Programme for Wednesday 22 July 2020

Our world-class Global Offshore Wind event has never been more accessible as we launch GOW V-Fest. This virtual festival will explore offshore wind’s role in the green economic recovery, energy transition and opportunities for innovation. Over three days, you will hear from experts sharing insights, knowledge and expertise on the latest developments in offshore wind in the UK, Europe and the world.

Our online conference programme is combined with a virtual exhibition hall to create a unique virtual networking experience for professionals, students and aspiring enthusiasts of the wind industry.  Quite simply: GOW V-Fest 22-24 July 2020 is the virtual place to be!

22 JULY 2020:  Economic Recovery

Offshore wind will have a significant role in the powering the international economic recovery, with the UK at the forefront of investment in a sustainable economy. Join these two sessions to hear about how industry is playing its part in helping the economy to emerge from the Covid-19 downturn, growing the supply chain and the future of renewable hydrogen. Learn from experts looking at the economic recovery from a global perspective, to consider opportunities and how to make the most of them in 2020 and beyond.

 09:30-10:05

 

10:15-10:45

INVESTMENT AND THE GREEN ECONOMIC RECOVERY: IS THE MONEY WHERE THE MOUTH IS?
Over the past months we all heard a great deal about the green economic recovery. What are the investment plans required to make this happen? What innovations will speed up this process? What will governments need to do to help? 

Live Q&A

             Chair

Hugh McNeal, Chief Executive, RenewableUK

 
Panellists Declan Burke, Director, Clean Power Strategy and Deployment, BEIS Lindsay McQuade, CEO, ScottishPower Renewables
  Dr Paolo Frankl,  Head of the Renewable Energy Division, International Energy Agency
Ray Thompson, Head of Business Development, Siemens Gamesa RE
   Andrew Jamieson, CEO, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult 
     

11:00-11:55

 

 

12:00-12:30

GLOBAL APPROACHES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Countries around the globe are setting their sights on green recovery. The renewables industry has a key role to play in this. How are countries intending to seize this opportunity and what is the size of the prize? This session will explore the role of governments and business in getting global economies back on track, what compromises might need to be made, and the specific role of the UK Government as COP President.

Live Q&A

      Chair Rebecca Williams, Head of Policy, RenewableUK
 
Panellists Ben Backwell,  CEO, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)
Benj Sykes, Vice President, UK Offshore, Ørsted
  Jonathan Cole, Managing Director, Iberdrola Renewables Offshore  Mary Thorogood, Senior Specialist Development, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
   Mary Quaney,  Group CFO and Executive Director, Mainstream Renewable Power Sven Utermöhlen, COO Offshore Wind and Member of the Board, RWE Renewables
     

 

14:00-14:30

GLOBAL MARKET UPDATES: UK & EUROPE 
Offshore wind is a global opportunity. This session will focus on updates from today’s biggest markets and emerging markets across the global. Join this session to learn about market opportunities as well as the regulatory, consenting and financial frameworks for offshore wind in each region. This session is the first of three over the course of GOW V-Fest and will focus on UK and Europe.

    Presenter Bahzad Ayoub, Senior Analyst, RenewableUK  
   

15:00-15:30

 

 

15:45-16:15

THE ROLE OF UK SUPPLY CHAIN IN THE GREEN ECONOMIC RECOVERY
A substantial UK supply chain has developed to support the construction and O&M of our offshore wind farms. The supply chain is geographically dispersed and as a result, clusters of innovation, industry and training are developing in coastal regions across the UK. How will these clusters respond and bring growth to coastal areas and regions therefore playing a role in the green economic recovery?

Live Q&A

       Chair
 Julian Brown, Vice President and UK Country Manager, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind  
Panellists    Martin Dronfield, Cluster Champion for East of England, All Energy Industry Council (AEIC) Andrew MacDonald, Programme Director, Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP) and Senior Innovation Manager at Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
  Joanne Leng MBE, Deputy Chief Executive NOF and Deputy Chair Energi Coast Helen Thomas, Supply Chain Manager (Sofia & Awel y Môr Offshore Wind Farms), RWE Renewables