22 Jun 2018

Jennifer Holgate, Managing Associate at law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD), has Tuesday (19 June) 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 this 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;
  • 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. Advising major national and international clients in the renewable energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors, Jennifer also has significant regeneration and residential experience, advising on large sustainable urban extensions, regeneration schemes, housing developments and retail schemes.

Earlier this year Jennifer became a member of the National Infrastructure Commission’s new Young Professionals Panel (YPP).