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Wind energy in the UK - offshore development, finance, innovation, and policy priorities

Morning, Tuesday, 19th May 2020



***Taking Place Online***

This conference will be a timely opportunity to examine key issues and policy priorities for wind energy in the UK, focusing on:

  • development of offshore assets;
  • prospects for future finance and regulation;
  • supporting and utilising innovation; and
  • the role of wind in the future low carbon energy mix.

Areas for discussion:

  • Policy for supporting wind sector development and growth, including discussion on future financing, regulation, and meeting the skills needs of the sector;
  • The planning system and the public engagement in the development of wind farms - with the CCC’s call for new and compelling narratives;
  • Growing the contribution of wind energy to reaching the UK’s net-zero carbon emissions goal and renewable energy capacity targets;
  • Increasing engagement and collaboration with local businesses and supply chains - including with ports and local authorities in assembly and maintenance of offshore wind assets; and
  • Support for innovation in smart grid technology and energy storage and creating more reliable supply from wind farms across the UK; and
  • Assessing advances in efficiency, infrastructure, engineering methods, and technology.

Developments that are relevant to the discussion:

It takes place with:

  • consultation on proposed amendments to the CfD scheme for 2021 - including reintroduction of Pot 1 auctions and proposals to extend CfD deliver schemes to 2030;
  • the Offshore wind sector deal aimed at the supporting the industry as it grows ahead of its first Annual Review expected in November
  • reiteration of the Government’s commitment to support offshore wind to generate 40GW by 2030, and enable new floating turbines;
  • UK targets for achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 and the Chancellor’s Net Zero Review - ahead of its final publication planned for Autumn 2020;
  • the £90m funding allocation by government aimed at cutting carbon emissions from households and businesses, of which £20m is specifically for funding local smart energy projects UK-wide; and
  • the Committee on Climate Change Behaviour change, public engagement and Net Zero.

The agenda:

  • Policy priorities for the wind energy sector;
  • Finance and regulation of wind energy - attracting investment, CfD modification, supply chain competitiveness, and flexibility;
  • Wind energy and the pathway to net-zero emissions in the UK by 2050;
  • Building a smarter energy grid to support a low-carbon energy system; and
  • Addressing the delivery and engineering challenges of wind energy in the UK - planning, public engagement, and innovation.

Policy officials attending

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stake holders. 

Especially with this one. Places have been reserved by officials from the BEIS; the Committee on Climate Change; the Department for International Trade; the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; the Government Legal Department; the Health and Safety Executive; the Office of the Secretary of State for WalesThe Planning InspectorateThe Scottish Government and the Welsh Government

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a permanent record of the proceedings is made available to all delegates afterwards, including a recording of the addresses, all available slides, and further materials
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Declan Burke

Director, Clean Power Strategy & Deployment, BEIS

Keynote Speakers

Mike Hemsley

Team Leader, Carbon Budgets, Committee on Climate Change

Declan Burke

Director, Clean Power Strategy & Deployment, BEIS

Senior speaker confirmed from National Grid


Rebecca Barnett

Deputy Director, Commercial, Assurance, Systems and Networks, Ofgem

Chris Anderson

Chief Executive Officer, 4C Offshore

Hugh McNeal

Chief Executive, RenewableUK

Brian McFarlane

Head of Projects, Offshore Development, SSE Renewables

Julian Walker

Chief Commercial Officer, Associated British Ports

David Wallace

Senior Strategy Manager, Offshore Wind Innovation Hub

Ruth Herbert

Director of Strategy and Development, Low Carbon Contracts Company

Wafa Jafri

Director, Energy & Natural Resources, Deal Advisory, KPMG