AWARDS

Wind Investment Awards 2022

The flagship awards for the global wind industry. The awards bring together the industry’s top decision-makers at a black-tie dinner where we meet, connect with, and celebrate the best people and companies working in the global wind market.

MAY 26, 2022

About this event

The Wind Investment Awards celebrate best practices in the wind industry and help the sector and those working within it, to thrive. From the outset, the awards enable top industry players to forge strong business connections too.

Hosted in partnership with A Word About Wind, the awards bring together the industry’s top decision-makers at a black-tie dinner where we meet, connect with, and celebrate the best people and companies working in the global wind market.

View the 2022 winners.

Categories

Advisory of the Year

Do you give financial or technical advice that your clients in the wind industry couldn’t do without? Do you come up with innovative solutions that make things happen? Can you wow our judges with your track record of success in the last 12 months? Judges will be looking for an advisory firm that simply makes itself indispensable.

Asset Management Award

Have your decisions helped ensure the best possible return on investment throughout the lifetime of your wind projects? Has your approach to asset management helped boost profit margins? Have you found smart ways to reduce operating and maintenance costs? Our judges will be looking for a track record of asset management strategies.

Category sponsor

SkySpecs

Developer of the Year

Do your onshore and/or offshore projects outshine the competition? Can you show a track record of delivering value to energy buyers, communities, and shareholders? Have you completed a huge pipeline of projects or helped to take wind farms into new countries? Judges will be looking for a leading wind developer with a strong track record of delivering successful and profitable projects.

Category sponsor

OWC | ABL

Diversity and Inclusion Award

New for this year, the Diversity and Inclusion Award will recognise all those organisations that are making a difference in harnessing a truly diverse workforce and that excel in their commitment to equality and inclusion across all strands of diversity. This includes gender, race, sexual orientation, disability inclusion and gender identity.

ESG Initiative Award

New for this year, the ESG Initiative Award will focus on specific activities, strategies or internal policies that wind and renewable energy companies are implementing to drive strong performance on sustainability and ethics. We will assess entrants based on the impact they have in the three main pillars of ESG: environmental, social and governance.

Category sponsor

Prime Capital

Green Fund of the Year

New for this year and following the success of our Green Fund Power List in 2020, our judges will be looking to recognise the best funds that focus either solely on renewable energy, or direct significant money into renewables in broader Environmental, Social & Governance or Socially Responsible Investment funds.

Category sponsor

WindESCo

Investor of the Year

Have you completed a deal of outstanding size or complexity? Or are you introducing innovations that will change the way wind projects are financed? Then this is the category for you. Judges will be looking for a leading investor that demonstrates that they have achieved impressive results in wind over the past 12 months.

Category sponsor

Emergy

Law Firm of the Year – Global

Following the success of our Legal Power List, our judges will be looking for a leading law firm whose global practice has an impressive track record of making the tough deals happen worldwide.

Law Firm of the Year – Regional

Following the success of our Legal Power List, our judges will be looking for a leading law firm with an outstanding regional practice group with an impressive track record of making the tough deals happen in one specific region. For example, Europe, North America, or Asia-Pacific.

Lender of the Year

Do you work for a bank or other financial institution that is having a significant impact on the global wind sector? Are you lending the funds that make major deals happen offshore and/or onshore? Are you notable for the volume of funds you lend, or finding financial structures that rivals haven’t considered? Judges will be looking for a lender that can demonstrate their impressive results.

Category sponsor

Allen & Overy

Offshore Deal of the Year

Have you worked on the most exciting offshore wind deal of the last 12 months? Judges will be looking for a deal that wowed the offshore wind industry and will consider a wide range of deal types.

Judges might look into rewarding deals of particular relevance for each geography (Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Asia-Pacific).

Category sponsor

DNV

Onshore Deal of the Year

Judges will be looking for an onshore wind deal that demonstrates exceptional performance, including M&A, project finance, power purchase agreements and more.

Judges might look into rewarding deals of particular relevance for each geography (Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Asia-Pacific)

Category sponsor

UL Solutions

Rising Star of the Year

We want to find the professionals with less than 10 years and more than 5 years of experience in the wind sector who are achieving great results and are leading the industry. Judges will be looking for individuals that can show innovation, influence, and strong business performance.

Category sponsor

BlueFloat Energy

Risk Management Award

New for this year, the Risk Management Award aims to recognise excellence in risk management strategies and tools across the entire supply chain. Our judges will be looking for examples of progress and innovation in risk management in the past 12 months.

Category sponsor

ONYX Insight

Technology Innovation Award

Have you developed a product that is set to revolutionise the wind sector? Did you complete a project that shows others in the onshore and/or offshore wind industry how it should be done? Judges are looking for a firm or individual that is bringing exciting and profitable innovations to the mainstream.

Category sponsor

Luxcara

Shortlist

Advisory of the Year

  • Amsterdam Capital Partners
  • BVG Associates
  • DNV
  • Green Giraffe
  • Natural Power Advisory Team
  • UL Renewables Advisory Team
  • Wood Thilsted

Asset Management Award

Sponsored by SkySpecs

  • Exus Management Partners
  • RES Asset Management Team

Developer of the Year

Sponsored by OWC

  • Apex Clean Energy
  • ConnectGen LLC
  • Denham Capital
  • EDP Renewables North America
  • Ørsted

Diversity and Inclusion Award

  • DLA Piper
  • EDP Renewables North America
  • RES
  • Spencer Ogden

ESG Initiative Award

Sponsored by Prime Capital AG

  • Denham Capital
  • DLA Piper
  • Hannon Armstrong
  • Re:Wind by DNV
  • Star of the South

Green Fund of the Year

Sponsored by WindESCo

  • Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners / Energy Transition Fund by Spencer Stuart
  • Denham Capital by Denham Capital
  • Prime Green Energy Infrastructure Fund by Prime Capital AG

Investor of the Year

Sponsored by Emergy

  • 547 Energy
  • Allianz Capital Partners
  • Denham Capital

Law Firm of the Year – Global

  • Accura Law Firm – Renewable Energy
  • Allen & Overy
  • DLA Piper – Energy and Natural Resources Team
  • Linklaters LLP
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Law Firm of the Year – Regional

  • Baker McKenzie’s North America Renewable Energy & Clean Technology practice
  • Cirio Advokatbyrå AB – The energy team
  • DLA Piper – Energy and Natural Resources Team (Europe)
  • DLA Piper – Energy and Natural Resources Team (Africa)
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyrå AB
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • Sidley Austin LLP

Lender of the Year

Sponsored by Allen & Overy LLP

  • MUFG Bank Ltd.
  • NORD/LB, Structured Finance, Energy Europe team

Offshore Deal of the Year

Sponsored by DNV

  • Allianz’s investment in the Hollandse Kuest Zuid offshore wind farm by Allianz Capital Partners
  • Borkum Riffgrund 3 by Ørsted
  • C-Power debt restructuring by Green Giraffe
  • Greater Changhua 1 by Ørsted
  • Greater Changhua 1 Offshore Wind Project by Societe Generale
  • Vattenfall’s Sale of a 49.5% Stake in Hollandse Kust Zuid by Royal Bank of Canada
  • Vineyard Wind 1 by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
  • Vineyard Wind 1 by MUFG Bank Ltd
  • Vineyard Wind 1 LLC by Aon
  • Zhong Neng Offshore Wind Farm by MUFG Bank Ltd

Onshore Deal of the Year

Sponsored by UL

  • Apex Clean Energy and Plug Power by Apex Clean Energy
  • Nation Rise Wind Farm – Chi-Nódin Limited Partnership Equity Partnership Deal by EDP Renewables North America
  • Nexif Energy by Denham Capital
  • Önusberget wind farm by Luxcara
  • Project Aalto – Investment into Louhu and Möksy onshore wind farms which comprise 216 MW by Ilmatar Energy
  • 408 MW Greek onshore wind portfolio by 547 Energy International LLC and ENORA SA
  • Project Viiatti by Augusta & Co Limited

Rising Star of the Year

Sponsored by BlueFloat Energy

  • Ciara Lucas, DNV
  • Christine Byrnes, Troutman Pepper
  • Daniel Szentirmai, Renewable Power Capital
  • Emine Topal, Green Giraffe
  • Katherine Phillips, OWC

Risk Management Award

Sponsored by ONYX Insight

  • First American; Title Insurance Program for Vineyard Wind
  • HWF brokers transactional risk on $1+bln deal Project Danu
  • LiveDiligence, the client-facing platform for due diligence reporting

Technology Innovation Award

Sponsored by Luxcara

  • Independent Wind Asset Optimization by Sereema
  • GridScreen by NovoGrid – Optimal Grid Connection Identification
  • Schaeffler – Split Wind Main Bearing for Uptower Exchange
  • Shoreline Wind – The future of software for wind energy
  • SkySpecs’ Horizon Finance
  • The Hover Wind-Powered Microgrid (TM)
  • WindESCo Swarm

 

Winners

Advisory of the Year

Winner

BVG Associates

Judges’ Comment

For a small team they are doing really well at competing with very well-known, large, global advisors. It’s the smaller brands that are really up against it, and if they can win the work of these large corporates they should absolutely be recognised and acknowledged.

Asset Management Award

Winner

RES Asset Management Team

Judges’ Comment

The breadth of assets and clients they work for with clear, tangible results and the investment in systems and processes that they use for the benefit of their clients, sets them apart

Developer of the Year

Winner

Ørsted

Judges’ Comment

Ørsted is an impressive company with achievements worldwide, in various types of projects. They have been successful at mobilising capital, shapingthe way projects are arranged to facilitate the lowest cost of capital. It’s been hugely impressive to see that strategy unfold!

Highly Commended

ConnectGen LLC

Diversity and Inclusion Award

Winner

RES

Judges’ Comment

This was an outstanding entry. RES beautifully conveyed the multifaceted nature of what it actually means to be truly diverse and inclusive. RES run a great variety of initiatives that target specific issues faced by employees, with a strong commitment to continuous improvement, therefore achieving impressive results.

Highly Commended

Spencer Ogden

ESG Initiative Award

Winner

DLA Piper

Judges’ Comment

DLA Piper’s overall sustainability plan & the effort they make to lead in this area, whilst still supporting wider industry efforts, is impressive. There was clearly a lot of strategic thought behind this entry.

Green Fund of the Year

Winner

Prime Green Energy Infrastructure Fund by Prime Capital AG

Judges’ Comment

Prime is another example of an organisation that had a very good 2021, despite the challenges of covid. They have diversified both in terms of their types of funds and technology focus. They also recognise the value of long-term relationships with their investors. This team are performing very well in mobilising capital and putting it to work in the Nordics.

Investor of the Year

Winner

Allianz Capital Partners

Judges’ Comment

Allianz is one of the leading investors in the sector, with an experienced team and a proud track record. Their investment in Hollandse Kust Zuid stands out as a great achievement for a team of its size, due to the complexity and zero-subsidy offtake arrangements.

Law Firm of the Year - Global

Winner

DLA Piper Energy and Natural Resources Team

Judges’ Comment

A well thought entry, which shows how hungry they are to grow in the sector. The examples of thought leadership they provided as well as the evidence of the different markets they’re operating in, was very impressive.

Highly Commended

Accura Law Firm Renewable Energy

Law Firm of the Year - Regional

Winner

Baker McKenzie's North America Renewable Energy & Clean Technology practice

Judges’ Comment

Strong entry with diverse case studies. Their work on negotiating and structuring corporate renewable PPAs in North America stands out.

Highly Commended

DLA Piper Energy and Natural Resources Team (Africa)

Lender of the Year

Winner

MUFG Bank Ltd.

Judges’ Comment

They take a very leading role in some of the most significant transactions and markets all around the world and they do it in an innovative a pragmatic way. They don’t just advise, but they participate and get involved in the broader development of industry

Highly Commended

Nord LB

Offshore Deal of the Year

Winner

Vineyard Wind 1 by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Judges’ Comment

This was a truly ground-breaking deal due to its complex transaction structure, monetisation scheme, regulatory and financial complexities. Being a first of its kind – a big move for the industry.

Highly Commended

Vattenfall’s Sale of a 49.5% Stake in Hollandse Kust Zuid by Royal Bank of Canada

Onshore Deal of the Year

Winner

Apex Clean Energy and Plug Power by Apex Clean Energy

Judges’ Comment

This was a standout transaction, the first of its kind, that paves the way for many more deals of this type and showing a lot of promise for the advancement of green hydrogen in the US. The optionality of a renewable energy generation project not having to rely solely on the grid is transformational.

Rising Star of the Year

Winner

Ciara Lucas, DNV

Judges’ Comment

Forging a path in a new sector, Ciara is a role model for female engineers. Noteworthy is her broad sector experience, particularly in relation to more nascent sectors such as battery storage and e-Mobility. Very strong and comprehensive entry.

Risk Management Award

Winner

LiveDiligence, the client-facing platform for due diligence reporting

Judges’ Comment

An innovative and neat solution to speed up investment decisions. Great to see some pretty strong testimonials from well-established people within the industry, which worked well as powerful endorsements of what they are trying to achieve

Technology Innovation Award

Winner

The Hover Wind-Powered Microgrid (TM)

Judges’ Comment

Clear potential of a global application. Hover’s entry clearly highlighted costs and benefits to the wind industry.

‍Highly Commended

Schaeffler – Split Wind Main Bearing for Uptower Exchange

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