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Next steps for developing UK offshore wind generation - infrastructure, project investment, and priorities for innovation

Morning, Tuesday, 7th June 2022

This conference focuses on next steps for offshore wind energy in the UK.

Areas for discussion in the agenda include:

  • overview - current offshore wind generation ◦ progress towards meeting 2030 net zero targets ◦ the role of offshore wind in the UK energy mix & energy security
  • infrastructure & planning - Holistic Network Design ◦ resolving tensions between planning designs ◦ transmission ◦ substations ◦ coordination & cabling ◦ issues for local communities
  • supply chains - addressing UK capability shortfalls ◦ ports & laydown storage ◦ support ◦ resilience ◦ increasing work capture
  • innovation - floating offshore wind ◦ opportunities for data technology ◦ the potential for green hydrogen
  • market design - integration of offshore wind ◦ contracts ◦ investment ◦ the forthcoming Transmission Network Review
  • policy - priorities for maximising offshore wind across the UK in the long term ◦ assessing its role in energy security

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Colin Maciver, Head of Offshore Wind Development, Crown Estate Scotland; and Dr Nicola Higgins, Offshore Wind Programme Director, Renewable Electricity, BEIS.

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from BEIS; Department for International Trade; Department for the Economy, NI; DAERA, NI; Department for Infrastructure, NI; Department of Environment, Climate and Communications, ROI; Planning Inspectorate; Renewable Electricity; and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from both Houses of Parliament.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Nicola Higgins

Offshore Wind Programme Director, Renewable Electricity, BEIS

Colin Maciver

Head of Offshore Wind Development, Crown Estate Scotland

Keynote Speakers

Colin Maciver

Head of Offshore Wind Development, Crown Estate Scotland

Dr Nicola Higgins

Offshore Wind Programme Director, Renewable Electricity, BEIS


Wera Hobhouse MP

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group


Senior speaker confirmed from Mott MacDonald

Andrew Smith

Director, Greenbackers Investment Capital

Steve Jermy

Non-Executive Director, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP

Helen Quayle

Policy Officer, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Chris Willow

Head of Floating Wind, RWE

George Anstey

Managing Director, NERA Economic Consulting

David Wallace

Senior Strategy Manager, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

Professor Deborah Greaves

Director, Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy Hub; and Head of School, Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, University of Plymouth

Melissa Read

UK Offshore Wind Business Manager, Shell

Emma Andrews

Director, Burges Salmon