The wind industry in a merchant environment: challenges and opportunities

High-level & plenaries

When: Thursday, 27 September 2018, 9:15 - 10:15
Where: Room: Brussels

Session description

In recent years, the wind industry has transformed remarkably. Record low strike prices are being reached in tenders. Corporate Renewable Power Purchase Agreements are transforming how major corporates source their energy. Technology cost reduction and increasing exposure to market dynamics are forcing the industry to think beyond traditional support mechanism models. The landscape of financial investors has also evolved significantly. This brings new opportunities, but also significant challenges: there is no one-size-fits-all model for how industry players should operate in a merchant environment. Different regions and different players require different solutions. This session will set the scene for a day of discussion and reflection about how the industry can address reduce the uncertainty arising from tougher global competition, shifts in global trade and domestic policies, and secure the stable revenues that will allow it to keep growing.

Session chair

Grzegorz Gorski

Managing Director Centralized Generation Business Line, ENGIE

Panel Discussion

Andrew McDowell

Vice-President, The European Investment Bank

Julio Castro Gonzalez

Director Global Services, Group Renewables Business, Iberdrola

Luca Bettonte


Olivier Delay

Global Head of Real Assets, Natixis


Natixis: your go-to bank in wind

Olivier Delay

Global Head of Real Assets, Natixis

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