2nd Annual Wind Power Transmission & Distribution Conference
May 20-21, Manchester, UK
Proposed Agenda. All speakers invited unless confirmed
WINDS OF CHANGE – GOVERNMENT STRATEGY FOR THE WIND POWER T+D MARKET 2010
*What will the Wind Power T+D Market look like under each of the Main Political Parties and what
impact will that have on your business?
-Key insights into Lib Dem, Labour and Conservative policy in Offshore Transmission Ownership
-Hear about each party’s overarching policy in Wind Farm Transmission & Distribution, Round 3 and
Grid Infrastructure Development
-Understand how each will meet 2020 targets, in a reasonable, governable and economically viable
-What investments and guarantees are each of the Parties making in wind farm T+D infrastructure
development going forward?
Labour: Ed Milliband Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
Lib-Dem: Simon Hughes Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.
Conservative: Charles Hendry, Shadow Minister for Energy
OFFSHORE TRANSMISSION OWNERSHIP – THE OFTO REGIME
WHAT WILL THE ENDURING DOCUMENT LOOK LIKE AND WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS FOR
*Unpicking the Complexities of OFTO. How To Make it Work Across All Stakeholders?
-The Enduring Transmission Regime and the Nature of OFTO in 2010 and Beyond.
-Understand How the Relationship Between Developer-OFTO-Regulator Can Be Optimised in the best
interests of the Wind Farm and all parties
-Understand how a Developer can best derisk the project when he does not have full ownership and
overview of the project. How to balance incentivisation of OFTO with the derisking of the Developer?
-An appraisal of the relationship between OFTO and Developer and how it can best play out when there
is no contractual link between them.
Speaker: Duarte Figueira, Head, Office for Renewable Energy Deployment, DECC
Or Lorraine Hamid, Head of Future Networks, DECC
*Developer Response to the OFTO Regime: What is the Holy Grail ForThe Developer, And Is That
Possible Within The Proposed Paradigm?
-What guarantees can be given to developers to Progress offshore transmission design and consent on
behalf of a future OFTO?
-Assess the risk of stranded work where the OFTO has a different idea for a modus operandi
-Evaluate the ideal paradigm of operation of OFTO from the point of view of the developer.
-Clarifying potential ideas for modifying and improving the Regime in a way that would benefit the
developer and all parties
Speaker: John Gaffney, Head of Electrical Systems, RWE NPower
*Understanding Your Key Project Partner - Putting a Face to a Name - > Who Are The OFTOs and
What Is Driving Them?
-Appraising 2 leading OFTOs
-Understanding their background and what they will bring to the table
-Clarifying what investments they are making to ramp up engineering expertise in remote offshore
transmission systems in a tough and unchartered marine environment
-Evaluating how are they going to make Wind Farm T+D work operationally and economically?
Speakers: Chris Veal from Transmission Capital and Iain Cameron from Frontier Power.
*Panel Discussion: A Brave New World: How do we attain Utopia for all stakeholders in Offshore
Transmission Against an Unforgiving Economic Backdrop. Developer-OFTO-Regulator Debate !!
-A 45 minute Panel Debate between the main players with questions from the floor
-An exciting opportunity to join the debate and potentially influence policy for the Enduring Transmission
-Make your Opinion Count and Be Heard.
Panellists: David Hodkinson, Head of UK Development, Vattenfall or Goran Dandanell
Chris Veale, MD, Transmission Capital
Bob Hull, Head of Offshore Policy OFGEM
Duarte Figuiera, DECC
National Grid, Mathew Rose, Offshore BD
*Assessing Offshore Transmission in Europe: what are the equivalents to OFTO in Europe and
would they more favourable for UK market?
-Understanding how our European neighbours do it differently and how this model could benefit UK
-Assessing how transmission is charged across Europe (in many countries it is not) and its correlation
with renewable energy incentivisation. Can UK learn from this?
-Looking forward to the European SuperGrid 2015: What does UK and Europe need to do now to make
the SuperGrid viable?
-Understanding the EC incentives for remote offshore wind farms in UK and how this can be reconciled
with current punitive transmission charges given to remote offshore developers in Scotland
Speaker (individual or panel): EC Speaker, EC negotiator Mario Monti
EWEA President: Christian Kjaer
Airtricity Chris Veal Director
Ireland Eamonn Ryan Irish Minister for Communications & Energy
Or Potential: Ger/Danish/NL govt speakers.
ROUND 3 CONNECTION STRATEGIES
*Developer Panel Discussion: Assessing the Right Connection Strategy for your UK Wind Farm –
HOW TO MAKE THE OFTO & LICENSING SYSTEM WORK
-Evaluating how best to connect your Wind Farm to the Shore and to the Grid.
-Navigating the OFTO and Licensing Process for Your Round 3 Connection for a Successful Project
-When to Trigger the OFTO Process: Early or Late, Thin or Thick OFTO?
John Gaffney, Head of Electrical Systems, RWE
Alan Thomson, Head of Renewables, Centrica
Chris Sherrington, Project Director, EON ….
EVALUATING THE CRITICAL LESSONS LEARNED FROM ROUND 1 AND 2 GRID CONNECTIONS
*Panel Discussion: The 3 perspectives: Contractor, Developer, Regulator.
-Understanding the key pain points in projects from Rounds 1 and 2 and what can be learned for the
-Appraising the factors that led to all Round 1 & 2 projects being over time and over budget so that
Round 3 targets can be successfully and economically transacted.
Bringing Rounds 1 & 2 Project To Life: Key Case Studies.
ABB Case Study: ABB 400-megawatt (MW) Borkum-2 park, Germany (Peter Jones, ABB:
Lessons Learned Using HVDC
*Areva Case Study: An Early Wind Farm – Lessons Learned Barrow 90 mw / Robin Rigg 180MW –
what were the key T+D issues, how were they resolved and how does that influence developer and
operator strategy going forward? Richard Cooke, Areva.
Siemens Case Study: Greater Gabbard Phil Manley Snr Project Developer or Thanel Anwer
Amara-Korba – world’s 1st interconnected offshore substation: 2 platforms interconnected by a
UK GRID – A CRITICAL ASSESSMENT OF THE NETWORK TO HANDLE ROUND 3 WIND FARMS
-Appraising Honestly the Capacity of the Infrastructure to cope with significant new infeeds of Energy?
-Understand Where The Bottlenecks Are in the Grid and What Options The Are To Reinforce The Grid
Technically so that your wind farm can be connected speedily and successfully
-Assessing The Investment Available to Develop New Wires and Connections to Meet Government
Targets for Renewable Energy
-Understanding Clearly How the Transmission Access Process Can be Quickened to expedite
connections to the Grid to avoid your asset being stranded.
Andy Hirons, Technical Director, National Grid
TRANSMISSION ACCESS REVIEW and TRANSMISSION CHARGING
Identifying the Key Results of T.A.R and How it Will Affect Your Generating Asset
-Understanding what policy-makers can do to Unlock the Bureaucracy to Permit Wider Grid Access
-Uncovering what can be done to speed up access to transmission systems to avoid wind farms laying
idle and not generating revenue
-Assessing the Limitations on transmission capacity and the need to wait for new assets to be built prior
to connections being allowed to go ahead.
-Defining the Results of the “Connect & Manage” Approach
David Hunt, Senior Manager - Electricity Transmission Policy, Ofgem 7901 7429,or Bob Hull 7901 7000
And Duarte Figuira DECC
DAY 2 – THE WIDER OFFSHORE SUPPLY CHAIN
THE HUMAN RESOURCE CRISIS
Analyzing what can be done to address the severe lack of available expertise to run remote
large-scale offshore wind projects profitably
-where is the expertise coming from to staff the highly technical and uniquely challenging environment?
-what university degrees or technical training courses are available to generate the appropriate levels of
-how to avoid projects being understaffed and projects running overtime and the consequent punitive
-avoiding extortionate costs of using ships and deepwater vessels out of preallocated rental time
John Scott, former technical director OFGEM. Or Sue Guest, Strategy Manager, EU Skills
*A critical overview of Courses and Accreditation available to deepen the pool of available talent
needed to run Round 3 wind farms and connection mechanisms
-Meeting the challenge of a fishing in a shallow pool of professional engineers
-How to avoid engineers being poached by competitors and other industries due to skill shortage in the
-Determing the technical skill sets needed for the offshore marine and wind power T+D engineer
-Assessing what are the numbers needed for Round 3 projects and what more can be done to ramp up
Speaker: IET Power Academy Bill Fenton or Nick Winser, Chairman, Power Academy
Or Peter Lunn HR Director Siemens
SUPPLY CHAIN AND TECHNOLOGY LIMITATIONS:
*Outlining what new and more powerful technology is available to optimise efficacy of large-
scale offshore wind farm networks
-Understanding what technology is available could be improved to save significantly on new
transmission and connection lines
-Reviewing future improvements to switch gears and higher voltage cables to optimise projects and run
them more economically.
-Evaluating new HVDC technology and SCADA
Speakers (potentially sponsored) ABB Peter Jones, AREVA Richard Cooke, Siemens, Schneider, GE
Megan Arnold (ex BWEA) etc
*Assessing Limitations on future cable supply – what is being done by the submarine cable
manufacturers to deliver future orders of 100kms of cable for Round 3 projects?
-How to avoid the nightmare scenario of not having enough factories to supply sufficient cabling to meet
2020 renewable targets?
-Assessing the problem faced by manufacturers who will not create new factories unless they have fixed
-Evaluating the commitments needed from government and industry to build new capability?
(Cable presenter – sponsored)
*Cross-Industry Perspective and Expertise.
AN EXCLUSIVE PRESENTATION FROM AN OIL AND GAS COMPANY ABOUT HOW BEST TO
CONDUCT A ECONOMICALLY AND OPERATIONALLY SUCCESSFUL PROJECT IN AN EXTREME
OFFSHORE MARINE AND SUBMARINE ENVIRONMENT
-Outlining key advice that can be given to OFTOs and Developers who do not currently have the level
and detail of experience needed to be successful in a comparatively more challenging environment?
-Understanding the hazards of an offshore environment and how to overcome them?
-Assessing the design and operational challenges?
-How best to conduct a large-scale offshore project on time and within budget to hit 2020 targets and
deliver on the project profitably?
Speaker Wood Group