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CONFERENCE

AGENDA

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Session Time Topics Speakers
  8:00-9:00 Registration and tea/coffee
Introduction and Trends in Transmission Financing 9:00-9:15 Emerging needs and trends in transmission financing Global Transmission Research
Regulatory and Policy Issues 9:15-10:45 The grand challenges for the European Union transmission grid beyond 2020 Dr Jean-Marie Bemtgen, Directorate General, European Commission
    Transmission pricing models in a liberalising environment Iain Cameron, Chief Operating Officer, Frontier Power
    Cost allocation issues and their impact on Transmission Pricing Sean Gammons, Director, NERA Economic Consulting
    Role of regulators in improving investor confidence Dr Sabine Schulte-Beckhausen, Counsel, White & Case, Germany
  10:45-11:00 Q&A and discussion with the panel
Break 11:00-11:15 Tea/Coffee break
Emerging Sources of Financing and Financial and Business Models 11:15-12:45 Relevance of merchant transmission for Europe Glenn J. Berger, Partner - Energy & Infrastructure Projects, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
    Challenges perceived by investors under the changing transmission sector structure Tara Davies, Managing Director
    Issues faced by TSOs in financing transmission and learnings for new operators Julien D'Hollander, Business Development Manager, Elia, Belgium
  12:45-13:00 Q&A and discussion with the panel
Break 13:00-14:00 Lunch
Financing Interconnections 14:00-15:30 Key issues in and options for funding cross-border interconnections Jason Mann, Associate Director, Frontier Economics
    Innovative ways to finance cross-border transmission infrastructure (case study) Dr Charlotte Ramsay, Head of European Strategy, Ofgem
    Dealing with regulatory issues in interconnector investment in the European Union Guido Mattei, CEO, European Consulting Brussels
    European Commission's initiatives in funding key projects Dr Jean-Marie Bemtgen, Directorate General, European Commission
  15:30-15:45 Q&A and discussion with the panel
Break 15:45-16:00 Tea/Coffee break
Implications of Renewables on Transmission Financing 16:00-16:45 Integrating renewable resources and their impact on transmission financing Liam O'Keeffe, Managing Director, Credit Agricole CIB
    Financing transmission for offshore renewables Chris Veal, Managing Director, Transmission Partners, UK
    Case study of financing a renewable integration project Dr Frank-Peter Hansen, Bundesnetzagentur, Germany
  16:45-17:00 Q&A and discussion with the panel
  17:00-17:15 Open floor and wrap-up
  17:15 Close of Day 1
  18:15 Cocktails
Friday, March 16, 2012
Session Time Topics Speakers
  8:00-9:00 Networking and Tea/Coffee
  9:00-9:10 Recap of Day 1 and introduction to Day 2 agenda
Revenue and Profitability Trends 9:10-9:30 Key trends in revenue and profitability of the transmission business Oliver John, Economic Grid Management, Amprion GmbH, Germany
Technology Costs and Impact on Financing 9:30-11:15 Trends in and future outlook for technology deployment and costs Dr Masoud Bazargan, Head of Smart Grids Advanced Research, Alstom, UK
    Asset management and maintenance and replacement costs John Stephenson, Director, ABB Ventyx
    Technology costs of smart grids and integrating renewables Mathew Knight, Director of Business Development, Siemens Energy
  11:15-11:30 Q&A and discussion with the panel
Break 11:30-11:45 Tea/Coffee break
Benchmarking Transmission Business 11:45-12:45 Benchmarking for regulatory compliance Dr Per Agrell, SUMICSID and Director of Louvain School of Management Research Institute
    Capex and opex benchmarks for TSOs Dr Per Agrell, SUMICSID and Director of Louvain School of Management Research Institute
    Benchmarks in transmission asset management Johan Huisma, Associate, UMS Group
  12:45-13:00 Q&A and discussion with the panel
Break 13:00-14:00 Lunch
Asset Valuation 14:00-15:30 Emerging M&A and divestiture trends and outlook in the transmission segment Matt Brown, Senior Director, Pöyry Management Consulting, UK
    Models of transmission asset valuation Shawn Carraher, Managing Consultant, London Economics International
  15:30-15:45 Q&A and discussion with the panel
Break 15:45-16:00 Tea/Coffee break
Rating the Transmission Business 16:00-16:30 Rating models and relevance for financing Oliver Schuh, Director, Energy & Utilities Group, Fitch Ratings
  16:30-16:45 Q&A and discussion with the panel
  16:45-17:00 Open floor and wrap-up
  17:00 Close of Day 2