2020 Event Programme & Presentations

09:15 - 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
Panellists: Sam Hall, Director, Conservative Environmental Network
Ian Hunter, Managing Director Support Services UK&I,  RES
Lindsay McQuade, CEO, ScottishPower Renewables
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.


Chair: Melanie Onn, Deputy Chief Executive, RenewableUK
Panellists: Colin Robertson, Partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn 
Mark Vyvan-Robinson, Director of Solar and Onshore Wind, EDF Renewables
David Flood, Managing Director, Statkraft
Derek Hastings, Head of Onshore Projects, SSE Renewables
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 of  Covid 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. 


 Chair: Clare Foster, Head of Clean Energy, Partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn
 Panellists: Sean McLachlan, Senior Director, Infrastructure Equity, Aviva Investors
Gauri Kasbekar-Shah, Director, Project and Infrastructure Financing, Natwest Bank plc
Malcolm Paterson, Onshore Development Director, ScottishPower Renewables
Richard Russell, Group Commercial Director, RES
11:30 - 12:30       

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 focusing on 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.


Chair: Guy Nicholson, Head of Grid Integration, UK, Statkraft
Panellists:  Colm Murphy, Market Change Delivery Senior Manager, National Grid ESO
Rebecca Williams, Head of Policy & Regulation, RenewableUK
Nicola Percival, Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager - Grid, RWE 
Joe Dunn, Grid & Regulation Manager, ScottishPower 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 and the nature of developments and the technology we need to achieve our targets will require policy frameworks which actively promote and support appropriate schemes whilst respecting environmental and community interests. The session will explore the different approaches to planning across the UK and will ask whether the UK’s current planning frameworks get the balance right given our net zero emissions target Are communities and landscape interests being given too much influence? Does it really reflect where we should be in our response to the climate change emergency?     


Chair: George Baxter, Director, GreenPower International
Panellists: Chris Calvert, Executive Director, Pegasus Group
Colin Innes,  Head of Planning, Shepherd and Wedderburn 
Joe Penrose, Senior Policy Advisor for Onshore Wind and Solar, BEIS
Andrew Sloan, Head of Consent Strategy, SSE Renewables
Darren Cuming, Onshore Wind Development Manager, EDF Renewables
14:00  - 15:00  

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. With more sites coming to market, investment and job creation will follow – bringing with them exposure to potential hazards associated with operating across all parts of the country, at all stages of the life cycle of a windfarm, from development to decommissioning and even repowering.  This session will see an esteemed panel comprising industry, service suppliers and regulators come together to share expertise and experience as the sector embarks on ambitious growth plans into the 2020s.


Chair: Keith Wallace, Director, Service Region UK and Ireland, Vestas Northern & Central Europe & Vice Chair of SafetyOn
Panellists: Trevor Johnson, HM Principal Inspector of Health and Safety, HSE
Rhys Jones, Head of Technical Affairs, RenewableUK
Jill Lees, Director, Health, Safety & Environment, RWE 
Dan Thomas, Operations and Grid Director, Banks Renewables
David Armour, Director of HSEQ, Natural Power
16:00 - 17:00   

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. 


Chair: Barnaby Wharton, Director of Future Electricity Systems, RenewableUK
Presenters: Joanna de Montgros, Partner, Everoze
David McMillan, Senior Lecturer, University of Strathclyde
Iain Dinwoodie, Head of Advanced Performance Engineering, Natural Power
Tony Gannon, Head of Project Management ScottishPower Renewables
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