Programme for Thursday 23 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!

23 July 2020:  Energy Transition

Offshore wind is growing across the globe, but what is the scale of the ambition and how far can it take us towards net zero? These two sessions will showcase RenewableUK’s Energy Vision and the latest outlook for the global offshore wind market. We will discuss how energy systems will change to accommodate increasing volumes of renewable electricity, including the role of demand side response and the potential for green hydrogen.




We are all enthusiastic for a new system that is zero-carbon and green – but how do we ensure we have the right infrastructure and systems? How can we manage high volumes of offshore wind? What needs to happen for us to reach our net zero targets?

Live Q&A


Marina Valls, Chief Economist, RenewableUK

Roisin Quinn, Head of National Control and ESO Chief Engineer, National Grid ESO

Andy Martin, Business Development Lead, ORE Catapult                                 
 Danielle Lane, Director, Portfolio & Transactions Offshore Wind & UK Country Manager, Vattenfall             


The industry is clear on the benefits of the energy transition and on what steps are required. But, how good are we at making the case for its role and contribution? How should it work with other industries? What stakeholders need to be influenced? And how?

    Chair Marina Valls, Chief Economist, RenewableUK  
Panellists Dr Graham Cooley, CEO, ITM Power  Filippo Gaddo, Director, Business and Investor Advisory and Cost Management Leader, Arup
  Jane Cooper, Head of Stakeholder and Regulatory Affairs, UK, Ørsted  




14:30 - 15:00


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 second of three over the course of GOW V-Fest and will focus on the USA.

Live Q&A

     Chair Bahzad Ayoub, Senior Analyst, RenewableUK  
Panellist Brandon Burke, Policy & Outreach Director, Business Network for Offshore Wind  


The UK is a leading market for floating offshore wind. With the Scotwind shortly due, and The Crown Estate's Round Four leasing process underway, 2020 is set to be an exciting year for the technology. Join this session to hear about the key opportunities from floating offshore wind and some of the challenges being addressed today to ensure this technology can deliver economic benefits across the UK and globally.

 Chair Adrian de Andres,  Head of Offshore Renewables Development, Xodus Group  
  Panellists Rassim Hariz, Principal Consultant and Global Head of Business Development, OWC  Rebecca Williams, Head of Policy & Regulation, RenewableUK
    Jay Sarma, Manager, Investments, Glennmont Partners