The annual event celebrates all that is being achieved in offshore wind in the East, while giving attendees opportunities to gain access to decision-makers and buyers from industry. This year, the event forms a key part of national programme of celebrations of all that is good about offshore wind.
Starting with an address from Waveney MP Peter Aldous, the addresses continue with talks from EEEGR’s own Simon Gray and Martin Dronfield – EEEGR’s new chair and regional cluster champion. With a focus by Peter Aldous on transforming coastal communities, Simon and Martin will cover the current state and future growth of wind in the East.
The event also gives businesses valuable access to decision makers in the sector. EEEGR’s popular “Meet the Buyer” event will run from 10am-2pm on Thursday, November 26. Businesses have the opportunity to pre-book 15-minute, one-to-one meetings with buyers from the likes of SSE, Vattenfall, ScottishPower Renewables, Orsted, Equinor, RWE and EEEZ.
Simon Gray, EEEGR’s CEO said: “Following the success of this year’s Southern North Sea conference hosted on the platform, we are hosting Wind Week in a similar format. While there won’t be a typical conference this year, each of the offshore wind operators have worked with us to produce videos that celebrate their local presence. The region is prominent within the industry and as such coming together to celebrate this is imperative.”
With around 50% of installed capacity of offshore wind based off the coast of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex, the East of England is at the epicentre of global offshore wind. Techniques and technologies trialled here will be replicated around the world, so all eyes are on the East to see what we will do next. This figure is predicted to continue growing through to 2030, making offshore Wind Week a showcase for the future of offshore wind across the world.
Wind Week is now in its welcoming developers, operators and supply chain companies as well as skills and training providers. As with EEEGR’s earlier SNS2020 event this year, Wind Week will be conducted online using the platform. Going virtual has opened up the event to even more participants than before, offering versatility and accessibility by using remote meeting tools to connect delegates.
Rob Sampson, head of offshore wind operations at SSE Renewables, said: “With the challenges we’ve all faced since the start of the pandemic, it’s more important than ever this year that we celebrate the great commitment made by our teams to maintain vital operations. Wind Week is the ideal time to reflect on our industry successes and shine a light on a sector that offers great promise to businesses in the local supply chain and youngsters thinking about a career in energy.”
Richard Sandford, director of offshore development Europe at RWE said: “Having recently signed four new Agreements for Lease for offshore wind farms in the UK, three off the East coast of England, events like Wind Week 2020 are critical to enabling us to continue to engage proactively with the local supply chain, communities and industry. We know from previous EEEGR initiatives how successful and valuable these events are, even when hosted virtually.”
Melanie Onn, deputy CEO at RUK, said: "The East of England is at the forefront of the UK's renewable energy revolution, with centres of offshore wind excellence regenerating coastal communities throughout the region. As the Prime Minister has made clear, offshore wind is in pole position to play a leading role in the green economic recovery after the pandemic. And next year onshore wind is firmly back on the table with auctions taking place for new contracts to generate the cheapest form of new power.
“Wind Week is showcasing the dynamic companies and dedicated people who are making the transition to clean power one of the UK's greatest success stories - at the very time when we need to create new jobs most."
Tickets to the event are free and can be obtained by registering at https://www.eeegr.com/events/offshore-wind-week-2020-east-anglia-event/