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Agenda Overview

Day One: Wednesday 27th April 2016

08:30 Registration & morning refreshments

09:00 Chairperson’s opening remarks

09:15 Keynote presentation

09:45 The impact of high liquidity levels on financing renewables projects: Are current levels sustainable?

  • Adjusting financing strategies in a market defined by high liquidity and competitive prices
  • How can banks find distribution channels for long-term debt?
  • Will there be a shift in where financiers will do deals, and how risk will be priced?
  • With high availability of bank debt, is there a place for project bonds?
  1. Mark Henderson, Director – Project Finance, Temporis Capital
  2. Harald Haas, Senior Investment Manager, Renewable Energy & New Technologies (RENT), MEAG
  3. Emma Haight-Cheng, Principal, Infrastructure Debt, AMP Capital
  4. Kees-Jan van de Kamp, Senior Portfolio Manager, Project Finance Investments, NN Investment Partners

10:30 Morning refreshment & networking break

11:15 Developers’ C-Suite panel: What should developers do to maximize the current high liquidity environment? 

  • Which sources of capital are developers targeting, and why?
  • How are deal structures evolving in a buyers’ market?
  • Are you happy with the deal terms you’re getting?
  1. Terry Ryan, Group Finance Director, Mainstream Renewable Power
  2. Giles Dearden, Director of Due Diligence, Natural Power

12:00 Equity investors: Who are the ideal participants in an equity group for a renewable project?

  • The rise of non-utility equity groups: What do newcomers offer traditional equity partners?
  • The evolving risk profile of offshore wind equity: What are the risks now?
  • What roles do utilities play in an equity consortium today?
  • Is capital getting recycled efficiently? Do utilities still have the balance sheet capacity for new renewables projects?
  1. Ole Kjems Sørensen, Head of Partnerships & Asset Management, DONG Energy Wind Power
  2. Ian Berry, Head of Infrastructure, Aviva Investors

12:45 Lunch

14:00 What impact is the UK government’s energy plan likely to have on the development of renewable energy projects?

  • Identifying new approaches to moving beyond subsidies, reducing cost and increasing yields to achieve efficient savings
  • Analysing future government support
  • What is the strategy to grow renewables without subsidies?
  1. Rory O’Connor, Managing Director, Head of Europe, BlackRock Renewable Power
  2. Neil Douglas, Director, Natural Power

14:45 Storage, balancing and capacity: Is a market being created?

  • How is increasing renewables capacity destabilising European power markets?
  • Who should take the lead in resolving the balancing issues between renewable and conventional baseload power?
  • How important is the co-development of storage projects and technology alongside new renewables capacity?
  • What are the most viable options to tackle renewables’ intermittency? Batteries, balancing mechanisms, international transmission cables, or a combination?
  • Is there a greenfield pipeline of bankable projects?
  • Who is likely to finance these assets?

15:30 Afternoon networking & refreshment break

16:00 Face to face, meet & greet networking roundtables

Your chance to meet and greet via small face to face sessions. The host will spend 15 minutes at each table before rotating to the next. There are no presentations or structured Q&A – this is a chance to recap and ask the questions you want in an informal and relaxed way before we break for drinks and dinner.

Your hosts will be discussing:

 Yieldcos in the European market - Is Europe a natural home?Institutional investor appetite for direct lending Privatisation of the Green Investment Bank - Risks & OpportunitiesBeyond Europe - Which markets are offering strong pipelines?The Contracts for Difference transition - Is it working?

17:30 Chairperson's closing remarks followed by drinks reception

Day Two: Thursday 28th April 2016

08:45 Morning refreshments

09:15 Chairperson’s opening remarks

09:30 Keynote address

10:00 Where would you spend your money

  • Which governments have had the most stable attitude to and relationship with renewables investors?
  • Which countries offer the best balance of risk and reward in 2016?
  • Which policies and subsidy regimes are working? Which ones aren’t?
  1. Guy Auger, Chief Executive Officer, Greensolver
  2. Ralf Rank, Chief Executive Officer, Europe, Brookfield Asset Management

10:45 Morning refreshment & networking break

11:15 What is offshore wind’s place in an increasingly price-competitive power market?

  • What new approaches to funding offshore wind have emerged across the EU in recent years?
  • Is development bank and ECA involvement necessary to attract commercial lenders to offshore wind projects?
  • What is the capacity for offshore wind in the UK and other markets in terms of volume?
  • Are the costs of offshore wind evolving as they should?

12:00 What is the future for multilateral bank involvement in European renewable energy projects?

  • Is there enough room for us all?
  • To what extent are development banks needed, given today’s market conditions?

12:45 Chairperson’s closing remarks followed by lunch and close of conference