Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Next steps for UK wind energy: regulation, innovation and the offshore sector deal

Morning, Thursday, 12th July 2018

Central London


This timely seminar will bring together policymakers and key stakeholders to discuss the future role for wind energy in the UK’s energy mix.

Following the latest Contracts for Difference auction allocations, sessions will assess the opportunities created by the reduced generation costs for offshore wind, as well as how best to encourage innovation and attract investment in the sector.

Delegates will also consider the challenges for meeting the targets set out in the Clean Growth Strategy for development of the sector in the UK, and the Government’s plan for a transformative offshore wind Sector Deal by the middle of 2018 - looking at what might be needed to help reduce costs, increase productivity, and support local communities and economies.

Attendees will also examine the potential to trade offshore wind electricity internationally, with the sector in the UK taking the lead for more than half of the new offshore wind power capacity being developed in Europe.

Further planned sessions will assess the obstacles facing onshore development and the consequences for offshore wind farms as they move increasingly further out to sea - including issues around planning and engineering - and the costs incurred in doing so.

Guest of Honour

Matthew Taylor

Deputy Director, Clean Electricity, BEIS

Guest of Honour

Matthew Taylor

Deputy Director, Clean Electricity, BEIS

Keynote Speaker

Will Apps

Head of Energy Development, The Crown Estate


Baroness Featherstone

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change


Richard Smith

Head, Market Change, Electricity, National Grid

Mark Giulianotti

Managing Director, Green Investment Group

Stephanie Mann

Innovation Manager, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

Ross Fairley

Partner and Head of Energy, Power and Utilities, Burges Salmon

Barnaby Wharton

Head of Policy, RenewableUK

Tony Quinn

Fellow, Institute of Mechanical Engineers

Clark MacFarlane

Managing Director, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Mike Seaton

Director of Development, SSE