Offshore Wind Conference, Exhibition & Dinner 2020 Programme

Day 1
Time
Details
13:30

Registration, Networking & Exhibition

13:30

Plenary 1

Bringing the economic benefits home

Projects in Scottish waters are finally starting to build out, and with them comes economic impact which spreads far further than the ports and harbours along our east coast. The lessons we will learn from these offshore wind projects will help us understand how to increase productivity and drive innovation - critical elements of a strong Scottish economy. This session will explore offshore wind’s industrial impacts across the UK and explore how successes in places like the Humber and East Anglia can be reproduced in Scotland. 

Chair
Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables 

Ministerial Address
Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity & the Islands, Scottish Government

Speakers
Jim Smith, Managing Director, SSE Renewables
Benj Sykes, UK Country Manager - Offshore, Ørsted
Rainer Broering, Industrialization and Supply Chain Strategy Leader, GE Renewable Energy

Q & A

14:40

Networking, Exhibition & Refreshments

15:20

Plenary 2A

Market outlook: Scotland, UK and the world

Industry is ramping up to deliver at least 30GW by 2030 - but with the price of offshore wind tumbling, ambitions are rightly growing. Contracts for Difference will remain key, but is change on the horizon? And with new sites needed, how are the Scottish and UK Government auctions for new site leases shaping up?

Chair
Fabrice Leveque, Senior Policy Manager, Scottish Renewables 

Speakers
David Pratt, Head of Planning & Strategy, Marine Scotland
John Robertson, Head of Energy & Infrastructure, Crown Estate Scotland
Mandy Gloyer, New UK Offshore Sites Manager, ScottishPower Renewables

Q & A 

16:20

Comfort Break

16:30

Plenary 2B

Supply chain: opportunities for growth

With new projects underway along Scotland’s coasts, attention has rightly turned to building a supply chain for the long term. Two Scottish clusters have been formed to capitalise on new opportunities coming from the Sector Deal struck with the UK Government in 2019. The Offshore Wind Growth Partnership is one of these opportunities; so join this session to find out how it, and other new initiatives from the Scottish Government, will help Scotland build on its strong supply chain foundations.

Chair
Nick Sharpe, Director of Communications & Strategy, Scottish Renewables

Panellists
Andrew MacDonald, Programme Director, Offshore Wind Growth Partnership
Paul O’Brien, Senior Development Manager, DeepWind
Allan Taylor, Head of Renewables Supply Chain, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Isla Robb, SE Wind Lead, representing Forth & Tay Offshore
 

Q & A

17:30

Day 1 closing remarks

Closing remarks
Morag Watson, Director of Policy, Scottish Renewables

Following the close of day 1, all delegates, exhibitors and speakers are invited to join the Conference Dinner at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow. 

Day 2
Time
Details
08:45

Registration, Networking & Exhibition

09:15

Plenary 3

Power from the seas: offshore wind’s place in Scotland

Scotland’s offshore wind story is well underway, delivering economic benefits across the country, with the potential for much more. With Scottish and UK climate ambitions 
upped to target net-zero emissions, what is the role of offshore wind in the future energy mix and what opportunities and challenges lie ahead as we strive to deliver more projects in Scotland’s seas?

Chair
Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables

Speakers
Professor Keith Bell, Committee on Climate Change 

Panellists
Zoë Keeton, Head of Regulation and Policy, innogy Renewables UK
Dan Finch, Managing Director, EDP Renewables
Colin Maciver, Development Manager, Crown Estate Scotland / Project Manager, Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council (SOWEC)
 

Q & A

10:30

Exhibition, Networking & Refreshments

11:15

Parallel 4A

Planning for sustainable growth

With deployment and ambition growing, how can we grow Scotland’s offshore wind industry while remaining sensitive to the environment in which it operates? With a number of cross-industry programmes underway to improve the data available on the marine environment and better quantify potential impacts, this session will explore how improving our understanding of the marine environment can support future deployment.
 
Chair
Stephanie Conesa, Policy Manager, Scottish Renewables
 
Speakers
Brian McFarlane, Head of Projects - Offshore Development, SSE Renewables
Dr Janelle Braithwaite, Senior Policy Officer - Marine Planning and Policy, Marine Scotland
Liam Leahy, Offshore Wind Manager, The Carbon Trust
Robin Cox, Environmental Specialist, Vattenfall

Gary McGovern, Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP

Q & A

11:15

Parallel 4B

Solving the integration challenge

How do we effectively and efficiently build towards 30GW, then 50GW or more of offshore wind on the UK grid? Integrating and optimising the rapidly-expanding offshore wind fleet onto the grid presents challenges and opportunities that lie at the heart of achieving a net-zero economy. This session will examine those challenges and some of the key technologies which are coming on-stream to address them.

Chair
Andy Hogg, Head of Energy Industries Division, Scottish Government 

Speakers
Dr Zeynep Kurban, Strategy Manager – System Integration of Renewables, ORE Catapult
Dr Graham Ault, Executive Director, Smarter Grid Solutions
Lorna Archer, Project Officer, Energy Futures, SGN
Dr Callum MacIver, Programme Manager - Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub, University of Strathclyde
 

Q & A

12:30

Networking Lunch & Exhibition

13:45

Parallel 5A

Tackling the barriers

Scotland’s geography and climate present unique opportunities and challenges to the industry. Is our transmission system up to the task, and how can we coexist with other marine users? Can finance help further reduce the cost of energy and what innovative approaches are needed in our deeper waters and higher wind speeds? Join this session to hear about some of the industry’s key barriers and how they are being tackled in Scotland’s dynamic industry.

Chair
Mike Hay, Commercial Director, RIDG

Speakers
Gavin Smart, Head of Insights, ORE Catapult
Christianna Logan, Director of Customers and Stakeholders, Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks Transmission
Martyn Tulloch, Solution Centre Manager, OGTC
Lorraine Monaghan, Interface Manager, K2 Management
 

Q & A

13:45

Parallel 5B

Tomorrow’s tech Top Trumps

A quick-fire round of the latest innovations making waves in offshore wind. 
From AI to zero-carbon, this session will examine some of the new technologies and fresh approaches to old problems that will be essential if offshore wind is to realise its potential and capture the huge economic opportunity in the UK supply chain.

Chair
Zoe Barnes, Strategy Manager, Everoze

Speakers
Claire Canning, OWGP Programme Manager, ORE Catapult
Steve Chisholm, Operations Director, Global Energy Group
Jacqueline Morrison, Business Development Lead, Cedeco
David Latimer, CEO, Magnomatics
John Giles, Technical Director, W3G Marine
Ty Burridge-Oakland, Managing Director, Cognitive Business
Gaby Amiel, CEO, Sennen Tech
Jack Hughleigh, Technical Director, Smart Component Technologies

Q & A

15:00

Exhibition, Networking & Refreshments

15:45

Plenary 6

Project updates

Quick-fire round of updates from the developers of offshore wind projects in the planning and development phase around Scotland, giving an insight into the upcoming development pipeline for the Scottish sector.

Chair
Morag Watson, Director of Policy, Scottish Renewables

Speakers
Mark Timmons, Offshore Bid Manager, SSE Renewables
Matthias Haag, Project Director - Neart Na Gaoithe, EDF Renewables
Adam Ezzamel, Project Director - Inch Cape, Red Rock Power Limited
Adam Morrison, Project Director - Moray West, EDP Renewables 

Q & A

16:45

Closing remarks

Morag Watson, Director of Policy, Scottish Renewables

17:00

Event close

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