Sessions - WindEurope Annual Event 2022 in Bilbao


The particular challenge of connecting offshore wind to the grid

Business & policy Electrification & System Integration Offshore wind

When: Wednesday, 6 April 2022, 14:00 - 15:30
Where: Auditorium 2 - Level 4

Session description

This session will discuss the challenges that Europe needs to be overcome to enable an accelerated deployment of offshore wind. What cross-border infrastructure financing, regulation, and cooperation is needed? What are today’s roadblocks to build offshore grids in coordination with offshore wind farms? What lessons we can take from the current approach to offshore grid development? How can Europe take up offshore hybrid solutions?

Session chair

Iván Pineda

Director of Public Affairs, WindEurope


Chris Peeters

CEO, Elia Group

Market arrangements/policy

Marco Kuijpers

Director Large Projects Offshore, TenneT

Lukasz Kolinski

Head of Unit Renewables and Energy System Integration, European Commission

Martin Finucane

Principal Officer, International and Offshore Energy, Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, Ireland


Sven Utermöhlen

CEO Offshore Wind, RWE Renewables

Nicola Medalova

Managing Director , National Grid Interconnector

Niklas Persson

Executive Vice President at Hitachi Energy, Managing Director Business Unit Grid Integration, Hitachi Energy

Chris Fox

Deputy Director, Europe & Offshore Electricity Networks at Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, BEIS

Markus Laukamp

CEO, WindGrid

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