Financing Wind North America 2022
Insights into North American wind you won't hear anywhere else.
About this event
The best way to meet the biggest players in wind energy.
Financing Wind is wind energy’s premier conference. We bring together the top clean energy financiers and investors and give them the network that they need to build better, more profitable, more sustainable, renewable energy projects.
Financing Wind returns to New York City in 2022 with an extraordinary content-packed agenda and highly focused networking opportunities!
This event is exclusively for A Word About Wind members - the key decision-makers in the global wind. As such, at Financing Wind you'll hear from the industry's leading voices, and you'll meet the best people and companies working in the global wind market.
Go to the event website to see the agenda, and register to attend.
Registration Desk Open, Check-in & Networking Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00
9:00 – 9:10
- Adam Barber, CEO, Tamarindo Group
State of the Union: Has US wind received a Biden bounce?
9:10 – 9:55
- How is the Inflation Reduction Act set to impact onshore and offshore wind development in the US?
- How will US policymakers assist in creating reliable supply chains and local manufacturing for the wind sector?
- What are the prospects looking like for the next 3-5 years?
- Marius Griskonis, Partner, White & Case LLP
- Gary Durden, Partner and Managing Director, CohnReznick Capital
- Hayes Framme, Head of New Markets and Supply Chain, Ørsted
- Gill Howard-Larsen, Global Director, Sustainable Energy and Infrastructure, UL Solutions
- Ray Wood, Head of Global Natural Resources & Energy Transition (NET), Bank of America Securities
Offshore Wind: Is the momentum now unstoppable?
9:55 – 10:40
- What are the biggest challenges and opportunities for US offshore wind?
- Which are the new areas that companies should be moving into?
- How can the industry ensure a healthy supply chain that helps states?
- Blake Winburne, Partner, Orrick
- Michael Brown, CEO - North America, Ocean Winds
- Tim Evans, Partner, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
- Joshua Weinstein, Head of Offshore Development, Invenergy
Floating Offshore Wind
10:40 – 11:00
Floating wind technology is now proven in Europe with over 150 MW operating across 4 small commercial projects in Scotland, Portugal, and Norway
Floating offshore wind is coming to the United States with the first auctions scheduled for December 2022 in California and the Biden Harris administration announced a goal of 15 GW operating by 2035.
This build out will require a tremendous mobilization of capital, meaning that bankability and insurability will be crucial success factors for deep water wind projects using floating technology
Principle Power will share its global experience designing and operating floating wind projects and will share lessons towards structuring bankable projects in the North American market.
- Aaron Smith, Chief Commercial Officer, Principle Power
Networking Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:30
WindTech Presentation - Continuous Production Optimization
11:30 – 11:45
In partnership with WindESCo
Many factors are putting years between plans to develop new wind assets and producing more energy from wind, but there are things we can do now capture more from existing assets. WindESCo will share the details of an innovative repower project underway on 165 turbines in Utah.
- Edward Wagner, Chief Revenue Officer, WindESCo
Debt Market: Update and new approaches
11:45 – 12:30
- Are interest rate rises going to change capital availability for renewable energy?
- What have we seen in recent onshore and offshore wind deals?
- What terms are available across asset classes and how available is debt?
- Edward Zaelke, Partner and Global Co-Head of the Energy & Project Finance Practice, McDermott Will & Emery
- Alberto Garcia, MD, Sustainable Infrastructure Credit, Denham Capital
- Paul Pace, SVP and Team Leader, KeyBank
- Elizabeth Waters, MD, Project Finance Americas, MUFG
Equity Market: Current and future direction
12:30 – 13:15
- What are the future prospects for the US tax equity market?
- What are the most significant trends in US equity deals?
- How much divergence is there between the onshore and offshore wind markets?
- John Leonti, Partner, Troutman Pepper
- Gabriel Alonso, Founder, CEO & President, 547 Energy
- Edwina Kelly, Managing Director, CPP Investments
- Ari Pribadi, Senior Managing Director, Head of Chicago & Co-Chair of D&I Committee, Marathon Capital
Networking Lunch Break
13:15 – 14:15
14:15 – 14:30
In partnership with Clir Renewables
- Gareth Brown, CEO and co-founder, Clir Renewables
Corporate PPAs: Are higher power prices changing the corporate PPA market?
14:30 – 15:00
- 2021 was a banner year, but will this trend continue into 2023?
- Are corporate PPAs still attractive with higher market power prices?
- Should off-takers look to sign PPAs or build projects themselves?
- Skip Rankin, Senior Counsel, Immediate Past Chair, North America Projects Practice, Baker McKenzie
- Mark McGrail, Chief Commercial Officer, Scout Clean Energy
- Rob Threlkeld, Sr. Manager - Power & Utility Strategy, General Motors, LLC
Wind-to-Hydrogen: How close are we to utility-scale solutions?
15:00 – 15:30
- Is green hydrogen emerging as a viable solution in the US?
- What else could the government do to support growth?
- Who are the participants that will make this market?
- Kok Hon Chew, Team Lead for Wind Independent Engineering, DNV
- Aashish Mohan, Co-Head of Energy, Resources & Infrastructure, Americas, BNP Paribas
- Vennela Yadhati, Senior Manager, P2X, Ørsted
Networking Tea Break
15:30 – 16:00
16:00 – 16:15
In partnership with Hover Energy
How can microgrids and new technologies change how we think about what’s possible and how we all work together towards the same goal of Global Net Zero?
- Chris Griffin, CEO and C-Founder, Hover Energy, LLC
Transmission: Are we any closer to solving US grid challenges?
16:15 – 17:00
- How can we address challenges for grid reliability and infrastructure upgrades?
- What impact are we seeing from increased amounts of battery storage on grids?
- How can we get greater collaboration between the private sector and communities?
- Rob Eberhardt, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
- Manish Chaturvedi, SVP, Portfolio Management, Hannon Armstrong
- Caton Fenz, CEO, ConnectGen
- Tom Siegel, Vice President of Transmission, Longroad Energy
Closing remarks and conference ends
Networking drinks reception
In partnership with White & Case LLP