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

July 29th 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.”

July 29th 2019
Wind: China Maintains Emerging Markets Top Spot Following 19.7GW Build Boom

Wind industry intelligence service A Word About Wind has launched its Emerging Markets Attractiveness Index report for 2018, which provides insight and analysis into the most attractive emerging markets for wind companies. The index, now in its second year, ranks the top 30 emerging markets that investors should consider when investing in wind in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. The list considers factors including political and economic stability for investors, alongside the growth of electricity demand and potential for wind growth, in order to rank the countries by overall potential. As with last year’s report, China tops the list and the ongoing trade war with the US shows no sign of slowing China’s formidable growth.

July 29th 2019
EU Approves Ambitious Energy Efficiency Goals, Encourages Clean Energy Feed-In

Europeans will now be entitled to consume, store and sell the renewable energy they produce in line with ambitious targets set by the EU. The targets are to be reviewed by 2023, and can only be raised, not lowered. By making energy more efficient, Europeans will see their energy bills reduced. In addition, Europe will reduce its reliance on external suppliers of oil and gas, improve local air quality and protect the climate. For the first time, member states will also be obliged to establish specific energy efficiency measures to the benefit of those affected by energy poverty. Member states must also ensure that citizens are entitled to generate renewable energy for their own consumption, to store it and to sell excess production.

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