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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

Marina is RenewableUK’s chief economist. She leads thinking in the industry on renewable energy analysis by: producing original analysis and reports that support our advocacy and policy work; answering questions on issues about our industry’s economics and showcases our thought leadership on markets, future generation and deployments. She previously worked at Storengy UK, gas storage operator as a market analyst.

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

Roisin is Head of National Control for National Grid ESO. She is accountable for the real-time operation of Great Britain’s electricity system and the systems and processes that support it. Roisin joined National Grid PLC’s graduate programme in 2004, after graduating with a first from University College Dublin and winning one of the Engineering Graduate Association Medals. Since then, she’s held a number senior leadership roles across the group and she became the ESO’s Chief Engineer in 2020. Roisin is a member of the Advisory Group for Imperial College’s Energy Futures Lab, and Vice-Chair of the Board of RenewableUK. 

Danielle Lane, Director, Portfolio & Transactions Offshore Wind & UK Country Manager, Vattenfall   

Danielle is acting Head of Market Development for Vattenall’s Offshore Wind business unit.  She joined Vattenfall in 2018 in its London office as Head of Portfolio and Transactions with responsibility for developing the offshore wind pipeline in core markets and revenue opportunities to support subsidy-free projects.  She is also Vattenfall’s UK Country Manager with over 20 years’ experience in market and project development, energy policy and regulation. Danielle previously worked for Ørsted where she headed their UK regulatory and public affairs team, leading engagement with UK Government for the first CFDs awarded to UK offshore wind projects.  Latterly, Danielle worked in Boston, Massachusetts as part of Ørsted’s market entry team into the US offshore wind market.       

Andy Martin, Business Development Lead, ORE Catapult                  

Andy is responsible for business development at ORE Catapult and sits in the Operational Performance team, reporting to Chris Hill. Andy is a member of the senior management team in the ORE Catapult and is a board member of WEBS – the onshore Wind Energy Benchmarking Service – a joint venture between the ORE Catapult and Natural Power Consultants. Andy has wide ranging commercial, sales and business leadership experience in the offshore wind and communications industries. Experienced in Commercial negotiations, stakeholder negotiation and management as well as extensive experience of leading cross functional teams to conclude and implement complex deals. At ORE Catapult, Andy is responsible for several multi-million-pound programs including collaboration agreements with owner operators, the Floating Wind Centre of Excellence, the ‘Fit for Offshore Renewables’ (F4OR) supply chain improvement program for the UK wind industry and the Energy Transition Alliance with the OGTC.            


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?


Marina Valls, Chief Economist, RenewableUK

Marina is RenewableUK’s chief economist. She leads thinking in the industry on renewable energy analysis by: producing original analysis and reports that support our advocacy and policy work; answering questions on issues about our industry’s economics and showcases our thought leadership on markets, future generation and deployments. She previously worked at Storengy UK, gas storage operator as a market analyst.

Panellists Dr Graham Cooley, CEO, ITM Power

Dr Graham Cooley has been a director of ITM Power plc since June 2009. Graham joined ITM Power as CEO in 2009. Before that Graham was Business Development Manager in National Power plc and spent 11 years in the power industry developing energy storage and generation technologies. Before joining ITM Power Graham was CEO of Sensortec Ltd, founding CEO of Metalysis Ltd, a spin out of Cambridge University and founding CEO of Antenova Ltd.


Jane Cooper, Head of Stakeholder and Regulatory Affairs, UK, Ørsted

Jane Cooper is Head of Stakeholder Relations & Regulatory Affairs for Ørsted in the UK. She was previously Head of Economic Regulation for Orange UK and worked as an aerothermal engineer at Rolls Royce Industrial and Marine Gas Turbines in Coventry. She is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer.

 Filippo Gaddo, Director, Business and Investor Advisory and Cost Management Leader, Arup

 Filippo Gaddo leads Arup’s Business & Investor Advisory Team and has almost twenty years’ professional experience working for Government departments and major consulting firms. Filippo has led a number of major network investment projects’ assessments as part of regulated network transactions in the energy and water sectors, for example supporting companies in the acquisition of power, gas and heat distribution companies. Filippo has also worked with utilities, energy companies and government departments in the development, design and assessment of market mechanisms, tariff structure and new commercial / business models – for example supporting Government and Ofgem in the design of UK mechanisms and regulations. Filippo has managed and delivered vendor and buy side due diligence projects and coordinated with other disciplines and divisions to ensure timely delivery of good quality, effective policy decisions and consultancy support to clients.




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


Bahzad Ayoub, Senior Analyst, RenewableUK

Bahzad Ayoub is a Senior Analyst at RenewableUK and has over 8 years of experience working as an analyst in the Energy sector. Bahzad is responsible for the Project Intelligence Database, ensuring that the information is keep up to date and providing research and analytical data to members with regards to the offshore wind and marine energy sectors. Prior to joining RenewableUK he was an Energy Analyst at Visiongain where he was responsible for the production in depth forecasting reports on various sectors within the global energy industry. Bahzad holds a BA degree in History and Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies.


Brandon Burke, Policy & Outreach Director, Business Network for Offshore Wind

Brandon W. Burke, Esq. is the Policy & Outreach Director for the Business Network for Offshore Wind, the only nonprofit organization in the United States solely focused on advancing the American offshore wind industry and its associated supply chain. Mr. Burke plays a key role in defining and implementing the Network’s business development and policy strategy concerning the U.S. offshore wind industry on both Atlantic and Pacific Coasts. He is also the host of the Network’s podcast, Offshore Wind Insider, which features interviews and analysis concerning current policy and market developments impacting the U.S. offshore wind sector. He has delivered presentations on behalf of the Network in multiple states, and in Europe. Mr. Burke was previously employed by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, where he worked to advance New Jersey’s offshore wind program. Prior to that, he was employed as a trial attorney. 



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

Adrian is a civil engineer with extensive economics, finance and commercial experience having worked in academia, project development and consultancy sectors. Adrian has been involved in offshore renewables since 2010 and has worked across wave, tidal and floating and fixed wind both in technology development and project development capacities.  Adrian holds a PhD in techno-economic assessment of wave energy converters and has assessed and advised more than 10 wave & tidal technologies and more recently has been working in the development of floating and fixed wind projects across Scotland, England, Ireland and Japan.  Adrian has managed several innovation projects related to wave, tidal and floating wind, up to £2m and has managed multiple organisations and coordinated inputs from multiple people. Adrian was recognized in 2016 with the Young professionals Green Energy Award for his contribution to the Scottish renewables industry.


Rassim Hariz, Principal Consultant and Global Head of Business Development, OWC

Rassim Hariz is a principal consultant and the global head of business development within OWC. Rassim combines a unique offshore wind industry experience in both bottom-fixed and floating. He has worked for global developers, utilities and OEMs in both generation and transmission across Europe, US and APAC. He is also a Shadow Board member of RenewableUK.


Jay Sharma, Manager, Investments, Glennmont Partners

Jay Sarma sits within Glennmont Partner’s investment team with a primary focus on the origination and execution of equity investments in the offshore wind sector. Prior to joining the team in late 2017, Jay was an Associate Director in KPMG’s Power & Utilities M&A team where he led on offshore wind, energy transition, and wider renewable energy transactions across the UK and Europe.  


Rebecca Williams, Head of Policy & Regulation, RenewableUK

Rebecca leads RenewableUK's work to develop policy and engage stakeholders on the next steps in the energy transition. Rebecca specialises in market design, working closely with governments and regulators to effect change that will deliver renewable energy at the scale needed for net zero. In addition to mature renewables like onshore and offshore wind, Rebecca leads RenewableUK’s work to create the right policy framework to bring innovative technologies – such as floating offshore wind, tidal energy and electricity storage – to market.