2nd Wind Farm Operators Forum
“Together better”

7-8/03/2018 – Gdańsk, Poland

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Forum highlights

The meeting place for wind energy experts

Biggest event in CEE devoted to Operations and Management of onshore wind farms

Programme topped up with interesting and relevant topics led by experts

Possibility to exchange knowledge and share experience among many peers

Extraordinary venue and atmosphere guaranteed (also for networking party:)

Possibility to speak directly to your potential clients and suppliers

Reasonable pricing, affordable even to small wind farm operators

About Forum

The economic pressure on wind energy continues with many countries moving away from FiT to Auction schemes. The support scheme present in Poland – green certificates system was not managed properly by the regulator, which caused the dramatic price drop from PLN 300/MWh to ca. 50 PL/MWh currently (with episodes of price below<25 PLN/MWh).

Financial stress creates incentive to investigate the Operation and Management category of exiting wind farm. Increasing production and availability, proper management of revenues and risks associated with trading energy and green certificates, decrease of various operating expenditures are everyday topics for most of operators and suppliers.

Given the success of the 1st edition of WFOF held in March 2017 where more than 120 participants attended representing over 60% of wind capacity in Poland, the founders of WFOF Adam Jaworski and Mariusz Milewski decided to run the 2nd edition in 2018.

In 2018 it was decided to join forces with PWEA in order to bring in more attention to the market and make WFOF the leading wind energy event in CEE devoted to O&M.

We hope that you will be interested in the topics we are preparing for 2nd WFOF and we see you in Gdańsk this March.


This year we intend to discuss following topics:

  • Collaboration among wind farm operators

  • Big data and impact on the O&M

  • EU grid code challenges

  • O&M service strategies

  • Retrofits and new services offered by OEM for operating assets

  • Management and Optimisation of Wind Farm Energy Sales & Risks

  • And during Miniacademies: blades, foundations, other

Wednesday 7.03.2018


Plenary Sessions in auditorium  – Megatrends in wind industry
(simultaneous translation Polish/English)

09:00 – 10:00

Registration and welcome coffee

10:00 – 11:30

Welcome speech & Keynotes:
– 2030 Outlook for wind energy in Europe Ivan Pineda, Director of Public Affairs, Wind Europe
– 2030 Outlook for wind energy in Poland Janusz GajoweckiPresident, PWEA
– The Post tariff world – “together better” Michael Waldner, CEO&Co-founder, Pexapark 
– Implications of new EU grid code on existing WFs Piotr Szczeciński, Vice-President, Suracon

11:30 – 12:00

Coffee break

12:00 – 13:15

Big data and its potential for the benefit of wind industry:
Digitalisation Ivan Pineda, Director of Public Affairs, Wind Europe
Smart operations: reducing costs and improving performance through digital data analytics Francesco Vanni, Senior Engineer, DNV GL 
2018 Wind Opex Benchmark Initiative Adam Jaworski, Vice-President Business Development, Pexapark
Big data in energy production and trading for a RES cluster – case study Jacek Kłyszejko, Key Account Manager, Elektrownie NEXT

13:15 – 14:30


14:30 – 16:00

WTG service strategies Inhouse vs. outsourced model – has anything changed?
Panel discussion moderated by Tomasz Wysoczański, VSB
Alan Henderson –  Head of Technical Asset Management at RWE Innogy
Piotr Górecki – DIrector, O&M Wind energy Department PGE Energia Odnawialna S.A.
Hristoslav Pavlov – International Business Manager, Deutsche Windtechnik
Marios Stathousis – Multibrand Service Sales Manager, Vestas
Michał Sękal – independent expert in inhouse service strategies
Robert Hałuszczak – Head of Technical area, EDPR Polska Sp z o.o.

16:00 – 17:00

European Solidarity Centre museum tour for interested persons

19:00 – 24:00

Buffet dinner and networking event

Thursday 8.03.2018


Plenary Sessions in auditorium
(simultaneous translation Polish/English)

(simultaneous translation Polish/English)

10:00 – 11:00

Wind farm insurance market outlook and handling difficult insurance cases
Patryk Wełnicki, Strategic Account Manager, EIB
– Włodzimierz Hutnikiewicz, International Office Manager, MENTOR
MA#1: Blades – damage assessment and repairs
Marcin Piątek, Yees Ltd. Poland
Maciej Kownierowicz, Wind Turbine Blades Specialist, Biatrak
Liviu Leca, coordinator of Maintenance Department, Monsson

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

Coffee break

11:30 – 11:50

11:50 – 12:10

11:50 – 12:10

Upgrades and services to existing wind turbines
Sebastian Fish, Service After Sales Engineer, Vestas
Jakob Speich Ravn, Service After Sales Engineer, Vestas
Karol Ciesiński, Senior Customer Engineer, Vestas
A route map approach for wind asset optimization: focus on wind farm control
Giuseppe Ferraro, Business Lead, DNV GL – Energy
Energy storage located at generation sources vs. capacity market
Krzysztof Kochanowski, President, PIME
MA#2: Optimizing Wind Farm Energy Sales & Risks – Strategy and Tools
Luca Pedretti, COO & Co-founder, Pexapark

12:30 – 13:30



13:30 – 14:30

Fundamental modelling of Polish energy market
Błażej Radomski, Head of Analysis, Wattsight
Marian Kilen, Senior Originator, Fortum
Jacek Kłyszejko, Key Account Manager, Elektrownie NEXT
Leszek Prachniak, Director of Exchange Operations Office, TGE
Zbigniew Prondziński, Energy Efficiency Department Director, Energa Obrót SA
MA#3: Electrical Infrastructure – reactive power, transformers and other problems
Piotr Szczeciński, VicePresident, Suracon
Karol Łapiński, Busines Manager, Electrum

14:30 – 15:10

15:10 – 15:30

Restructuring of debt financing portfolio approach
Cezary Przygodzki, Partner, Dentons
Grzegorz Skarżyński,VP Markets, Pexapark
Green certificates market model – update 2018
Marta Pruszyńska, Business Operations Manager, ERG Power Generation Spa
MA#4: Problems with foundations – assessment & remedy
Thomas Hartwig, President, HCE Design Group
Klaus Peter Harbeck, Deutsche WindTechnik

15:45- 16:00

Closing of 2nd WFOF

Meet WFOF Experts

Iván Pineda
Director of Public Affairs
Wind Europe
Director of Public Affairs at WindEurope, the leading renewable energy industry trade association in Brussels. He oversees WindEurope’s work on advocacy, business intelligence and membership. Iván has taken on various roles since joining WindEurope in 2011 including Grids and Market Analyst and Head of the Policy Analysis department. Before joining WindEurope, he worked in various managerial roles in global companies including Procter and Gamble and Carrefour.
Iván is an Industrial Engineer and expert in organizational systems with a Masters’ in Sustainable Energy Futures from the Imperial College London.
Janusz Gajowiecki
President of the Polish Wind Energy Association. Has been related to the wind energy industry since 2008. A former PWEA Director. Janusz Gajowiecki is an expert in power grid integration and support schemes. He represented the wind energy industry during numerous consultations and in many workgroups and discussions with other energy market participants in Poland and the EU. He is a MSc graduate of International Relationships at CBS in Copenhagen.
Michael Waldner
CEO, Co-founder
Michael is a digital entrepreneur and seasoned energy trading professional. He has a 15+ years track record as executive manager in establishing new businesses, driving growth, and leading international teams in the international energy business.
Michael is passionate about renewable energy. In his position as a CEO of Pexapark, he pursues the vision to build a community-powered FinTech platform for renewable energy investors.
Piotr Szczeciński
Electrical engineer with 20 years of experience in the electrical industry, 15 years in the wind energy sector, 8 years in the photovoltaic sector. Professional experience gained at the Institute of Power Engineering of the Gdańsk University of Technology and SGS, URS (AECOM) and ENCOS. From 2018, he was a co-owner of SURACON. Fields of interest: power system stability, DC transmission systems (thesis subject of doctoral dissertation), wind farm control optimization criteria, wind farm automation, directions and measures to minimize the unit cost of energy generation in Wind Power.
Francesco Vanni
Senior Engineer
Currently a senior engineer and team leader in the Asset Integrity & Performance section of DNV GL – Energy.
Responsibilities include a mix of project management, line management, delivery of commercial work, and development of new tools. Experienced in both the manufacturing and operational sides of wind industry.
Adam Jaworski
Vice-President Business Development
10 years experience in Wind Industry – from project development to operations.
Contracted, Financed and Managed portfolio of 90 MWs in Poland owned by PE fund.
Currently, building Pexapark – a community-powered FinTech platform for renewables, which combines data analytics and monitoring with peer-based learning.
Tomasz Wysoczański
Graduate from Westpomeranian Technical University, electroenergy faculty. Started his career in wind industry by performing grid impact analysis. Afterwards, acted as member of the Board in STB Polska Sp. z o.o. which specializes in assessment of technical condition of WTGs. Since May 2017, President of WSB Service Sp. z o.o., which is specialized in WTG O&M and remedying defects of blades.
Alan Henderson
Head of Technical Asset Management
RWE Innogy
Mechanical Engineer by education with background in the utility business. Since 2008 with Innogy initially as Country Manager Spain and currently Head of Asset Management and Operations in the onshore wind division. Responsible for all operating onshore wind assets currently with over 2GW in operation across 6 countries.
Piotr Górecki
DIrector, O&M Wind Energy Department
PGE Energia Odnawialna S.A.
Piotr Górecki is a manager with over 14 years of experience in wind industry involved in number of onshore construction as well as maintenance projects. Currently holds position of Director of Wind O&M Department within PGE Energia Odnawialna. Operating 14 wind farms of a total capacity of 529 MW.
Hristoslav Pavlov
International Business Manager
Deutsche Windtechnik
International Business Development – studied economics at the University of Heidelberg. He started his career at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG as Service Business Development Manager EMEA. Since 2009 he is working within the wind energy sector as Managing Director of the Bulgarian entity of wpd europe GmbH, developing a wind farm portfolio of 300MW. In 2015 he joined Deutsche Windtechnik as International Business Development Manager, being also responsible as Country Manager for Poland, Sweden and UK.
Marios Stathousis
Multibrand Service Sales Manager
Multibrand Service Sales Manager for Northern and Central Europe. Responsible for selling service contracts for non-Vestas turbines.
Joined Vestas in December 2016. Based in Warrington UK. Holds Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a MSc in Microelectronics.
Michał Sękal
Independent expert in inhouse service strategies
Graduate from Technical University of Warsaw and Risk Management Department at Finance Academy in Warsaw. Since beginning of his professional career active in industry and construction when working for Siemens. Active in wind industry for last 10 years. First in Iberdrola, then in Energa Wytwarzanie where he was responsible for O&M of wind farms. Specialized in cost and organisational optimisation of activities related to O&M of turbines manufactured by various producers.
Patryk Wełnicki
Manager ds. Obsługi Klientów Strategicznych
Insurance broker since 2005. Experienced in creation and management of insurance programmes for energy sector clients. Started his career in EIB, currently acting as Strategic Client Account Manager. Responsible for accounts of biggest clients from electroenergy sector (generation and transmission). Specialized in insuring technical risks and investment processes in energy sector. Created many insurance programmes of wind farms in Poland inc. first in Poland B&O formula insurance i.e. covering construction and operation phase.
Włodzimierz Hutnikiewicz
International Office Manager
Włodzimierz has been leading International Office of Mentor SA since 2008. Active in insurance sector in Poland since 2001. Specializes in insurance of risk related to construction and operation of wind farms, railroad logistics, structuring of international insurance programmes, allocation of risks abroad and reassurance. The office he is managing cooperates with over 100- Partner brokers all over the world, taking advantage of sharing know-how and experience from foreign markets.
Sebastian Fish
Service After Sales Engineer
Service After Sales Engineer for Vestas Northern & Central Europe. Responsible for selling Fleet Optimisation solutions across all Vestas platforms. Based in Aarhus, Denmark. Holds a BEng Mechanical Engineering with Management (Hons) degree.
Jakob Speich Ravn
Service After Sales Engineer
Service After Sales engineer for Vestas Northern & Central Europe. Responsible for selling Fleet optimisation solutions across all Vestas platforms. Joined Vestas in September 2015. Based in Videbæk DK.Holds a MSc in Technology Based Business Development.
Karol Ciesiński
Senior Customer Engineer
Customer Engineer at Vestas Nothern & Central Europe.
Education background: electronics, speciality computers in automatic systems.
12 years of experience in wind industry mainly over turbines operational area. Based in Szczecin, PL.
Błażej Radomski
Head of Analysis
Head of Analysis – Germany in the Berlin office of Wattsight, which is an independent analysis service for the European energy market. Coming from academia he joined Wattsight‘s mother company Markedskraft in 2008 and is since then working with analysis of electricity markets, modeling of fundamental and price forecasting models, statistics, econometrics and technical analysis.
Marian Kilen
Senior Originator
Joined Fortum in 2008 and was then responsible for setting up power trading desk in Poland. Since 2009 he has been managing Polish power production portfolio based on CHP output. Within his role of responsibility in energy trading, Marian together with his team, was carrying out power, gas, CO2 and Polish environmental certificates trading.

Since the beginning of 2017, Marian has been responsible for Origination activity in Poland, with the focus on cooperation with renewable power generators.

Leszek Prachniak
Market Operations Department
Between 1994-2000 Head of Energy Trading in Energa. Joined Energy Exchange (TGE) in 2000 where at first was Director of Quotations Department, while currently holds the position of Stock Operations Department Director. Responsible within TGE for organisation of quotations on sock market. Actively participated in creation of markets functioning at TGE.
Jacek Kłyszejko
Key Account Manager
Elektrownie NEXT
Graduate from Warsaw Technical University. In NEXT responsible for energy offtake and energy balancing in Poland, also new product development.
In his career dealt with energy trading, account management, settlement of transactions based on TGE index, implementation of IT projects and relations between energy trading companies and DSO and TSO.
Grzegorz Skarżyński
Vice-President Markets
He started his adventure with wind industry when total capacity installed in Poland was below 50 MW. Cofounder of Polish Energy Partners, first Independent Power Producer, which he left after successful IPO. Last 10 years acted as Investment Director at Taiga Mistral operating 90 MWs in Poland. Currently, working for Pexapark, where is building up a platform supporting commercial management of wind farms.
Cezary Przygodzki
Partner at Dentons, Co-Head of Tax Advisory Group. He focuses on M&A structuring and advises clients on tax aspects of restructuring and reorganizing of their business. He advises on international tax planning and as well as foreign investments in Poland. He is also available to assist clients in tax-related disputes, litigations and administrative proceedings. inc. current disputes regarding the real estate tax on wind assets. Specialized in energy inc. renewable energy and real estate sectors.
Liviu Leca
Coordinator of Maintenance Department
Mechanical engineer with over ten years of experience in the renewable energy sector. He started as a wind turbine technician and after two years of being a maintenance team member he successfully participated in rope access training what started his carrier as a blade technician. Trained at BZEE training center in Husum, Germany (Plastics engineering and rotor blade repair) for blade repair and also in TPI Composites factory in Izmir, Turkey he became a part of a blade repair team within Rotor Control (Struckum, Germany). For the last two years, at Monsson, he is a coordinator for blade and mechanical maintenance and turbine installation department, with over 85 technicians.
Maciej Kownierowicz
Wind Turbine Blades Specialist
The owner of the BIATRAK company, which specializes in the repair and maintenance of wind turbine blades. He has many years of experience in this field both in Poland and abroad – nearly 100 blades repaired annually. For work he uses modern access technology from suspended platforms that provide fast and safe access. Specializes in difficult and extraordinary blade damage repairs.
Luca Pedretti
COO, Co-founder
Luca held managerial positions for 10 years at Axpo Trading (2007-2017). He has a track record in originating transactions and business development in the renewable energy space and leading international teams.
Luca is passionate about renewable energy, entrepreneurship and building new businesses. In his position as COO of Pexapark, he pursues the vision to build a global collaborative intelligence platform for wind energy.
Karol Łapiński
Busines Manager
Electrum Service
Graduate of the Białystok University of Technology, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, specialization in electrotechnics. He has taken the full path as far as energy infrastructure management is concerned – he was a Service Technician, Service Engineer, Service Department Manager, and currently manages Electrum Service as a Business Manager. He has many years (12 years) of experience in the energy industry in Poland and abroad, mainly in the field of service and operation of electrical infrastructure. He participated in research projects on the Smart Grid.
Thomas Hartwig
HCE Design Group
Has developed HCE to one of leading engineering companies in designing wind turbine foundations and tower constructions. In recent years Thomas Hartwig has been responsible for the design of over 10.000 wind turbine foundations worldwide. He is now the president of HCE Design Group, consisting of several engineering consultancies and designing companies, as well as chairman of the board of the German-Polish-Wind-Energy-Club.
Klaus Peter Harbeck
Deutsche WindTechnik
Currently a CEO of 3C, Concrete Consulting Company GmbH&Co.KG. In 2003 he received his bachelor’s degree in Steel Concrete and Concrete and Brick Construction. He was an employee at the WTG Foundation Building ( 2003 – 2004 ) and at the Vestas Central Europe ( 2004 – 2006 ). From 2006 to 2010 he developed remediation concepts for concrete foundation issues for the Vestas Central Europe.
Robert Hałuszczak
EDP Renewables Polska Sp. z o.o.
Technical Director in EDP Renewables Polska Sp. z o .o.
Graduate from Gdańsk Technical University. Over 10 year experience in design, construction and exploitation of wind farms.
Marta Pruszyńska
Business Operations Manager
ERG Power Generation Spa
Marta is an investment professional with 10+ years of experience in the environmental and clean energy sector. As one of the first employees, in 2007 she helped build CWP Continental Wind Partners – one of Europe’s leading wind farm investors and developers, where she stayed till 2015, managing various projects and a few successful exits, including Europe’s largest onshore wind farm (Fantanele 600 MW). In 2008 she was awarded the CFA charter. Currently managing local operations for an Italian energy group – ERG Power Generation, with a portfolio of 82 MW in Poland and 1.8 GW in Europe.
Giuseppe Ferraro
Business Lead, Turbine Engineering
Giuseppe Ferraro is Business Development manager within the DNV GL’ Turbine Engineering Support Service Line. He is a Mechanical Engineer (MSc), graduated from the University of Catania in 2002. Working as worldwide business development lead for Turbine Engineering Support since 2014, has previously been involved in several wind turbines design projects since DNV GL in 2009.
Krzysztof Kochanowski
Energy sector expert with 20 years professional experience. He gained experience in energy distribution and consulting companies. Author of many articles regarding energy sector in business media.
The President and cofounder of first in Poland organisation promoting energy storage solutions (electrical, heat, hydrogen and cold) and electromobility (power charging infrastructure, battery and hydrogen technologies) and energy clusters.
Zbigniew Prondziński
Energy Efficiency Department Director
Energa Obrót SA
Manager with more than 20 years of experience in the energy sector. In his professional career he dealt with wholesale electricity and gas trading and operator services. Recently responsible for cooperation of a trading company with RES producers on the basis of commercial terms and conditions as well as in the obligated vendor formula. Currently working for Energa Obrót SA, responsible for Origination, in particular in the field of cooperation with RES producers. Graduate of Technical University of Gdańsk, Faculty of Electrical and Control Engineering.


This year we decided to open up the Forum to all kind of smaller contractors and suppliers present on the wind market in Poland and not only. We decided to organise a mini-fair with  companies being the back bone of daily O&M services. We hope this will be a great idea to create new business connections and expert knowledge sharing channel. We will keep the section updated with new exhibitors joining mini-fair.

If you would like to join Forum as exhibitor contact us directly:



In order to enable operators to gain more actionable insights and first hand knowledge we will run 4 mini academies on specific topics related to wind farm O&M.

  • 4 miniacademies

  • 1 hour each

  • Limited to 35-40 participants

  • 2 experts per miniacademy

  • 2 case studies per miniacademy

  • Focus on practical knowledge


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About 1st Edition – March 2017

120 people representing 3400 MW wind power (60% of Polish market)

So… what did they say about Forum?

Have you in general found the event as bringing you additional knowledge/insight? Yes – 92%
Have you been able to learn anything that after implementation could increase efficiency of your work? Yes – 73%
Did you like the networking event? Yes – 98%

What is your overall rating of the event?
(rank: from 1–bad to 6-great)

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2nd Wind Farm Operators Forum will be placed in European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk.
Address: pI. Solidarności 1, 80-863 Gdańsk, website:

photo by Dawid Linkowski / ECS Archive

photo by Grzegorz Mehring / ECS Archive


Organisators agreed special prices for WFOF participants with Hotels in walking distance to the Venue. To get special price use one of below passwords during registration.

Hotel Mercure Gdańsk Stare Miasto ****

Prices for Forum participants – password “Farmy wiatrowe”:

Single room + breakfast – 230 PLN
Double room + breakfast – 270 PLN

Hotel website: Hotel Mercure Gdańsk

Hotel Gryf **

Prices for Forum participants – password “FOFW”:

Single room + breakfast – 150 PLN
Double room + breakfast – 205 PLN

Hotel website: Hotel Gryf Gdańsk


Participation fees:

  • 7-21.02.2018 – Early bird price 1000 PLN net per person
  • 22.02.2018-6.03.2018 – Regular price 1500 PLN net per person
  • Onsite registration on 7.03.2018 – 2000 PLN net per person

Miniacademies cost: 200 PLN net / per miniacademy

Price includes:

  • Participation in General sessions Day 1 & 2
  • Access to mini-fair / networking area
  • Coffee breaks and lunch Day 1&2
  • Dinner and networking Party Day 1
  • Simultaneous translation as indicated in Agenda
  • Conference materials

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