CONFERENCE

Financing Wind

Onshore & Transmission

SEPTEMBER 21, 2023 | DENVER, US

For the people creating the
future of onshore 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 Onshore and Transmission drives to understand the ever-changing US energy market as well as exploring US renewable targets, maximising growth and the ongoing challenges of transmission.

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

Join us on September 21, 2023, to discuss the current state and future of the onshore wind industry in the United States. The conference will feature a series of expert panel discussions and keynote presentations on topics such as the challenges facing the industry, asset management strategies, repowering projects, corporate power purchase agreements, tax equity, and the role of battery storage in solving grid issues. With insights from industry leaders and networking opportunities throughout the day, this event is a must-attend for anyone interested in the onshore wind sector. (Times are MST).

PANEL DISCUSSION

State of Onshore Wind in the US

9:10 AM

The panel discussion will focus on the current landscape for onshore wind developers and investors in the US, where installations were down 37% year-on-year in 2022.

Companies are facing short-term challenges, including inflation, supply chain constraints, and the implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act. However, there are also long-term structural challenges for the sector, including the rise of utility-scale solar and how stable policy support via the wind production tax credit (PTC) since the mid-2010s has sparked a development boom that has caused pressure on interconnection queues and transmission grids. What are the prospects for onshore wind in the US in 2024 and beyond?

PANEL DISCUSSION

The Transmission Challenge

10:10 AM

The Inflation Reduction Act will provide further support for the development of wind and associated sectors, including green hydrogen. But it will also exacerbate long-standing challenges with the US transmission grid, including long interconnection queues and an ailing transmission infrastructure. Will the IRA and complementary legislation such as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law help unblock these bottlenecks? Could more be done? And should developers be looking at ways around these grid challenges, including the use of battery storage and green fuel production technology?

EVENT STARTS IN
December 31, 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

Join us on September 21, 2023, to discuss the current state and future of the onshore wind industry in the United States.

The conference will feature a series of expert panel discussions and keynote presentations on topics such as the challenges facing the industry, asset management strategies, repowering projects, corporate power purchase agreements, tax equity, and the role of battery storage in solving grid issues.

With insights from industry leaders and networking opportunities throughout the day, this event is a must-attend for anyone interested in the onshore wind sector.

(Times are MST).

NETWORKING

Welcome Drinks Reception (Wednesday, 20th September)

5:00 PM

Hosted at The Four Seasons Hotel Denver as an opportunity for Tamarindo Members to network ahead of the conference the following day.

NETWORKING

Check-in & Networking Breakfast (Thursday, 21st September)

8:00 AM

PRESENTATION

Welcome Presentation

8:50 AM
  • Adam Barber, CEO, Tamarindo

PRESENTATION

Welcome Presentation – Co-Headline Sponsor, Holland & Hart

8:55 AM

PRESENTATION

Welcome Presentation – Co-Headline Sponsor, Scout Clean Energy

9:03 AM

PANEL DISCUSSION

State of Onshore Wind in the US

9:10 AM

The panel discussion will focus on the current landscape for onshore wind developers and investors in the US, where installations were down 37% year-on-year in 2022.

Companies are facing short-term challenges, including inflation, supply chain constraints, and the implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act. However, there are also long-term structural challenges for the sector, including the rise of utility-scale solar and how stable policy support via the wind production tax credit (PTC) since the mid-2010s has sparked a development boom that has caused pressure on interconnection queues and transmission grids. What are the prospects for onshore wind in the US in 2024 and beyond?

PANEL DISCUSSION

The Transmission Challenge

10:10 AM

The Inflation Reduction Act will provide further support for the development of wind and associated sectors, including green hydrogen. But it will also exacerbate long-standing challenges with the US transmission grid, including long interconnection queues and an ailing transmission infrastructure. Will the IRA and complementary legislation such as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law help unblock these bottlenecks? Could more be done? And should developers be looking at ways around these grid challenges, including the use of battery storage and green fuel production technology?

NETWORKING

Networking Coffee Break

11:10 AM

INTERVIEW

Energy Procurement Strategies

11:40 AM

The interview will focus on evolving energy procurement strategies that meet the needs of owners, operators and power purchasers. We will be covering areas such as;

  • Market volatility and energy trading strategies
  • Commercialisation in hedging
  • Integration of solar, wind & battery technologies
  • Future viability of long term corporate PPAs

PRESENTATION

Technology to Manage Risk

12:00 PM

Continuing challenges impact the industry in supply chain, OEM financial health, power pricing and turbine reliability. These are hampering the scale up of wind. ONYX recently surveyed 50 senior leaders regarding these challenges and discuss these findings, as well as investments being made in technology to manage risk with brief examples of how financers in the industry can impact forward costs.

FIRESIDE CHAT

Repowering: What are the challenges for owners and operators?

12:15 PM

This session will focus on repowering, including the opportunities that have arisen because of the Inflation Reduction Act and challenges for progressing projects. Talking points include:

  • What do lenders need to evaluate a project for repowering finance?
  • Has the IRA changed the picture for repowering projects?
  • How will slim manufacturer margins affect the turbine market?
  • The 80/20 rule
  • Use of storage, green fuels etc.
  • Permitting / transmission challenges

NETWORKING

Networking Lunch Break

1:15 PM

Sponsored by Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind

PRESENTATION

Wind and solar trends: How has the renewable energy market shifted in the past year?

1:45 PM

Wind and solar farms produce huge amounts of data that are rarely used to their full potential. Clir leverages over 200 GW of operations and risk data to identify performance and risk benchmarks for the industry. And as the industry changes at unprecedented speed due to new investments — and farms and turbines are being built on scales that have never been seen before — it’s a critical time to analyse risks, challenges and opportunities for wind and solar.

  • How has the industry grown in the past year? What challenges has the industry faced?
  • What are the new risks facing wind and solar energy? How are best-in-class owners mitigating these risks?
  • How have industry performance benchmarks shifted? What is causing these changes?

PANEL DISCUSSION

Corporate PPAs: Where is the Corporate Offtake market heading?

2:00 PM

This panel will focus on corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) and how the market is evolving in response to growing corporate demand, new structures and market volatility.

  • Why is the PPA market still dominated by a handful of tech giants?
  • Are wind farms struggling to attract off-take deals against solar farms?
  • How is increased volatility affecting PPA pricing and deal structures?
  • How do transmission delays affect corporate offtakers’ decisions?
  • Transmission: How are long queue wait times affecting PPA pricing negotiations?
  • Looking at greenwashing claims and genuine energy load offsetting 
  • Are corporations starting to ask for more and are renewable energy credits made the same?

NETWORKING

Networking Tea Break

2:45 PM

PANEL DISCUSSION

Equity and Tax Equity

3:15 PM

This panel will focus on the impact of changes to tax equity in the IRA, including the topic of tax equity transferability. Areas for discussion include:

  • Do we have clarity on what transferability means?
  • Is transferability going to have a radical impact on the tax equity market?
  • What are the future prospects for traditional tax equity structures?
  • Do inflation and market volatility have an impact on tax equity?
  • What are the most significant trends in US equity deals?
  • Do equity investors have the same concerns as tax equity investors?

PANEL DISCUSSION

The role of battery storage to solve the grid issues

4:15 PM

This panel will focus on the role that battery storage can play in the portfolios of companies investing in the wind sector, both standalone and hybrid projects. Topics for discussion include:

  • Will wind-and-storage schemes ever be as popular as solar-and-storage?
  • How attractive are battery assets for wind developers and investors?
  • Are battery assets helping reduce congestion and curtailment of wind energy; and supporting the rollout of more wind farms on grids across the US?
  • Should wind operators look to other technologies, such as green fuel production, to deal with curtailment and grid challenges?
  • How can battery storage assist with transmission issues?

NETWORKING

Closing remarks / Networking drinks

5:00 PM

Taking place at the Pool Terrace. Attendees will enjoy a 2h networking reception.

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

Event information

Plan your visit
Accommodation

The event will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver, 1111 14th St, Denver, CO 80202, United States.

We have partnered with the 5-star Four Seasons Hotel Denver to offer discounted rooms.

To book over the phone, call the reservations team on +1 (303) 389 3300 and quote ‘Financing Wind Onshore’ to redeem the discounted rate.

The reservations team can be reached Monday – Friday 8:00am – 6:00pm, or Sat/Sun 9:00am – 5:00pm (Mountain Standard Time).

*To book rooms before or after the event dates (20th-21st Sept) or upgraded rooms the reservation should be made over the phone, these cannot be booked online.

Directions
‍Bus and Rail

Union Station is a 15-minute walk from the venue.

16th and Stout Station is a 9-minute walk from the venue.

Both stations have connections to bus and rail routes across the city.

Plan your journey using the Regional Transport District website here.

Hotel parking

Daily valet parking is available at the hotel for USD 60 per day with unlimited in-and-out privileges.

Nearby parking

Park Chirp located 111 15th St, Denver, CO, USA

Parking.com located 1401 Lawrence St, Denver, CO, USA

Registration

Registration is now closed.

Please contact the team events@tamarindo.global with any queries.