GLOBAL MARKETS THEATRE
BILBAO 2022

GWEC’s Global Markets Theatre is the place to learn about opportunities in the wind industry’s major and emerging markets. The theatre hosts experts discussing the biggest issues, as well as presentations taking a deep-dive into the latest market intelligence from the GWEC data team. It also provides a forum for Q&As with thought leaders in different areas of the sector, and a place to discuss how global issues will impact on the industry.

The US Market: Challenges for Onshore wind and opportunities for Offshore

This session focused on the growing wind energy sector in the United States. The first part of the session looked at how to overcome the challenges facing the onshore wind sector, with the second part focusing on the burgeoning offshore market. 

Moderator: Liz Burdock, President & CEO at Business Network for Offshore Wind 

The US Wind Market

Chelsea Jean-Michel, US wind analyst at Bloomberg NEF

Partnering up to drive US offshore forward with focus on NY Bight. Panellist:

Jutta Dissen, Senior Vice President/Director Partnerships & Transactions, New Markets at RWE Renewables

Bryan O’Neil, Director, Global Offshore & Power Generation Segments at The Lincoln Electric Company

Chelsea Jean-Michel, US wind analyst at Bloomberg NEF

Latin America - How to sustain market growth after a record year?

The Global Wind Energy Council convenes the LATAM Task Force and works wind energy associations in the region to keep the industry abreast of the opportunities and challenges arising in one of the world’s most interesting wind regions. 2021, surprisingly, was a record year for growth in Latin America and this session provides a global overview for the region and takes a deeper look into what is happening on the ground in specific markets.

Moderator: Ramón Fiestas, President GWEC Latin America

Speakers: 

  • Alfonso Blanco, Executive Secretary at OLADE
  • Elbia Gannoum, Executive Chair at ABEEólica
  • Bart Doyle, Group Chief Operations Officer at Mainstream Renewable Power 

Wind Energy: The path to Ukraine's energy independence and peace

The European wind energy community is deeply saddened by the invasion of Ukraine. As an industry that has companies, partner associations and colleagues operating in Ukraine, we stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. A rapid expansion of wind and other renewables is now key to increase Europe’s energy security.

Ukraine has made significant renewable energy progress in the recent years. The share of RES in national electricity generation accounted for 8,1% by the end of 2021. Total installed wind capacity reached nearly 1,7 GW and another 1 GW was expected to be commissioned until the end of 2022. But the unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine unleashed by Russian aggression has changed plans.

Join Andriy and Galyna from Ukraine’s Wind Association discuss:

  • Andriy Konechenkov, UWEA Chairman, and Galyna Shmidt, UWEA Board Member, discussed the status of the Ukrainian wind power sector before and after February 24, 2002, the day the war began.
  • Peter A. Gish, Founder of Ukraine Power Resources, wind project developer and investor, shared his experience of working in Ukraine.
  • Maris Kuniskis, General Director of DTEK Renewables, the largest renewable company in Ukraine, talked about Ukraine’s energy sector, Alexander Podprugin, Operating Director at Elementum Energy, focused on peculiarities of operating and developing of wind farms during hostilities, while Katheryna Knysh, Analyst at the UWEA, spoke on prospects for offshore wind development in Ukraine.

Is China in pole position for global wind power growth?

After a decade of rapid growth, China’s renewable market has entered a new stage. Support for renewables has shifted from a FiT model to a “grid parity” model, where renewable-generated electricity will receive the same remuneration as coal-fired power plants.

Starting from 1 January 2021, all onshore wind projects shall reach grid parity. From 2022, the central government will cease subsidies for offshore wind, although a small portion of financial support will be offered by provinces like Guangdong and Zhejiang for the next 3-4 years to support offshore wind’s journey to grid parity by 2025.

In certain sea areas, the government is confident that grid parity can be achieved even before 2025.

China is also the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturing hub, accounting for 60-65% of global production of turbine nacelles and key components including gearboxes, generators and blades. There are still 20 turbine manufactures active in the Chinese wind market today. During the transition to the era of grid parity, manufacturing competition in China has become increasingly fierce, reflected in record-low bidding prices in 2021. 

At the start of 2022, price competition has become even more intensive with turbine prices including towers dropping to $316/kW for onshore wind and $632/kW for offshore wind.

This session explored how China has delivered so quickly, and asked if there are to learn from the process? Will the market, especially offshore wind, continue to grow in the ear of “grid parity”?  And what is the tier 1 Chinese turbine OEMs’ internationalisation strategies? 

Moderator: Feng Zhao, Head of Strategy and Market Intelligence at GWEC

Speakers:
Mr. YU Guiyong, Director of Industry Research Department and General Manager of International Cooperation Department at Chinese Wind Energy Association (CWEA)

Mr. YIN Taofeng, Director of Solution Center, Offshore Business Unit at Shanghai Electric Wind Power Group

Dr. CHEN Wei, General Manager of European Business & Engineering Center at Mingyang Smart Energy

Asia-Pacific – Is a new market design needed to achieve the fulfil their wind energy potential?

2021 was an interesting year for wind energy in the Asia-Pacific region. The APAC region has been experiencing rapid growth in many markets and interest continues to boom. Nations in the region are starting to exploit their natural wind resources, especially in offshore. But as countries come to terms with this opportunity, we are also seeing familiar patterns emerge in relation to the challenges each market grapples with before the market can truly reach its potential.

The Asia Pacific Wind Market

  • Speaker: Liming Qiao, Head of GWEC Asia (speaking remotely)

 

Emerging Offshore Wind Markets in Southeast Asia: Vietnam and Philippines 

  • Speaker: Bernard Casey, Chief Operating Officer APAC at Mainstream Renewable Power (speaking remotely)

Korea - Korea’s Wind Power Industry, Projects & Business Opportunities by the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency

Invest KOREA, Korea’s national investment promotion agency, part of the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency, brings to the table am overview of the Korea’s Investment Environment and the current status of Korean economy and business environment. The session will also discuss the current status of wind power in Korea, key plans, policies, project plans of major offshore wind farms in Korea and KOTRA/Invest Korea’s role in promoting investment in wind power and the Developer’s Perspective on these topics.

Speakers:

  • Miss. Min Jung Kim, Energy Project Manager, Invest Korea Headquarter
  • Mr. Guzmán Figar, Director of Business Development Korea, Project Director of Korea Floating Wind, Ocean Winds
  • Session Chair: Mr. Seon Woo Nam, Deputy Director, KOTRA Madrid
  • Assisting during the presentation:
    • Mr. Kilbeom Lee, Vice-President, KOTRA Europe
    • Mr. Samsik Lee, General Director, KOTRA Amsterdam
    • Mr. Dooyung Hong, General Director, KOTRA Copenhagen
    • Ms. Young-Ju Ahn, General Director, KOTRA Madrid
    • Mr. Jeronimo Gracian, Deputy Director, KOTRA Madrid

Europe: A Market Overview

WindEurope leads a discussion looking at some of the main wind energy markets in Europe – Germany, the UK, Sweden and Italy. 

Europe: The Market in France

WindEurope leads a discussion looking at the market in France. 

Europe: The Onshore and Offshore Markets in Spain

WindEurope leads a discussion looking at Spain’s onshore and offshore markets

Europe: Hydrogen

WindEurope leads a discussion looking at the potential for green hydrogen.

Looking ahead to COP27

After the success of COP26, GWEC looks ahead to COP27 and what to expect at Egypt’s COP, which will take place in November in Sharm-El-Sheikh. 

Moderator: Joyce Lee, Head of Policy and Projects at GWEC

Speakers

  • Heba Rabie, Business Development Manager at Lekela Power Egypt 
  • Jon Lezamiz, GWEC Africa Task Force Chair and Global Head of Public Affairs at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Combating Disinformation Targeting the Wind Industry

2021 was an interesting year for wind energy in the Asia-Pacific region. The APAC region has been experiencing rapid growth in many markets and interest continues to boom. Nations in the region are starting to exploit their natural wind resources, especially in offshore. But as countries come to terms with this opportunity, we are also seeing familiar patterns emerge in relation to the challenges each market grapples with before the market can truly reach its potential.

Moderator: Joyce Lee, Head of Policy at GWEC

Speakers:

Joe Ondrak, Head of Investigations at Logically

Roman Rudnik, Communications, BWE

How to Foster Wind Energy Growth in Africa

After a record year for the region, how can the industry help to foster further growth in this vital market?

Africa 2022 Regional Market Presentation 

  • Speaker: Wangari Muchiri, GWEC Africa WindPower Director 

Markets to Watch in Africa

  • Speaker: Jon Lezamiz, GWEC Africa Task Force Chair and Global Head of Public Affairs at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
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