likely in 2030?

PANEL DISCUSSION

Financing structures

9:55 AM

This panel will enable us to get into greater detail about the financial terms involved with US offshore wind projects. Potential areas for discussion could include:

  • How important is it for banks and others to see Vineyard Wind 1 operational?
  • How are deal structures in the US offshore wind sector going to evolve?
  • What role will tax equity and ECA play in the financing of US offshore wind?
  • Has the IRA opened up new ways of investment or brought in new investors?

NETWORKING

Networking Coffee Break

10:55 AM

PANEL DISCUSSION

Supply Chain and Infrastructure Challenges in the US

11:25 AM

This discussion will look in greater depth at some of the practical challenges that need to be overcome to enable the US to make good on its offshore wind promise. Developers will only be able to hit their project deadlines if the US has the right supply chain, workforce, vessels, ports and transmission infrastructure. Potential areas for discussion include:

  • How much progress has there been on coordinated plans for transmission?
  • Do turbine makers have the confidence they need to start building factories?
  • How can the industry ensure it can access the vessels and ports it needs?
  • Should we be worried about recent headlines related to whale deaths?
  • Are we seeing enough investment in workforce training? What is needed?
  • Are there enough financing structures currently in place

PANEL DISCUSSION

Supply Chain: Lessons from Europe

12:25 PM

The US can learn some essential lessons from Europe to effectively expand its offshore wind capacity. This discussion will examine the bottlenecks challenging growth in the EU offshore wind supply chain and what lessons can be learnt by the other side of the pond to enable the supply chain to deliver projects quickly. Potential areas of discussion include:

  • Contracting structures and commercial considerations
  • Rising costs (raw materials, logistics..) and how manufacturers are coping 
  • Local content requirements

INTERVIEW

1-1 Interview

1:10 PM

Michael Brown is one of the leading lights in offshore wind in North America. This one to one interview is an opportunity to better understand what is now required to take US offshore wind to the next level. Key talking points will include:

  • Recent PPA terminations and hand backs – to what extent does this materially impact the long term potential of this nascent market?
  • With a global development footprint and with a swathe of regional challenges to overcome, why does Ocean Winds persist with its commitment to the US offshore wind market?
  • With project activity expected to peak between 23 and 26, 30GW by 2030 is considered by many to be optimistic at best and unrealistic by others – what is Ocean Winds’ view?
  • Permitting: what are the practical steps that businesses working throughout all stages of the supply chain can make, now, to accelerate permitting procedure & place positive pressure on policymakers?
  • Project review: can Ocean Winds provide a project update on the South Coast project and further guidance on key milestones, timings and next steps?

NETWORKING

Networking Lunch Break

1:30 PM

Sponsored by Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind

PANEL DISCUSSION

Offshore Wind M&A Market

2:30 PM
  • What are the emerging market trends and their impact on M&A strategies
  • How are government policies and regulations in shaping M&A dynamics
  • What are some strategies for successful offshore wind M&A transactions
  • Negotiating deal terms in a rapidly evolving industry landscape
  • What are the current legal and regulatory considerations in Offshore Wind M&A
  • How to address integration challenges in terms of cultures, technologies, and operations
  • Differences in buying development companies vs. projects and whole cost vs. minority stake sales

PANEL DISCUSSION

Offshore Wind off the Pacific Coast and Commercialization of US floating wind

3:15 PM

This session will discuss where the next opportunities for offshore wind in the US lies and how much of a role floating wind will play.

  • What are the high points that banks are looking for in providing debt?
  • Which of the newer technologies currently being deployed will be able to scale?
  • Will the current state of transmission assets affect offshore projects in planning?
  • How are/will federal policy and regulatory changes affect the offshore financing market? (or something more targeted on commercialization if preferred)
  • What other thoughts do you have on financing floating offshore wind as it leaves hype and enters cost reality?

NETWORKING

Networking Tea Break

4:00 PM

PANEL DISCUSSION

Offshore Wind + Hybrid Technologies

4:30 PM

This panel will enable us to look in greater detail about the potential to develop offshore wind projects with hybrid technologies such as green hydrogen production or battery storage. The IRA has sought to put the US at the forefront of the emerging green hydrogen and storage sectors, so in this discussion we will consider the links between these and offshore wind.

  • How seriously are developers considering pairing offshore wind with green hydrogen or other green fuel production in US waters?
  • Why should OSW developers consider battery storage for their schemes?
  • Are these technologies vital to unlock additional profitability and revenue streams at offshore wind assets in a fast-evolving market? Or do they simply introduce a new element of risk that makes them difficult to finance in the current economic climate?
  • How can states reduce risk for developers?

Closing remarks & Networking Drinks

5:30 PM

Event ends

7:00 PM

Speaker opportunities

Interested in taking part of one of our events in a panel or fireside chat? Get in touch with the team and join a select list of leaders and visionaries who’ve spoken at our conferences.

The Financing Wind conference series features a “who’s who” of decision makers in wind and renewables in North America and Europe, leading edge topics and unparalleled networking. We wouldn’t miss it!

Gill Howard-Larsen, UL Solutions

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Registration

Registrations are now closed. We look forward to seeing you at future events.