Leo joined the UK civil service in 2014, where he has held several roles including a period working in the office of the minister for energy and climate change. He has been with the renewable power team since 2019, where he has been responsible for delivery of investments in the UK’s offshore wind supply chain via the Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Scheme. He now heads the Floating Wind Programme, aiming to scale up and accelerate deployment and foster the wider development of the sector in the UK.
Floating Wind opportunities represent 80% of Europe's total potential offshore wind power capacity. Although the technology is still nascent, there have been some exciting developments this year with the first CfD contract being awarded to a Floating Wind project in June. And the Crown Estate's Offshore Wind Leasing Round 4 plan includes a 4GW allocation of floating wind in the Celtic Sea.
The panel will discuss the best way to roll out floating wind projects at scale, the risks that are involved with them, and the necessary additional port infrastructure required.