Financing Mechanisms and Technology Advances: Opportunities for Offshore, Medium, and Small Wind Farm Projects

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Off-shore projects are confronting a number of hurdles that undermine their ability to attract construction financing.  In some cases, local opposition has resulted in protracted permitting delays.  In others, design and engineering challenges threaten the ability of turnkey contractors to make “fixed price/date certain” commitments.  Advances in scientific knowledge, engineering know-how and equipment/software technology are advancing wind farm developments for both large and small projects.   Are lenders ready to provide construction and term financing for us offshore wind projects?   Why has Europe succeeded where the U.S. has stumbled?  Will innovations in software and turbine design translate into improved profitability and project “bankability”? Are small and large projects impacted consistently and, if not, how can the disparities be eliminated?  In short, what are the elements for success and sustainability of the U.S. off-shore wind industry?

Q & A Submission:
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Call Times:
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Eastern
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Central
10:00 am - 11:30 am Mountain
9:00 am - 10:30 am Pacific
8:00 am - 9:30 am Alaskan

Teleconference Chairs:
Kimberly E. Diamond, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Roger D. Stark, Stoel Rives LLP
Sarah A.W. Fitts, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Legislative Update:
Todd Foley, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Policy & Government Relations, Chief Strategy Officer, ACORE

Moderator:
Kimberly E. Diamond, Counsel, Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Speakers:
Jared Kassebaum, Senior Resource Assessment Engineer, EDF Renewable Energy
Brian O'Hara, President, Southeastern Wind Coalition