Days of Good Wind 2022

Renewable energy sources Croatia, with the partnership support of the European association WindEurope and the auspices of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of the Republic of Croatia, are organizing a conference “Days of Good Wind” to be held on June 2 and 3, 2022 in Dubrovnik. Interest in participating is extremely high, if you have not yet booked your place do so as soon as possible HERE

International and European institutions – ministries – academia – the financial sector – turbine manufacturers – investors – RES electricity producers – fossil industry planning RES projects – nature protection experts – panel discussions – presentations – new trends – examples of good practice – exchange of experiences – networking – B2B


THURSDAY, June 2, 2022
14:30 – 16:30 Registration and Welcome Drink
  Blaženka Leib, moderator
16:30 – 17:10 CONFERENCE OPENING AND WELCOME SPEECHES Maja Pokrovac, Managing Director, Renewable Energy Sources of Croatia
  Giles Dickson, CEO WindEurope
  Mato Franković, Major of Dubrovnik
  Nikola Dobroslavić, Prefect, Dubrovnik-Neretva County
  Ivo Milatić, State Secretary, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development
17:10 – 17.50 RES SIMPLIFY – How to simplify and speed up permitting for wind energy, presentation
  Giles Dickson, CEO WindEurope
  Ivan Komušanac, Advisor – Electrification, WindEurope
  Giles Dickson, CEO WindEurope
  Ivo Milatić, State Secretary, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development
  Grzegorz Zieliński, Head of Energy Europe, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  Danijela Isailović, General Manager, RES Serbia
  Darko Belić, Member of the Management Bord, HOPS
  Moderator: Maja Pokrovac, Managing Director, Renewable Energy Sources of Croatia
20:00 – 02:00
Cocktail Dinner and Party
FRIDAY, June 3, 2022
10:00 – 10:20 WIND FOR SUSTAINABILITY, presentation
  Hein Prinsen, Senior Consultant Nature-inclusive Energy Transition, Bureau Waardenburg
  Hein Prinsen, Senior Consultant Nature-inclusive Energy Transition, Bureau Waardenburg
  Dalibor Hatić, direktor, OIKON / Managing Director, OIKON
  Aljoša Duplić, Director, Institute for Environmental and Nature, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development
  Arnaud Bellanger, Country Manager, Statkraft France and Croatia
  Ivan Strunje, Business Development Manager, NEOEN
  Moderator: Mirna Mazija, Director, Supernatural
11:20 – 11:40
Coffee break
11:40 – 12:00 THE POTENTIAL OF WIND ENERGY INTEGRATION INTO THE ENERGY SYSTEM, presentation Goran Krajačić, Associate Professor at University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture
  Igor Šumonja, Head of Grid Users and Connections, HOPS
  Ivo Milatić, State Secretary, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development Goran Slipac, Assistant director of the company HEP DSO
  Moderator: Ivo Dubravčić, Country Manager Croatia, Hive Energy
  Ivan Komušanac, Advisor – Electrification, WindEurope
13:20 – 14:20 panel 4: NEW RES CAPACITIES AND PROVIDING AUXILIARY SERVICES Danko Blažević, Director, System Operation Department, HOPS
  Marko Lasić, CEO, KOER
  Tomislav Ćurković, Managing Director, ENCRO Igor Kuzle, Head of the Smart Grids Laboratory, Faculty of Electrical Engineeriing and Computing, University of Zagreb Marko Vukobratović, Executive Board Member, Base58
  Marko Janković, Director of the Electricity Market, EMS
  Moderator: Marijana Baričević, Managing Director, wpd windmanager Croatia
14:20 – 15:30
15:30 – 16:00 CORPORATE POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENT, presentation
  Mislav Slade-Šilović, PwC SE Europe Energy Consulting Leader
16:00 – 17:00 panel 5: FINANCIAL AND BUSINESS MODELS 
  László Horváth, Head of Department Renewable Energy Sources, HROTE
  Ante Krečak, Head of Project Finance, Erste Bank
  Victoria Zinchuk, Head of Croatia European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  Anton Kovačev, Head of the EIB Group Office in Zagreb
  Igor Radojković, Director of Sector Procurement, Logistic and Real Estate Management, Hrvatski Telekom
  Tanja Prpić, Head of sales strategy, Euro posredovanje
  Moderator: Suzana Tunteva, Director, FD Faktor Trust
17:00 Closing remarks
18:00 Organised departure by bus from hotel Lacroma to the port
18:30 Sailing on the Karaka, a replica of a sailing ship from the 15th century
19:30 Free time and self-paid dinner
SATURDAY, June 4, 2022 – Networking trip to Cavtat and Konavle, tasting of fine wine and lunch
9:00 Departure by bus in front of the hotel Lacroma
13:30 Returning to hotel (optional departure at airport around 14:00)


Wind produces clean, local and affordable electricity and therefore plays a key role in for energy security. This is evidenced by the latest EU policy through RES Simplify and recommendations for the development of new wind farm projects. Permitting delays in Croatia and all over Europe are slowing down the energy transition. This needs to be fixed if we are to achieve our climate and energy security goals.

Offshore renewable energy sources already contribute significantly to decarbonisation in the North and Baltic Seas. However, in order for the EU to achieve its objectives on the construction of offshore wind power plants, it is necessary that they start to be built in a larger number in the southern parts of the EU. The first offshore WPP in the Mediterranean became operational this year in Italy. This presentation will show how other countries are progressing in the development of the legislative framework and what can be expected in the medium to long term for offshore wind farms in the EU.

This is a crucial time for wind energy in Europe. Europe needs more renewables for energy security as soon as possible. More than ever before, the issue of energy is a security issue and everything needs to be done to create the conditions for achieving an accelerated energy transition. Everyone involved in the decision-making process, but also their implementation from the European to the national and local levels, has an important and responsible role to play in this. Synergy is key to achieving this common goal.

The planned increase in wind energy in Europe is a major challenge for the necessary acceleration of decision-making in the process of issuing environmental permits for wind farms and requires innovative solutions for environmentally responsible energy transition. At the same time, it is clear that we simply cannot afford to spend another decade researching the possible effects of wind energy on animal populations and developing mitigation measures because climate change is already affecting many of them.

The use of renewable energy sources makes a significant contribution to public policies to achieve the EU climate goals and further decarbonise the energy system by 2050. At the same time, there is a clear need to protect, preserve and improve ecosystems and biodiversity as a natural protective mechanism. The EU emphasizes that both goals are equally important. The importance of smart spatial planning before building a WPP, in a way that location selection, design and technical solutions respect high environmental standards, is essential. All stakeholders have an important role and responsibility in this planning and implementation process.

For the integration of energy produced, there is an important space for flexibility, i.e. for building smart energy systems. They can connect electricity, heat, gas networks, as well as water supply and drainage systems, agriculture, transport and all other systems that need energy. A prerequisite for this is digitalisation and advanced management, and many examples show that this results in significant comparative advantages, reduces the need for energy imports and opens the possibility for rapid decarbonisation and flexibility of the system.

In order to achieve the necessary energy security, we have new, bigger and more ambitious goals for RES. But we are also facing the challenge of connecting all these new projects to the electricity system. It is clear that the existing capacities of the transmission and distribution network need to be increased. This requires significant financial investment and defining the method of financing from several different sources. Investment in the electricity system needs to be efficient and balanced in order to enable development and ensure the connection of new projects.

The REPowerEU plan aims to reduce dependence on Russian gas imports and ultimately help speed up the construction of wind farms to ensure energy independence, so it is up to Croatia to significantly speed up licensing processes and increase quotas for premium model tenders. In addition to a number of measures to reduce gas consumption and diversify gas supplies, REPowerEU focuses on electrifying Europe. Croatia, as well as other countries, is expected to significantly accelerate the number of heat pumps in households and to electrify as many sectors as possible. This is planned to be achieved through electrification in households and energy-intensive industries. Larger electrification goals are planned to be covered by additional production capacities of wind and solar power plants

The benefits of the energy transition to a higher share of RES in production and consumption are numerous. However, their increased share in the electricity system carries a number of challenges when it comes to planning, network stability and security of supply. The answer to these challenges lies in increasing the flexibility of all system participants, both network operators and users with the help of advanced technologies, digitalization of the system, combining energy sources, aggregation and strategic consumption management. Accelerated development of the market for electricity from renewable sources has received a response in the form of support activities and the development of ancillary services markets that increase the efficiency of RES integration and their utilization and reduce negative impacts on system stability. In addition, they allow other network users to play an active role in the functioning of the system.

Given the current situation on the global and European energy scene, rising electricity prices and volatility in the markets put great pressure on the operations of companies where electricity has a significant share in the structure of total costs. Apart from the general trend, these are the key reasons why the topic of the “Corporate Power Purchase Agreement” has started to heat up in Croatia and the rest of the region. What are the key characteristics of the cPPA, how does the model work in practice, and what benefits does it bring to companies from the perspective of cost management and “value proposition” towards the end user?

In addition to legal certainty and simplification of administrative processes, sustainable financial construction is crucial for the implementation of wind energy projects. Financial institutions that lend to projects play an important and responsible role in the energy transition. For greater engagement of capital and security of its return, constant communication between RES and the financial sector is important, and their dialogue and partnership is crucial. However, modern financial and business models include more and more stakeholders, and each of them can contribute to new wind farm projects, and thus to a stronger and faster energy transition.

Don’t miss the trip the day after the official part of the conference is over because it is always a great networking opportunity! Check out the atmosphere of the trip from the conference “Days of Good Wind” in 2019 in the following video:

Wind for sustainability

Hein Prisen, the senior consultant at the Dutch Ecological-Consultant Company, Bureau Waardenburg, which employs 130 workers and is one of the largest of its kind

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