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20 September 2018 2018 09:37 AM GMT

EIB to Bankroll Offshore Wind Projects: Benelux Infrastructure Forum

SMi Reports: European Investment Bank (EIB), participants of this year’s Benelux Infrastructure Forum, have recently announced their intention to support the movement towards renewable energy by bankrolling offshore wind projects. The Benelux region has been seeing huge developments in the renewable energy and infrastructure industry, as the European Investment Bank (EIB) announces it is supporting Belgian offshore wind projects.

EIB, who are also speaking at this year’s Benelux Infrastructure Forum taking place 21-22 November in Amsterdam, recently approved financing for an offshore wind project in Belgium, as part of the €3.4 billion investment package for renewable energy, energy efficiency, Near Zero Energy Buildings, hydropower and district heating projects.

Projects in the pipeline also include Seamade NV-Mermaid & Seastar Offshore Wind Farms, with Blauwwind Offshore Wind project also planned in the Netherlands. With these recent developments in mind, the Benelux region is leading the way for renewable energy projects, infrastructure expansion and international investment.

This year’s two-day forum comes at an exciting time, with an international gathering of key players and industry leaders from banks, construction companies, investment and fund managers, law firms, energy companies, and many more. Attendees will benefit from 5+ hours of dedicated networking with industry professionals from internationally renowned organisations.

Snapshot of Latest Confirmed Attendees: SMBC Europe Ltd Amsterdam Branch | NWB Bank | ALTIUS Law Firm | Loyens & Loeff | DIF | Arup | European Investment Bank | Lydian CVBA | DLA Piper | DNV GL | Deka Bank | Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale | DEME | KBC Bank N.V. | Bayerische Landesbank | John Laing Investments Limited | and many more…

The 2018 Agenda:

DAY ONE

Beginning with an opening keynote address from the MD of Marguerite, followed by a panel discussion on “The Way Forward for Renewable Energy in the Benelux Region” before giving an in-depth overview of offshore wind projects, including a case study by Ørsted on “Supporting Green Energy Transition in the Benelux Region”. The afternoon will explore project financing, including green bond financing, the growing role of institutional investors, as well as an interactive panel debate on “PPP as the Main Solution to Infrastructure Financing”.

DAY TWO

Keynote address will be given by MEAG MUNICH ERGO KAG mbH, followed by the European Investment Bank discussing “EIB support to infra investment in Benelux”, and continued analysis of infrastructure financing in terms of project financing, as well as trends for infrastructure investments. The afternoon will provide key updates on green energy projects in the Benelux region in the form of a case study, as well as offshore wind risk management, concluding with an insightful panel debate on “Increasing Performance, Managing Risks, and Lowering Costs”.

Mor information is available on the event website along with updates, the latest news and downloads of the event brochure. Registrations made before 28th September save £100.

Benelux Infrastructure Forum: 21st – 22nd November 2018, Apollo Hotel Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Sponsored by Allen & Overy)

Sponsorship and delegate enquiries contact Andrew Gibbons on +44 (0) 207 827 6156 or agibbons@smi-online.co.uk

January 30th 2019
Corporate Sourcing of Renewables Growing, Taking Place in 75 Countries

Companies in 75 countries actively sourced 465 terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable energy in 2017, an amount close to the overall electricity demand of France, according to the report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). With the continued decline in the costs of renewables, the report suggests, corporate demand will continue to increase as companies seek to reduce electricity bills, hedge against future price spikes and address sustainability concerns.

January 25th 2019
Battery Boom: Wind And Solar Can Generate Half Of Worldwide Electricity By 2050

Coal is to shrink to just 11% of global electricity generation by mid-century, from 38% now, as costs shift heavily in favour of wind, solar and batteries. Wind and solar are set to surge to almost “50 by 50” – 50% of world generation by 2050 due to reductions in cost. “Cheap battery storage means that it becomes increasingly possible to finesse the delivery of electricity from wind and solar so that these technologies can help meet demand even when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining. The result will be renewables eating up more and more of the existing market for coal, gas and nuclear.”

January 25th 2019
Arsenal Unveil Battery Storage System: First Of Its Kind At A UK Football Club

Arsenal Football Club has unveiled a battery storage system (BSS) to store enough energy to run the 60,000 seater Emirates Stadium from kick-off to full time. It follows a unique collaboration with Pivot Power to install a 2MW/2.5MWh lithium ion BSS, with funds managed by Downing LLP. The project, the first of its kind in the UK, will also save club money as it works to support low-carbon plans. The BSS allows Arsenal to avoid peak power prices, buying electricity when it is cheap and storing it for use when prices are high. Typically, energy can cost three times more at peak times than overnight. The installation maintains Arsenal as the leader in sustainability in sport following its commitment to clean energy with Octopus Energy in 2016.

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