Programme 

 Join us for a day of market-leading insights into the size of the potential markets and the upcoming CfD auction; planning and grid development with opportunities based on new projects and new demand; how to attract investment into projects and latest innovations in operations and maintenance, repowering and asset management.

All this, in a safe, virtual environment, with a fully operational exhibition hall, live and on-demand sessions in our auditoriums, virtual chats and networking lounges.  

09:30 - 10:00                                                   

A1(i):  Onshore Wind in the UK: Open for Business….. What’s next?

After a five-year hiatus, the UK onshore wind market is open for business again. But the market is restarting in a post-Covid era where a green recovery is a national economic imperative. Our opening session will examine how the UK’s range of recovery policies are encouraging investment in renewables and what more we need to do to meet the UK’s net zero emissions target.

Chair Hugh McNeal, CEO, RenewableUK
Keynotes Sam Hall, Director, Conservative Environmental Network
10:15 - 11:00                                                                                                    

A1(ii):  Industry insight: The next generation of Onshore Wind

Following on from the opening session of Onshore20, hear from our panel of industry leaders on the sector’s priorities as we gear up for delivering new onshore wind capacity in the UK. From routes to market to planning, repowering, renewable hydrogen and batteries, our experts will tackle the challenges and opportunities in scaling-up for net zero.

Colin Robertson, Partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn
11:30 - 12:30                                                                                                                                                                                                  

A2:  How to invest in a changing market

The unprecedented changes in market outlook seen in 2020 are likely to impact investment decisions for the foreseeable future. The reopening of the CfD, combined with a sharp reduction in demand and prices as a result ofCovid is changing investor calculations. 

As the UK aims to boost clean energy investment as part of a green recovery, this session will discuss what models are most attractive to investors, longer-term price trends and how new technology development and electrification might further affect the market.     

  Clare Foster, Head of Clean Energy, Partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn
Sean McLachlan, Senior Director, Infrastructure Equity, Aviva Investors
Gauri Kasbekar-Shah, Director, Project and Infrastructure Financing, Natwest
                                                                                                                                                                                  

B2:  Building a net zero power grid

As we build more renewables to deliver a net zero economy, how we build and charge for the networks to support this is an increasingly important question.  With the recent publication of Ofgem’s RIIO T2 & ED2 frameworks, and charging reviews underway, the industry is grappling with how to deliver value for consumers and full decarbonisation of the energy sector. 

This session will explore the differing options for a net zero power network, how policy changes are impacting development and what is needed to deliver rapid transformation in this area. 

Colm Murphy, Market Change Delivery Senior Manager, National Grid ESO
Nicki Percival, RWE Renewables
 
14:00  - 15:00  

A3:  Delivering a new pipeline of Onshore Wind in communities

Onshore wind will be key in helping the UK reach net zero by 2050 at the lowest cost to consumers. But deploying the volumes we need to achieve our targets will require a delicate balance between gaining buy-in from local communities, and getting enough projects consented. 

The session will explore the different approaches to planning across the UK and will ask whether the UK’s current planning frameworks get this balance right given our net zero emissions target.  And how should the development process better engage and reflect the views of communities?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Chris Calvert, Executive Director, Pegasus Planning
Colin Innes,  Head of Planning, Shepherd and Wedderburn

B3: Health and Safety – Essential for Onshore Wind’s Future

With over 13GW of operational onshore wind projects, and the development of new business models, coupled with the forthcoming CfD Allocation Round, onshore wind continues to have a central role in expanding renewable generation as we transition to Net Zero.

Assessing, evaluating and mitigating risk over this life cycle is therefore fundamental as the Industry aims for zero harm as we grow the installed capacity, whilst continuing to operate established plant. SafetyOn, the onshore wind industry’s organisation for health and safety, will lead this session to explore key topics like leadership in health and safety, effective collaboration to identify and reduce risk, and at a time when C-19 has changed how we work, how to deal the unexcepted and the human side of our operations. 

16:00 - 17:00   

A4:  Share Fair: New projects, new opportunities

Be among the first to hear about how to re-engage with the opportunities from onshore wind.  

This session will offer attendees a unique opportunity to get a first-hand insight into onshore wind project development plans and a guide to the procurement time scales and processes.        

B4: Flex for successNew technologies and asset innovation

The UK boasts 8600 operational onshore turbines and a whole host of companies at the forefront of developing innovative practices and technologies to manage the onshore fleet.  

Join this session to explore how industry is rethinking asset ownership and using tools such as co-location, artificial intelligence, big data and other new technologies to ensure onshore wind assets are managed effectively and efficiently. 

Joanna de Montgros, Everoze
David McMillan, University of Strathclyde
  Iain Dinwoodie, Head of Advanced Performance Engineering, Natural Power
     
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