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Agenda Overview

Day One: Thursday, 22nd September 2016


8:00     Registration & morning coffee


8:45     Chair’s opening remarks

            Olivia Gagan, European Energy Correspondent, IJGlobal


9:00     Keynote Address: the changing face of renewable energy markets in Europe

IRENA will present findings of their latest work on changing market design for renewable energy and will share their perspective on European markets.

Henning Wuester, Director - Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) 




9:30     Reviewing recent developments in EU energy policy and the impact on renewables financing


  • Progress report on the implementation of the Energy Union strategy since its publication in November 2015:
    • To what extent are each member’s energy strategies aligned, and how far are we from achieving the vision of a single energy market?
    • Which markets are performing well, and why?  Which are facing challenges?
  • How is the renewables industry responding to new market mechanisms, such as the shift from tariffs to auctions?
  • Cross-border cooperation and interconnection:
    • Pricing challenges across different jurisdictions
    • Ramifications for national grid distribution
    • Risks and opportunities for developers, offtakers and other stakeholders
    • Examples of cross-border initiatives currently underway or in the pipeline
  • Exploring future possible policy developments and their potential impact on renewable energy finance


Tomas Gärdfors, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Frank Gordon, Senior Policy Analyst, Renewable Energy Association (REA)

David Kerins, Economist, European Investment Bank

Rob Mills, Head of Commercial & Investment, Ofgem


10:15   Morning refreshments and networking break




11:00   Institutional Investor insights: investment strategies in a low price environment


  • How sustainable is the current level of investor appetite for renewables?
  • How is the investor landscape evolving?
  • Drivers for identifying investment opportunities
  • How are institutional investors diversifying their portfolios across the life cycle of assets, and taking on different types of risk?


Ian Berry, Head of Infrastructure, Aviva Investors

Geoff Hoffheinz, Technical General Manager, Glennmont Partners

Christopher Mansfield, Partner, Head of Renewable Energy, Dutch Infrastructure Fund (DIF)

Jonathan Maxwell, CEO & Co-Founder, Sustainable Development Capital LLP (SDCL)

Dennis van Alphen, Head of Investments, Infrastructure, PGGM Investment Management

11:45   Moving renewables beyond subsidy - financing to PPA offtakers


  • Recent deals and structures involving corporate offtakers
  • Lessons learned
  • Perspectives on where the market goes from here


Bruce Huber, Managing Partner, Alexa Capital LLP

Ruth Kent, CFO Europe & Head of Power Marketing, Brookfield Renewable Europe (moderator)

François Sterin, Director, Global Infrastructure, Google

Nick Williams, Senior Originator, Centrica Energy


12:30   Networking lunch




14:00   Developer insights: financing strategies in a buyers’ market


  • In a climate of increasing liquidity and lower cost of capital and equipment, what criteria are developers using to select sources of financing?
  • How are developers’ financing strategies evolving?
  • Examining the use of:
    • Bank loans followed by refinancing via capital markets, or other loans
    • Mezzanine debt
    • Private placements via institutional investors
    • Financing through development banks
    • Bonds and other structures


David Maguire, Founder & Director, BNRG Renewables Ltd (moderator)

Mike O’Neill, CEO, Element Power

Kunal Patel, Head of Structured Solutions, DONG Energy Wind Power

Hiroshi Tachigami, President, Marubeni Europower Ltd




14:45   GERMANY: Developments in wind and solar, and upcoming regulatory changes – what are the implications for European renewable energy players?


  • The German government has released a reformed version of its Renewable Energies Act (EEG), which sees the country shift from a tariff to an auction subsidy support system: how will this affect project development?
  • How will the planned implementation of a ‘deployment corridor’, controlling renewables’ growth, affect the country’s attractiveness for renewables investors?
    • How should industry players with stakes in Germany be preparing?
  • Current trends, developments and projects in wind and solar
  • The role of public participation in project financing and regional co-op projects


Martin Berkenkamp, CEO, a2e

Johannes Busmann, General Manager, Prowind (moderator)

Daniel Egli, Senior Vice President, Origination Europe, HSH Nordbank AG

Hans Koeppel, Head of Unit, Foreign Policy Issues of Energy Transition, Federal Foreign Office, Germany


15:30   Afternoon refreshments and networking break


16:00   FRANCE: Trends and developments in the French renewables market, including recent tenders for storage


  • Recent policy developments in France to reduce nuclear generation and the implications for renewables
  • Trends in emerging technologies, such as Total's acquisiton of Saft battery manufacturer:
    • What are the implications for storage technologies, and associated financing and investment opportunities?
  • Recent solar and storage tenders for PV projects in France’s island territories
  • France’s offshore wind tender: where are we now and where are the opportunities for investors?
  • Onshore wind: what are the prospects under the energy transition law?


Céline Lauverjat, Investment Director, Mirova Renewable Energy Funds

Fabien Levaillant, Director, Energy & Infrastructure, BNP Paribas

Jean-Pascal Pham-Ba, Executive Committee Advisor, Solairedirect; Secretary General, Terrawatt Initiative

Peter Rossbach, Managing Director, Impax Asset Management (moderator)


16:45   Innovative Asset Management Strategies

Steven Hughes, Asset Management Director, RES Group


17:15   Chair’s closing remarks followed by networking drinks reception         


Day Two: Friday, 23rd September 2016


08:30   Morning refreshments



Join us for a Breakfast Briefing dedicated to the opportunities in our host market. Industry experts will outline their plans for reaching the ambitious targets for renewable electricity generation.


Jim Arigho, Senior Manager, Allied Irish Banks plc

Donal Murphy, Head of Infrastructure and Credit Investments, Ireland Strategic Investment Fund

Rory O’Connor, Managing Director, BlackRock; Head of Europe, BlackRock Renewable Power

Fintan Whelan, Director, Edge Electric Ltd, Emerging Markets Power Ltd, SolarCool




10:00   Offshore wind: growth forecasts, changing market dynamics, approaches to risk and innovative investment structures


  • Growth forecasts for offshore wind market in Europe:
    • For how long will the success story continue?
    • How sustainable are current levels of investor appetite?
    • Uncertainties surrounding Brexit
  • The changing profile of offshore wind investors
  • The role of project sponsors in developing new finance structures and taking on different types of risk
  • Lender perspectives on the key components of a successful deal structure
  • Analysing recent offshore wind deals:
    • How were they financed, and what were the outcomes?
    • Equity returns and debt pricing – what are the trends?
    • What do these deals mean for future project financings in 2017?
  • Emerging technologies for offshore wind – the next evolution?
    • Floating technologies - storage and distribution


Nick Gardiner, Head of Offshore Wind, UK Green Investment Bank

Mark Muldowney, Managing Director, Energy and Infrastructure, BNP Paribas

Clément Weber, Director, Green Giraffe


10:45   Morning refreshments and networking break




11:15   Floating turbines: project case study - Statoil’s first floating wind farm

Knut M. Aanstad, Head of Business Development - Renewable Energy, Statoil ASA


11:45   Exploring the potential of storage technologies:  commercial viability, risk factors, and possible financing structures


  • The current state of energy storage technologies:
    • In what stage of development are they, what are their current capacities?
    • Which geographical markets are leading the way in R&D and rollout?
    • What is the timeline for wide scale deployment?
  • The growth of the battery industry and what this means for renewable energy storage
  • How are utilities’ traditional storage models being combined with renewables?
  • Determining the commercial viability, profit potential, and investor appetite:
    • Who might be the likely investors?
    • How financeable are they?
    • What business models and financing structures are taking shape?
  • Identifying the risk factors: key criteria when evaluating the financing potential of a storage project


Simon Daniel, CEO & Founder, Moixa Technology

Frank Gordon, Senior Policy Analyst, Renewable Energy Association (REA)

Graeme Ludlow, MD, Energy Matrix


12:30   Chair’s closing remarks followed by networking lunch