The industry shaping agenda

Day One Wednesday 26th May 2021 Live Conference Program (US Eastern Time)
Start time End Time Format Session Title Topic
09:00 09:15 Presentation State of OSW in 2021  Outlook

With up to 30GW of offshore wind installation expected by 2030, what are the challenges and opportunities facing the industry? What does this mean for investors, developers, regulators, and suppliers? Review the state of US offshore wind in 2021, the key challenges ahead, and proposed solutions to unleash investment in leases, supply chain, transmission, development, and local workforce.

09:15 10:15 Panel The Biden Administration- Winds of change.  Federal Policy

How does the change in Administration impact the direction of wind power development off America’s shores? What are the latest developments in personnel and policy?

10:15 10:30 Pres/Interview Investing in the supply chain.  Supply Chain

Learn what it takes to build a world-leading OSW supply chain to supercharge US economic growth and job creation.

10:30 11:30 Panel A new day for global markets? International cooperation on climate and energy policy  Markets

A new administration in Washington brings with it the potential for international cooperation on climate and energy policy. What are the chances for US-European cooperation? How will changes to global trade and investment policies favor offshore wind development?

11:30 11:45 Pres/Interview BOEM Siting and Leasing- Atlantic & Pacific Status Update.  Federal Policy

Receive a concise update from BOEM about their siting and leasing priorities for the Atlantic and Pacific coast and how it impacts the 30 GW by 2030 projected pipeline. What immediate challenges are expected in 2021/2022 that may impact projects?

11:45 12:45 Panel Transmission & interconnection coordination and planning strategy.  Transmission

East coast states have a goal to develop almost 30GW of offshore wind by 2030. However, big issues remain. Should the industry take a centralized or decentralized approach to developing offshore wind transmission and interconnections? How should costs be shared among key stakeholders? And what are the implications of divergent state policies and planning processes on multi-state RTOs?

12:45 13:15 Pres/Interview Mitigating project risk- Managing resources, transmission, and supply chain.  Risk

The first wave of projects will face unique challenges and opportunities. How can developers mitigate the risk that comes with trail blazing? How can resources be managed and coordinated to create efficiencies in the supply chain, transmission, interconnections, and workforce development?

13:15 14:15 Panel The States: Where the action is.  State Policy

While consensus for action has been halting in Washington, DC, state leaders have been advancing the offshore wind industry. How are states navigating the competing priorities for time and resources that came their way in 2020, such as COVID response, racial justice, and income inequality? What is the latest and where are they headed?

14:15 14:30 Pres/Interview The techno-economic perspective on US offshore wind.  Economics

Cost and technology advancements in offshore wind play a crucial role in shaping the business case for US offshore wind projects and policy. What do LCOE projections look like? What efficiencies can and will be achieved through technology?

14:30 15:30 Panel Permitting solutions for greater efficiency.  Permitting

Securing permits for the construction of US wind farms remains a complex and largely untested topic. An OSW lease auction kicks off a chain of events that could last up to 10 years, including around two years of planning and five years of site assessment and surveys. How can this process be optimized to deliver the projected 30GW of capacity by 2030, whilst safeguarding the natural environment? The panel will propose solutions to optimize the process and understanding the environmental impacts of offshore wind farms, taking on board lessons from the Vineyard Wind 1 project, among others.

15:30 15:45 Presentation Executive summary and key findings.  Outlook

Receive an expert’s summary of the key challenges and solutions presented throughout Day 1.

15:30 16:30 Networking Virtual Networking N/A



Day Two Thursday 27th May 2021 Live Conference Program (US Eastern Time)
Start time End Time Format Session Title Topic
09:00 09:15 Presentation Global and US OSW markets outlook  Outlook

Analyze the projected capacity for US and global offshore wind in 2021 and beyond. Review key investment and technology trends for fixed and floating projects. Identify key markets trends, lease opportunities and risks against your capabilities Build a business case for your offshore wind ventures.

09:15 10:15 Panel Turning momentum into action in 2021.  Markets

After a decade of positive momentum, the sector is poised to boom. Now it is time to turn the years of positive momentum into movement and accelerate the project pipeline. But what is the likely scale of growth over the next decade? And what is the relative importance of the factors that are going to push it forwards or hold it back, such as aggressive procurement targets, competitive procurement strategies, contracting practices, tax support, and transmission access? In this session, developer, statesman and key stakeholders will discuss se issues and present actionable solutions to build a sustainable and thriving US offshore wind industry and world-leading supply chain.

10:15 10:30 Pres/Interview Financing US OSW mega projects- how will it shake out?  Finance

Until the first utility-scale project is approved with a COP, financing US offshore wind is still unknown territory. What are the debt and equity lenders’ perspectives on offshore wind projects and what is their appetite for risk? What kind of finance structures are developers pursuing? What financing support mechanisms will be available in 2021? Join this session to hear an expert’s account on how the financing of complex multi-billion-dollar US offshore wind projects will shake out.

10:30 11:30 Panel Breakthroughs in floating wind to unlock new markets.  Workforce

Floating wind farms will eventually unlock the US west coast as well as untapped deep waters around the globe. But new technology brings many challenges. Is it scalable? Is it bankable? Do the economics of projects work? What are the environmental implications of the different floating foundation technologies and project configurations? This session will bring together the foremost experts on floating wind technology to discuss technological breakthroughs and lessons from pilot projects, with a view to chart the path to commercialization.

11:30 11:45 Pres/Interview Navigating the political landscape on offshore wind in 2021.  Federal Policy

The Biden administration promises climate action through the green recovery and build-back-better infrastructure plan. Learn how the nuances of wider federal plans will unlock further market development in 2021 and how institutional resources will be allocated to administer the planning and processes needed allow the US offshore wind industry to get on its feet.

11:45 12:45 Panel Congress and offshore wind- A unique chance for cooperation?  Federal Policy

In an era of partisan polarization, offshore wind presents a unique opportunity for bi-partisan cooperation on public policy. What are the chances for advancing a long-term policy for offshore wind development at the federal level? How might the Green New Deal and Infrastructure bills affect the industry?

12:45 13:00 Pres/Interview Interstate RTO's perspective on transmission planning and cost allocation.  Transmission

Divergent state policy adds a layer of complexity to the transmission conundrum for multi-state RTOs along with cost allocation challenges. Do current cost allocation methodologies make sense? Should we continue doing the same or can they be simplified? Is there a more optimal approach than the current planning processes? Tune into this session to hear the multi-state RTO perspective.

13:00 14:00 Panel The next step for the supply chain- Opportunities, outlook, and local content.  Supply chain

The anticipated US offshore wind supply chain boom, projected to generate nearly 30GW of power in seven East Coast states by 2030, presents a $70 billion CAPEX revenue opportunity to businesses in the US supply chain. This session will bring together key stakeholders to discuss the supply chain outlook, opportunities for new market players, how to coordinate resources and mitigate risks to achieve critical project milestones.

14:00 14:15 Pres/Interview Unlocking Development Potential in the US.  Markets

The US has an abundant offshore wind resource. How can we unlock further development potential through effective siting and leasing strategies? What are the opportunities for new market players and independent power producers? And what ways can we unlock new value from projects? Join this session to hear an expert’s perspective on market development strategy for US offshore wind.

14:15 15:15 Panel Coordinating & optimizing east coast ports.  Ports

Building a regional coordinated and efficient supply chain comprising optimized ports and manufacturing sites is a crucial step for the offshore wind industry. How can supply chain building be sequenced to achieve greater efficiency and reduce project cost? This session will discuss the key infrastructure milestones and decisions that have been made so far, and present solutions to solve the chicken-and-the-egg paradox.

15:15 16:15 Pres/Interview Executive summary and key findings.  Outlook

Receive an expert’s summary of the key challenges and solutions presented throughout Day 2.

On Demand Sessions

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Format Session Title Topic
Presentation Cost Allocation Challenges for US OSW Transmission Transmission/Interconnection
Presentation Floating Wind Project Updates Global Floating Wind Project Updates
Presentation LCOE reduction and efficiency through next generation turbine technology Technology
Presentation Marine logistics solutions Marine Logistics
Presentation Wind + Hydrogen- opportunities for new market growth Hydrogen
Presentation Reliable Inter array cable technology and installation solutions to reduce project LCOE Cables
Presentation New models for construction: Turbines and foundations. Construction
Presentation Efficient Foundation Solutions to overcome US challenges Foundations
Presentation Installation vessel capabilities and solutions Marine Logistics
Presentation Federal strategic plan on offshore wind. Policy Presentation The Fisheries Perspective Fisheries
Presentation Understanding litigation risks in US offshore wind Risk
Post event workshop Building and Training the Workforce to Realize the Economic Benefits of OSW. Workforce & Training
Presentation Massachusetts and Rhode Island Outlook
Presentation Maryland Outlook
Presentation Maine Outlook
Presentation Virginia Outlook
Presentation New York Outlook
Presentation New Jersey Outlook
Presentation California Outlook
Presentation R&D Collaboration & Funding Initiatives R&D
Presentation TBA US OSW Project Updates
Presentation TBA US OSW Project Updates
Presentation TBA US OSW Project Updates
Presentation TBA US OSW Project Updates
Presentation TBA US OSW Project Updates

2021 Content Calendar

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Reuters Events will host a series of content in various formats throughout 2021 to tackle the industry’s key challenges and create opportunities to accelerate US offshore wind market development.

If you wish to become a speaker or sponsor of one or more items in this offshore wind content series, please contact Marsha Irving, Head of Strategic Partnerships at Marsha.Irving@thomsonreuters.com or contact Adam Minkley, Conference Director at Adam.Minkley@thomsonreuters.com

Quarter 1 January – March
TopicEventFormatAudience
Permitting US OSW Permitting Accelerator- B-line to Streamline.  Workshop/Webinar/Seminar Up to 1,000 attendees

Despite encouraging signs of progress in US offshore wind project development, securing permits for the construction of wind farms remains a complex and largely untested topic. An OSW lease auction kicks off a chain of events that could last up to 10 years, including around two years of planning and five years of site assessment and surveys.

This forum will map out the permitting process, analyze lessons learned from the Vineyard Wind 1 project, and provide recommendations for how to streamline the process quickly and efficiently to deliver a project pipeline that will spur further investment in projects, supply chain, infrastructure and workforce.

  • Lessons learned from Vineyard Wind permitting experience.
  • Identifying and addressing environmental information gaps and collaborating across projects, states, and stakeholders to advance offshore wind.
Project Development US OSW Development Accelerator- Turning Momentum into Action.  Workshop/Webinar/Seminar Up to 1,000 attendees

After years of positive momentum, there is one subject that all commentators on the US offshore wind industry agree on: the sector is going to undergo rapid expansion over the next decade. What does provoke argument is the likely scale of this growth, and the relative importance of the factors that are going to push it forwards or hold it back. We know which policies and investments will elicit offshore wind development. Aggressive procurement targets, competitive procurement strategies, contracting practices, tax support, and transmission access can all ensure offshore wind becomes a boon for US consumers and climate goals. Now it is time to turn the years of positive momentum into movement and accelerate the project pipeline.

In this session, developers and statesman will present actionable solutions to build a sustainable US offshore wind industry and world-leading supply chain.

  • A recipe for expansion. Businesses and statesman discuss upfront policy support to scale with rapid cost declines and de-risking offshore wind deployment.
  • Building a world-leading OSW supply chain to supercharge US economic growth and job creation.
Quarter 2 April – June
TopicEventFormatAudience
Market Development US Offshore Wind 2021 Online, May 27th-28th   Virtual 2-day conference Up to 10,000 attendees

Your gateway into US offshore wind markets is here. USOW21 will unleash US offshore wind's true potential in 2021, placing it at the heart of America's aggressive green recovery and build-back-better infrastructure plan.

Entering its 6th year, USOW has grown into America's largest networking hub for businesses that are looking to invest, find partners and secure contracts in multi-billion-dollar US offshore wind projects. Moreover, the conference has become the world's stage for industry-defining policy updates on US OCS leasing and permitting activity.

The US offshore wind industry boom, projected to generate nearly 30GW of power in seven East Coast states by 2030, presents a $70 billion CAPEX revenue opportunity to businesses in the U.S. supply chain. However, it doesn't stop there. 2000 GW of offshore wind resource remains untapped.

With such unrealized potential and a clear need for rapid industry expansion under the new Biden administration, this event covers everything you need to know about US offshore wind policy and markets. The event will resolve development bottlenecks and facilitate a multitude of supply chain matchmaking activity. Helping you to meet every major developer, investor, contractor, supplier, manufacturer, policy maker, and key stakeholders.

Finance US OSW Financing Accelerator- options, risks, and innovations.  Workshop/Webinar/Seminar Up to 1,000 attendees

Finance experts believe US offshore wind will have the best credit quality for renewable energy projects compared to anywhere in the world given their long contracts and similar operational output capacity are like those in Europe. This session will discuss how the perception of risk and risk appetite amongst lenders have changed. Namely risks associated with policy, supply chain, construction, permitting, technology, and market capacity.

  • The evolution of US offshore wind financing.
  • What is the right balance between regulatory support and regulatory risk to ensure projects complete?
  • How supportive are debt markets to provide the billions of dollars of debt financing required for future projects?
  • To what extent will lenders take on construction risk and how will this evolve?
Floating Wind Global Floating Wind Commercialization Accelerator  Workshop/Webinar/Seminar Up to 1,000 attendees

It is widely accepted that the future of offshore wind technology will be floating. According to GWEC’s Global Offshore Wind Report 2020, floating offshore wind will reach full commercialization by 2030 with at least 6 GW installed globally. Turbine technology is also set to improve in both efficiency and resilience, resulting in LCOE reductions and increased adoption. What can be done to accelerate the pathway to commercialization?

This session will bring together the leading experts to present viable solutions to accelerate floating wind market expansion and unravel the issues surrounding technology readiness and risk mitigation, standardization, and industrialization, LCOE reduction pathways, environmental impacts, and most importantly, strategic collaboration among key stakeholders.

  • Evaluate expert opinions about how to accelerate the pathway to floating wind commercialization.
  • Review technology readiness and risk mitigation strategies to make the floating wind bankable for investors.
  • Understand the lenders mindset and how commercial scale projects will get financed.
  • Identify the next steps for standardization and industrialization of floating wind foundations to achieve economies of scale.
  • Review key markets driving floating wind market growth and the policy mechanisms that have laid the groundwork for achieving market acceleration.
  • Review current strategic collaboration efforts to accelerate growth of floating wind.
Workforce Development Building and Training the US Offshore Wind Workforce. May 28th   Workshop/Webinar/Seminar Up to 1,000 attendees

Coming soon.

Finance Tax Equity Financing for US offshore wind projects.  Workshop/Webinar/Seminar Up to 1,000 attendees

The extension of the ITC was a welcomed certainty in the tax code that the industry needs to

Tax Equity Financing for US offshore wind projects

  • What is the appetite for tax equity investments in US offshore wind projects?
  • What are the financing implications of tax equity in a deal?
  • How to structure tax equity deals?

Quarter 3 July – September
TopicEventFormatAudience
Transmission US OSW Transmission Planning Accelerator.  Workshop/Webinar/Seminar Up to 1,000 attendees

East coast states have a goal to develop 29 GW of offshore wind by 2030 but big issues remain such as whether the industry should take a centralized or decentralized approach to developing offshore wind transmission and interconnection; and how should costs be shared among key stakeholders. Divergent federal and state policy adds another layer of complexity to the transmission conundrum. This session will lay bare the challenges and lessons learned by key stakeholders to date, with a focus on developing actionable solutions more efficient transmission and interconnection policy and planning processes.

Massachusetts Legislation Allowing State to Direct Utilities to Procure OS Transmission

  • Understanding implications
  • Transmission Developer Perspective
  • Implications for other New England States

New Jersey BPU Request for PJM to Implement the State Agreement Approach

  • Review of FERC 1000 Solicitations
  • Fit with NJ’s OSW Procurements

New York OS Transmission Perspective

  • NYS Transmission Planning for OSW
  • Opportunities for Public Policy Transmission Planning Process
  • OSW Developer Perspective
Finance Lessons in Financing $multi-billon US OSW.  Workshop/Webinar/Seminar Up to 1,000 attendees

As the first commercial scale offshore wind project, Vineyard Wind 1, commences construction, what lessons can be learned about how was the deal structured? How might future projects be structured? This session will bring together key financing stakeholders to discuss ideas and chart the path to financing the next multi-billion-dollar projects.

  • How will the next utility scale projects get funded? A look at consortia structures and the implications of market conditions on available capital.
  • Who will fund them and on what terms? What is the optimum tenor?
  • How will tax equity, debt and real equity play out in the capital stack?
Wind + Hydrogen Offshore Wind-to-Hydrogen Accelerator: Unlocking new market growth.  Workshop/Webinar/Seminar Up to 1,000 attendees

Wind-to-hydrogen complements offshore wind perfectly. It aids the integration of more offshore wind by avoiding curtailment or constraint due to the lack of transmission capacity and decouples renewables power generation.

  • Evaluate the political ambition and developer’s appetite for wind-to-hydrogen projects and discover who and where the first commercial projects will be born.
  • Review the current state of electrolyser technology and current pilot projects, and the most scalable hybrid project design to date.
  • Define the capital cost reduction strategies for electrolysers and the pathway to commercialization.
  • Analyze the economic performance of electrolyser technologies today and the cost reduction pathway and cost-competitiveness against other hybrid solutions.
Quarter 4 October – December
TopicEventFormatAudience
Finance Tax equity financing for US offshore wind projects in 2022 and beyond.  Workshop/Webinar/Seminar Up to 1,000 attendees

Tax equity finance will play a crucial role in helping US offshore wind projects get on their feet. In this session tax equity experts will discuss how to make these deals happen.

  • What is the appetite for offshore wind in ITC versus PTC tax equity markets?
  • How can tax equity deals can be structured?
  • How are the managed? Such as permitting, construction, logistics, and interface risk.
  • What are the perceived risks in tax equity deals and how can they be managed? What implications do they have on the deal structure?
O&M O&M Cost Reduction Strategies for US offshore wind projects  Workshop/Webinar/Seminar Up to 1,000 attendees

Operations and Maintenance is expected to account for nearly one-third of offshore wind’s costs in the US, and consequently, there is a large potential for reducing these through advanced O&M strategies. This panel of experts will propose how this can be done.

  • What is the availability of required vessel assets and how can O&M vessel contracts be optimized?
  • How to reduce the time to access wind farms?
  • How to optimize helicopter access? Advantages and disadvantages.
  • How to improve crew transfer system?
  • Spare part storage
  • Advanced CBM
Stakeholder Engagement Sharing the Ocean with offshore wind.   Workshop/Webinar/Seminar Up to 1,000 attendees

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