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Energy group CEO to speak at RET global offshore wind event

E.ON chief executive will give his perspective on offshore wind challenges at BigSwitch conference

E.ON’s Rösand II offshore wind farm, which opened in 2010
E.ON’s Rösand II offshore wind farm, which opened in 2010

The CEO of energy group E.ON will speak at an RET-sponsored global event set to develop the offshore wind industry.

E.ON chief executive Mike Winkel has been confirmed as a speaker for the BigSwitch Offshore Wind event, which Renewable Energy Technology (RET) is sponsoring.

Set in Glasgow, Scotland, the international event aims to encourage the European renewable energy industry to work with key delegations from the world’s biggest emerging markets, including China and India, as well as the US. The event will focus on the critical interaction of industry, R & D and policy to develop the offshore wind industry.

Winkel will speak in a “CEO perspective” session at the conference. Representing the EU, he will give his perspective on the offshore wind industry, discussing the sector’s main challenges and opportunities. The session will look at whether or not wind farms should be turnkey projects and where the vertical integration of the supply chain will take place. It will also look at the impact of Asia’s developing offshore wind industry.

E.ON has played a major role in offshore wind farm development over the last few years. In September 2010 the company opened Rösand II offshore wind farm, which lies between the German island of Fehmarn and the Danish island of Lolland.

More recently the company opened its offshore farm Robin Rigg in the Solway Firth of the coast of Scotland in 2010. The wind farm is one of the UK's largest offshore wind farms. E.ON is currently investing EUR 2bn in three new offshore projects.

BigSwitch Offshore Wind takes place on 26 and 27 June at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow.