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Agenda Overview

Day 1: Tuesday 8 September, 2015

08:30 Registration & morning coffee

09:15 Chairperson’s opening remarks

09:30 The European Commission’s plans for the future of Europe’s renewable energy infrastructure

  • What are the key challenges in developing an Energy Union and how is the Commission aligning national energy strategies of the 28 member states?
  • What role will renewables play in the development of the Energy Union?
  • Developing an investor-friendly environment for financing Projects of Common Interest: What initiatives are in place?
  • The foreseeable impact of the Junker plan on Europe’s energy infrastructure
  1. Kristian Ruby, Chief Policy Officer, EWEA
  2. David Kerins, Economist, European Investment Bank
  3. Moderator: Wouter Geldhof, Partner, Stibbe

10:15  Market data: The European renewable energy market in a global context

  1. Michael Waldron, Senior Renewable Energy Market Analyst, International Energy Agency

10:45 Morning refreshments and networking break

11:30 India opportunities and growth strategies in renewable energy

  1. Neeraj Menon, Partner, Trilegal
  2. Yogesh Singh, Partner, Trilegal

12:00 Europe’s secondary market for renewable assets: Who’s buying, who’s selling and at what prices?

  • Is competition for assets from existing and new market players creating a bubble in the asset values of renewable energy projects?
  • How early in the project life cycle are investors looking to purchase assets?
  • How are OEMs and international investors financing their acquisitions of renewable energy assets?
  • Exploring the investment methodologies of pension and life insurance funds: direct investments vs fund investments
  1. Moderator: Ian Berry, Head of Infrastructure, Aviva Investors
  2. Robert Pottmann, Head of Renewable Energy and New Technologies (RENT), MEAG Munich Ergo Asset Management
  3. Raphael Lance, Head of Renewable Energy, Mirova
  4. David Jones, Managing Director - Head of Renewable Energy, Allianz Capital Partners
  5. Peter Rossbach, Managing Director, Impax Asset Management

12:30 Lunch sponsored by Mercatus

13:45 What game changing business models or key innovations are occurring in distributed energy today? What has prevented our Amazon or Google equivalent from emerging?

  1. Moderator: Tim Buchner, Chief Operating Officer, Mercatus Inc.
  2. Dima Rifai, Chief Executive Officer, Paradigm Change Capital Partners
  3. Bruce Huber, Managing Partner, Alexa Capital
  4. Paolo Martini, Chief Strategy Officer, Building Energy 

14:30 Utilising asset performance insurance to enhance the bankability of green energy projects

  • The drivers for asset performance insurance for solar PV and energy efficiency projects
  • What are the key benefits for developers, financiers and investors in having asset performance insurance for a project?
  • How does asset performance insurance work to enhance credit risk?
  • Case study – The retrofit of energy efficiency technology into a hotel
  1. Paul Cullum, Product Development Manager, HSB Engineering

15:00 Afternoon networking and refreshment break

15:30 Perceptions on the current renewable energy financing landscape: In a market defined by high liquidity and competitive prices, how are bank lenders adjusting their strategies and appetite?

  • Project terms: Pricing and tenor offered by European banks and international lenders
  • What regions and sectors are offering the most attractive opportunities for finance? Are we seeing shifts in the emphasis of where lenders are doing deals?
  • How are banks pricing risk? What do yield targets look like?
  1. Moderator: Marc Schmitz, Senior Vice President, Rabobank
  2. Alejandro Ciruelos, Executive Director, Project & Acquisition Finance, Santander GBM
  3. Brad McAboy, Managing Director, Head of Project Finance & Capital Advisory, UniCredit Corporate & Investment Banking
  4. Ranjan Moulik, Global Head of Power & Renewables, Natixis
  5. Sacha Kamp, Assistant General Manager, Project Finance – Renewables, SMBC

16:15 CEE’s renewable energy potential: What factors are hindering the development of renewable energy in the region?

  • How lucrative is the region for investors? What factors have determined Poland’s success in attracting renewable investment?
  • What are some of the challenges facing developers active in the CEE?
  • Mitigating risks arising from unstable legislation surrounding renewable energy subsidies
  1. Johannes Busmann, Managing Director, Prowind
  2. Slawomir Przychodni, Country Manager - Poland, EnerCap Capital Partners
  3. Moderator: Kim Christian Köhler, Partner, Green Evolution Capital

17:00 Chairperson’s closing remarks followed by cocktail reception sponsored by Rabobank

Day 2: Wednesday 9 September 2015

08:45 Morning refreshments and breakfast briefing session: Investing in and developing renewable energy projects in India

  • Hosted by Trilegal, this briefing session will enable developers and financiers looking to gain valuable insight into the Indian renewables market. Topics to be discussed include:
  • Corporate/Commercial Aspects: bringing funds into India, structuring investments, raising domestic and offshore debt, exit strategies
  • Regulatory and Policy Aspects: Maximizing returns on investment, power market and offtake arrangements and key risks  in investing in renewable energy projects

09:30 Chairperson’s opening remarks

09:45 Offshore wind: Have costs and risk declined significantly enough to warrant the boom in projects taking place?

  • What is the most important risk factor when financing and investing in offshore wind?
  • How necessary is development bank and ECA involvement to attract commercial lenders to offshore projects?
  • Bard One and the key lessons learned from financing projects that have taken place in the European offshore wind market to date
  • How comfortable are institutional investors with investing directly into offshore wind?
  1. Moderator: Stephen Jennings, Executive Director, Power & Renewables, MUFG
  2. Martin Neubert, Vice President, Head of Commercial Transactions & Market Development, DONG Energy
  3. Nick Gardiner, Head of Offshore Wind, UK Green Investment Bank
  4. Jerome Guillet, Managing Director, Green Giraffe

10:30 Developing the Netherlands’ renewable energy potential through government support

  • Outlining the changes to the SDE+ tender process
  • What steps is the government looking at taking to reach the 2020 renewable energy targets set out in the National Energy Accord?
  • The Offshore Wind Energy Bill – How will the government facilitate the construction of a series of 700MW offshore windfarms between 2015-2019?
  1. Sophie Dingenen, Counsel, Amsterdam, Baker & McKenzie

11:00 Case study: Concentrated solar power - An economic and flexible solution for full market integration

  1. Dr. Stefan Linder, Head of Technology and Innovation, Alpiq

11:30 Mid-morning networking and refreshment break

12:00 Life after retroactive policy changes in the Mediterranean

  • What are the clean energy investment trends in Southern Europe?
  • How did the policy changes across the region impact project profitability?s
  • Are there opportunities for distressed asset investors?
  1. Janis Hoberg, Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

12:30 Chairperson’s closing remarks followed by lunch and close of conference