Programme

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Time  
08.45 - 09.30

Registration, exhibition & networking 

 
09.30 - 10.30 

A1: Transforming the Future for Onshore Wind

The industry’s vision is of an energy market transformed by innovation and investment in onshore wind, which has a leading role to play in meeting our carbon targets and delivering the Government's Industrial Strategy. New technology and innovation mean that onshore wind can be at the heart of a clean, reliable and affordable energy system. Join us to hear from industry leaders who will discuss the key opportunities and challenges of delivering this vision.

  • Ted Talk Style Presentation and Chair: Emma Pinchbeck, Executive Director, RenewableUK
  • Sandra Grauers Nilsson, Vice President - Onshore Wind, Vattenfall
  • Lindsay McQuade, Chief Executive Officer, ScottishPower Renewables
  • Lucy Whitford, Development Director, RES
  • Jim Dollard, Executive Director, Generation and Trading, ESB
 
10.30 - 11.15

Coffee Break, exhibition & networking

 
11.15 - 12.30

A2: Delivering Subsidy Free 

How will the industry deliver “subsidy free” projects? What does it mean for developers, the supply chain, and the people who support them?

- Is high local content achievable when delivering low-cost projects?
- How will developers continue to bring costs down?

  • Chair: Fiona Hepplewhite, Energy Policy Manager, ScottishPower Renewables

  • Presenter: Filippo Gado, Head of Energy Economics, Arup

Panellists

  • Mark Knox, Director - Energy Strategy, SIMEC Group
  • Guy Mortimer, Head of Onshore Wind Development, Vattenfall
  • Carol Gould, Managing Director - Head of Power and Renewables, MUFG Bank
  • Dr Chris Spruce, Chief Engineer, GE Renewable Energy
B2: Smart and Flexible at All Ages

With over 7,000 operational turbines in the UK, onshore wind has a significant role to play as part of a flexible energy system. As the industry develops innovative solutions to maximise operational efficiency, how will these work best together? This session will explore the role of artificial intelligence, the opportunities afforded by digitisation and how these technologies can have a positive impact across the lifecycle of assets.

  • Chair: Daniel Mee, Senior Manager Energy Systems Architecture, Energy Systems Catapult

  • Presenter: Jo de Montgros, Co-Founder and Director, Everoze Partners Ltd

Panellists

  • Paul Usher, Business Development Director, Quorum Development
  • Rhiannon Marsh, Power Responsive Manager, National Grid
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch, Exhibition & Networking

 
14.00 - 15.15

A3: Repowering: Doing More with Less? 

With projects coming to the end of their initial lifespans, asset owners are thinking about their next steps. Dismantling our onshore assets risks missing our carbon targets, so the industry needs to ensure the sites already in use continue to be supported. During this session, RenewableUK will be sharing new, market-leading analysis showcasing the size and scope of the onshore repowering market. This session will also focus on how new technology and innovations can maximise site efficiencies.

  • Chair: Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables

  • Presenter: Marina Valls, Economist, RenewableUK

Panellists

  • Laura Fleming, Director Wind Farm Solutions - North Europe & Middle East, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
  • Kathryn Emmett, Solicitor, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
  • Karen Anne Hutton, Head of Innovation and Optimisation, RES

B3: Local Content and Local Communities

Thriving local supply chains will become increasingly important in securing community support for onshore wind. The Scottish and Welsh Governments are formulating new policy approaches to secure maximum economic benefit for communities, which include shared and local ownership proposals. At the same time, new market solutions are being developed which will drive collective consumer ownership. We will be exploring how local content and inward investment will be delivered alongside these proposals.

  • Chair: Morven Smith, Head of Community Investment, SSE

Panellists

  • Sarah Merrick, Chief Executive Officer, Ripple Energy
  • Jennifer Pride, Head of Onshore Renewable Energy Policy Team, Welsh Government
  • Lesley Black, UK Sales and Market, Function Leader, CS Wind UK
  • Lesley McNeil, Head of Wind Energy Policy and Development, Scottish Government
15.15 - 16.30

A4: Breaking Down the Barriers: What Next for the Onshore Industry?

The onshore industry is at a crucial point. We need your input on how the industry addresses key challenges.

  • Chair and Scenario Setting: Emma Pinchbeck, Executive Director, RenewableUK

Moderator:

  • Sam Richards, Director, Conservative Environment Network
  • Euan Hutchinson, Principal Consultant – P&DS, Natural Power
  • Esbjörn Wilmar, Chief Executive Officer, Infinergy Ltd

Workshop discussion:

  • Routes to market to secure profitable projects
  • Supporting local supply chains 
  • Fostering political support locally and nationally
  • Securing a favourable planning framework