WBD chairs offshore wind discussion at major energy conference

Jennifer Holgate

Jennifer Holgate, Managing Associate at Bristol law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD), recently chaired a panel discussion at Renewable UK’s Global Offshore Wind 2018, the world’s largest dedicated offshore wind energy conference.

The conference and exhibition, now in its 16th year, took place in Manchester last week. The major industry event welcomed over 2,500 attendees to discuss a number of issues from the challenges facing offshore wind today and the performing and emerging markets through to research, innovation and how offshore wind is scaling up all over the world.

Jennifer Holgate chaired the Global Market Updates panel session which included updates from today’s global market leaders and the exciting emerging markets including Australia, Denmark and the US.

Panellists also described the regulatory, consenting, and financial frameworks for offshore wind in their region, they highlighted some of the issues that could impact development and outlined the business opportunities presented by each country.

Speakers on the panel included: Andy Evans (CEO of the South Wind Farm Pty); Michael Hannibal (Director and Senior Partner at Star of the South Wind Farm Pty and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners); Dr Mark Leybourne (Associate Director at ITPEnergised); and Ross Tyler (Development & Strategy Offshore Wind US).

Jennifer Holgate of WBD, commented: “I am delighted to have been involved in this year’s Renewable UK’s Global Offshore Wind 2018 and to have chaired such an interesting and thought provoking panel discussion. It is fascinating to obtain such a diverse range of ideas and opinions as well as get insight into other countries’ policies and how these global markets and the UK can learn from each other to make offshore wind the energy of the future.”

Based in WBD’s Bristol office, Jennifer specialises in the delivery of a wide variety of infrastructure projects across the UK, including regeneration sites, residential, renewable energy, retail, grid, roads and rail.