Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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

Morning, Thursday, 12th July 2018

Central London


Taking place in the context of the latest Contracts for Difference auction allocations, the seminar discusses the role of offshore wind energy in the UK’s energy mix. Planned sessions will look at the prospects to expand and capitalise on the reduced costs, as well as how to promote future innovation in the sector.

Discussion is also expected on how the UK can develop the domestic sector in line with the targets set out in the Clean Growth Strategy and on government plans for a Sector Deal for the industry. Further discussion will take place on the potential to trade offshore wind electricity internationally.

Delegates will examine the challenges faced by the industry as wind farms are forced to move increasingly further out to sea, and the costs incurred in doing so. They will also consider the next steps for offshore development, and promoting innovation in the offshore wind sector. 

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


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