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Aurora Renewables
Summit London

Wednesday, 26 June 2024
Central London

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Navigating Choppy Waters: Can the UK and Europe Overcome Challenges to Realise Renewable Ambitions? 

Renewables deployment continues to be the central pillar of the UK and Europe’s plans to decarbonise and push towards Net Zero, alongside mass electrification of hard-to-abate sectors. The EU targets 1,236 GW of installed renewables capacity by 2030 under the RePowerEU plan. The UK Government currently aims for 50 GW of offshore wind and 70 GW of solar PV, whilst Labour’s ambition is to bring forwards the Net Zero power target by five years to 2030.  

However, there are significant challenges to realising these ambitions and targets—with grid access and curtailment arguably being the binding constraint. Grid curtailment has already increased markedly in GB and Germany and on a more localised basis in renewables-dominated regions in Italy and Spain. The queue of renewables projects looking to connect to the grid continues to grow at a fast pace. Aurora analysis points to the need for 1.5 trillion € of investment in grid infrastructure by 2040. Consequently, developers and investors increasingly focus on grid access and curtailment as they develop projects and deploy capital into renewables.  

In the face of these grid challenges, co-location of battery storage alongside renewables can often offer a solution to accelerate deployment and mitigate risks. This adds complexity to projects, as it becomes essential to optimise site configurations and understand the full revenue opportunities for these hybrid projects. Regulations and incentives for hybrid projects vary significantly across Europe. 

Offshore wind continues to be a focus for the UK and many European countries but has faced multiple challenges in recent years in terms of supply chain bottlenecks, increasing cost of capital, and access to grid and other infrastructure. Recent offshore wind tenders have failed to secure significant capacity or come at increased costs. The sector will be closely watching the outcomes of the UK’s £1 billion CfD Allocation Round, as well as upcoming tenders in Ireland, Belgium, and Germany to name a few. 

Given this landscape, the Aurora Renewables Summit London 2024 will aim to assess the opportunities and challenges in the renewables sector in the UK and Europe. How are market participants and regulators adapting to the changing investment environment?

Book your ticket for the Aurora Renewables Summit London 2024 to hear from leading experts in the energy industry including Andrew Bowie, UK Minister for Nuclear and Renewables! Join us for your chance to meet with the most influential players in the renewables space as they dive into topics of financing, deployment, and policy perspectives on the future of renewable energy. 

Providing a great platform for networking, the Aurora Renewables Summit London offers plenty of opportunities for interaction during the day, including a drinks reception in the evening. 

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Speakers 2024 (More will be announced soon)

Andrew Bowie

UK Minister for Nuclear and Renewables, Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

Danielle Lane

Executive Vice President and Director of Offshore Wind Development, UK & Ireland, RWE

Richard Scott

VP of Development and Construction (Onshore), JERA Nex

Alexa Sharples

Corporate Strategy Director, Low Carbon

Richard Howard

Global Research Director, Aurora

Caroline Still

Project Leader, Advisory, Aurora

Steph Unsworth

Senior Associate, Aurora

Jesse Hettema

Head of Netherlands and Belgium, Aurora

Ash Padelkar

Senior Associate, Aurora

Previous Years

To download materials and view the agenda and speakers from previous Renewables Summit London events, please browse our event archive.