Key Points
  • Hear from Lord Deben and BEIS on the UK's long-term vision for wind power
  • Gain practical insights from government and industry experts on local supply chain opportunities, and ensuring UK businesses and regions benefit from the investment in wind power
  • Navigate and manage the environmental and planning processes for offshore and onshore wind developments
  • Hear the latest on offshore wind policy, including an update on the offshore sector deal and the offshore transmissions network
  • Hear from Orkney Council on the role of community led wind farms in meeting the UK's climate targets


Overview
Confirmed Speakers include:


  • Chaired by: Lord Deben, Chair, Climate Change Committee
  • Dr Nicola Higgins, Director of Offshore Wind, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Lesley McNeil, Head of Wind Energy Policy, The Scottish Government
  • Derek Hastings, Head of Onshore Projects, SSE Renewables
  • Mary Thorogood, Director of Public Affairs, Vestas
  • John Greasley, Regulation and Stakeholder Management, National Grid
  • Olivia Thomas, Head of Marine Planning, The Crown Estate
  • James Battensby, Head of Research and Business Development, ORE Catapult
  • Ralph Savage, Global Development & Stakeholder Relations, Global Wind Organisation
  • Morag Watson, Policy Director, Scottish Renewables
  • Sweyn Johnston, Strategic Projects Director, Orkney Islands Council
  • Neil Collar, Head of Planning, Brodies LLP
  • Martyn Johnson, Head of Strategic Engagement, ECITB


Wind power is one of the largest sources of renewable energy in the UK and will play a key role in helping the UK to achieve net zero by 2050. But there are several challenges that the industry must address first - supply chain fragmentation, grid connectivity, future labour requirements and strict planning procedures.

Chaired by Lord Deben, Chair, Committee for Climate Change, join Westminster Insight’s Advancing UK Wind Power Digital Conference to hear experts from government, industry and civil society. Senior speakers from BEIS, The Scottish Government, Vestas, The Crown Estate, and the National Grid will share their insights alongside renewable energy industry experts.

This half-day event will be broadcast live from our interactive digital platform. Choose a content stream to attend live, ask your questions and take part in discussions online. Event content will be available on demand for 14 days post-event via the online platform, so you can replay any content you miss.

The Offshore stream will provide a progress update on the UK’s offshore wind sector deal and will look at how to prepare energy networks for the increase in capacity and navigate the environmental challenges.

The Onshore stream will cover the policy landscape and investment opportunities for onshore developers, how to streamline the consenting and planning process and gain local support.

Discover how industry can work with UK communities and government to ensure the sustainable growth of wind power.

Agenda
Start

09:00 - 09:10
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

The Rt. Hon Lord Deben Chairman, Committee on Climate Change.

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09:10 - 09:30
Keynote Address: Setting Out the UK's Long Term Vision for Wind Power

 
  • Understanding the role of offshore and onshore wind power in the government’s net zero agenda
  • Growing our communities by reinvesting in UK businesses and supply chains  
  • Developing skills and improving diversity across the sector 

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The Rt. Hon Lord Deben Chairman, Committee on Climate Change.

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09:30 - 10:15
Panel Session: Developing the Future Workforce of UK Wind Power

 
  • Considering the workforce needs of the onshore and offshore sectors
  • Opportunities to share knowledge and expertise with other sectors
  • Supporting current and future UK workers through the energy transition
  • Attracting diverse talent from a range of communities

Speakers

Ralph Savage Director, Global Development and Stakeholder Relations, Global Wind Organisation

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Martyn Johnson Head of Strategic Engagement, Engineering Construction Industry Training Board

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10:15 - 10:45
Morning Networking Break

 

10:45 - 12:45
Stream One: Offshore Wind

 

10:45 - 11:45: Panel Session - Encouraging the Growth of the UK Offshore Wind Industry through Local Partner

  • Supporting the growth of local innovators and industries
  • Promoting closer collaboration between industry, government departments and local authorities
  • Leveraging the benefits of offshore wind power to drive other net zero technologies? 

11:45 - 12:15: Preparing our Energy Networks for the Next Generation of Wind Power

  • Understanding the impact of the Offshore Transmissions Network Review
  • Optimising the connectivity between wind farms and the national grid
  • Tackling the issue of surplus and deficit energy generation caused by intermittent wind

12:15 - 12: 45: Navigating the Environmental Challenges of Offshore Wind

  • Reviewing the key environmental considerations throughout the consenting and planning process
  • Meeting ambitious offshore wind targets whilst protecting marine biodiversity
  • Exploring innovative technologies and processes to minimise the environmental impact of new projects 

Speakers

John Greasley Regulation and Stakeholder Management, National Grid

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James Battensby Head of Research and Business Development, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

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Mary Thorogood Head of Public Affairs CNE, Vestas

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Olivia Thomas Head of Marine Planning, The Crown Estate

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Nicola Higgins Offshore Wind Programme Director, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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11:50 - 12:45
Stream Two: Onshore Wind

 

10:45 - 11:45 Panel Session - The Future of Onshore Wind in Reaching the UK’s Net-Zero Targets

  •  Encouraging growth and investment in offshore wind projects across the UK
  • Solutions to overcoming some of the key environmental and regulatory challenges to onshore developments
  • Working with local authorities throughout the planning process and gaining community support

11:45 - 12:15: Streamlining the Planning and Application Process for Onshore Wind

  • Overcoming the key challenges in the consenting process in Scotland and England 
  • Reducing the impact on landscapes and wildlife  
  • Supporting small and medium onshore development

12:15 - 12:45: Onshore Case Study - Orkney’s Community Wind Farm Project 

  • Exploring the role of community wind projects in meeting the UK’s climate targets
  • Navigating the challenges planning, development and distribution
  • Reinvesting the revenue back into the local community 

Speakers

Derek Hastings Head of Onshore Projects, SSE Renewables

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Neil Collar Head of Planning Law, Brodies LLP

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Lesley McNeil Head of Wind Energy Policy and Development, The Scottish Government

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Sweyn Johnston Strategic Projects Director, Orkney Islands Council

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Morag Watson Director of Policy, Scottish Renewables

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12:45 - 12:50
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

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The Rt. Hon Lord Deben Chairman, Committee on Climate Change.

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End

Speakers

James Battensby Head of Research and Business Development, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

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Neil Collar Head of Planning Law, Brodies LLP

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The Rt. Hon Lord Deben Chairman, Committee on Climate Change.

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John Greasley Regulation and Stakeholder Management, National Grid

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Derek Hastings Head of Onshore Projects, SSE Renewables

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Nicola Higgins Offshore Wind Programme Director, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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Martyn Johnson Head of Strategic Engagement, Engineering Construction Industry Training Board

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Sweyn Johnston Strategic Projects Director, Orkney Islands Council

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Lesley McNeil Head of Wind Energy Policy and Development, The Scottish Government

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Ralph Savage Director, Global Development and Stakeholder Relations, Global Wind Organisation

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Olivia Thomas Head of Marine Planning, The Crown Estate

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Mary Thorogood Head of Public Affairs CNE, Vestas

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Morag Watson Director of Policy, Scottish Renewables

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Venue details

Online Event Broadcast Live


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