Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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

Morning, Tuesday, 19th May 2020

Central London


This conference will be a timely opportunity to examine the challenges and policy priorities for wind energy in the UK.

Areas for discussion include:

  • 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.

In takes place in the context of

  • The Queen’s speech reiterating 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 - aimed at maximising economic growth opportunities from the transformation to a green economy - ahead of its final publication in Autumn 2020; and
  • The Offshore wind sector deal aimed at the supporting the industry as it grows ahead of its first Annual Review expected in November.


We are pleased to include a keynote address from Declan Burke, Director, Clean Power Strategy & Deployment, BEIS.

Further speakers include Wafa Jafri, KPMG; Hugh McNeal, RenewableUK; David Wallace, Offshore Wind Innovation Hub; and senior speakers confirmed from Low Carbon Contract Company and National Grid.

The agenda

  • Policy priorities for the wind energy sector;
  • Prospects for the 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.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum conference has already attracted particularly strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; the Planning Inspectorate; the Health and Safety Executive; the Department for International Trade; the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; the Government Legal Department; The Scottish Government; the Welsh Government; and the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales.

Keynote Speaker

Declan Burke

Director, Clean Power Strategy & Deployment, BEIS

Keynote Speaker

Declan Burke

Director, Clean Power Strategy & Deployment, BEIS


Hugh McNeal

Chief Executive, RenewableUK

David Wallace

Senior Strategy Manager, Offshore Wind Innovation Hub

Senior speaker confirmed from National Grid

Senior speaker confirmed from Low Carbon Contract Company

Wafa Jafri

Director, Energy & Natural Resources, Deal Advisory, KPMG