EBC 11th Annual New England Regional Offshore Wind Conference


Date: February 13, 2024


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


Virtual Event

Due to weather impacts, this conference will no longer have an in-person component. Information for viewing the webinar will be shared with registered attendees in a confirmation email.

Accessibility: EBC is committed to providing an environment that is accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you need a disability-related accommodation, or have other questions, please contact us at [email protected].

Please note: Due to the impending storm, EBC has switched this conference to entirely virtual. All registered attendees will receive the login information accordingly.

Growing Ahead with Tailwinds and Headwinds

The offshore wind industry continues to pick up speed with 2024 bringing us one year closer to the Biden Administration’s goal of achieving 30 Gigawatts of Offshore Wind by 2030 while protecting biodiversity and ocean co-use. Four more commercial scale offshore wind projects are now approved on the east coast bringing the total number of approved projects in the U.S. up to six, alongside the country’s offshore wind pipeline surpassing 52 GW of expected capacity across 32 active lease areas. With offshore wind energy imminently nearing grid connection, the Biden-Harris Administration released a roadmap this past year to accelerate offshore wind transmission and improve grid resilience and reliability. Amidst these nationwide advances, New England continues to be in great position for reaping the environmental, economic and social benefits of building commercial-scale offshore wind energy.

Alongside progress made towards reaching these federal goals, many New England states set or increased offshore wind goals this past year. Maryland Governor Wes Moore raised the state’s offshore wind target from 2 GW to 8.5 GW, aiming to achieve 100% clean energy by 2035. Maine lawmakers passed a bill that set a state offshore wind procurement goal of 3 GW by 2040. Connecticut released its first strategic roadmap for offshore wind, outlining expansion opportunities to help achieve its state goal of 100% zero-carbon electricity by 2040. In October, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut signed a first-time agreement for multi-state offshore wind procurement. The states requested that developers submit multi-state offshore wind project proposals for consideration by the soliciting parties through their respective 2024 offshore wind procurements which combine to up to 6 GW.

Active planning for new lease areas has continued in New England with a draft wind energy area identified in the Gulf of Maine. In August, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management BOEM released the NOI Checklist to establish threshold requirements for information to be included in construction and operations plans (COPs) before they will issue the formal Notice of Intent (NOI). It also provides a detailed set of recommendations for federal interagency engagement milestones that should occur before the NOI is issued.

Existing offshore wind leases have made considerable progress on development and construction during the past year with offshore construction beginning on multiple projects offshore New England. Offshore substations were installed both at the 800 MW Vineyard Wind 1 project offshore Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts and at the 132 MW South Fork Wind project offshore Rhode Island. The industry hit a milestone with South Fork achieving first power from an offshore wind turbine built for a commercial project sending electricity to the grid in December. Construction updates on existing leases will be featured at this conference.

This year’s EBC offshore wind conference is structured as a longer event to allow for more diverse presentations and more audience interaction. The program will kick off with a review of milestones and history of the U.S. offshore wind industry followed by an update from BOEM on the NOI checklist and initiatives to streamline the permitting process of offshore wind projects. We’ll hear updates from Vineyard Wind and South Fork on construction progress.

The conference will conclude with updates on port development and expansion to accommodate offshore wind followed by the ever popular “developer update” presentations!

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (5.5 training contact hours). Certificates are automatically provided via email link for registered attendees at the conclusion of the program.

Additional information can be found under the tabs above.
Conference Agenda:

Historical Overview – How did we get here?

  • Rachel Pachter, Chief Development Officer, Vineyard Offshore
  • Matt Palmer (retired – Past CEO and President, Wood Thilsted USA)

BOEM – Past, Present, Future

  • David Diamond, Deputy Chief, Atlantic Operations, Office of Renewable Energy Programs, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Update for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

  • Joanna Troy, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Energy Resources, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Coastal Permitting Update

  • Hollie Emery, Offshore Project Review Specialist, Office of Coastal Zone Management, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Luke Feinberg, Energy Program Specialist, Office of Renewable Energy Programs, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • Melanie Gearon, Head of Northeast Permitting, Region Americas Ørsted

Construction on Vineyard Wind 1 and South Fork

  • Jamie Lescinski, Business Development Director, US Offshore Renewables, Boskalis Offshore Energy
  • Nathaniel Mayo, Director of Public Affairs, Vineyard Offshore
  • Timothy McCarthy, Offshore Wind and Renewable Green Energy Representative, IBEW Local 25 in NY
  • Matthew Raymond, Vice President, Haugland Group LLC

Ocean Tech Hub: A Regional Opportunity to Spark the Ocean Technology Innovation Ecosystem

  • Lisa Carnevale, Vice President, Innovation Initiatives, Rhode Island Commerce Corporation – virtual speaker

Potential Hydrodynamic Impacts of Offshore Wind Energy on Nantucket Shoals Regional Ecology: An Evaluation from Wind to Whales

  • Josh Kohut, Professor, Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University


Offshore Wind Port Development and Construction – Suitability, Permitting, Design and Funding

  • John Berry, Director of Terminal Operations, Offshore Wind, Crowley Wind Services
  • Bruce Carlisle, Managing Director, Offshore Wind, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
  • Joseph Riccio, Port Director, Port of Davisville, Quonset Development Corporation
  • Chris Waterson, President & CEO, Waterson Terminal Services, LLC

Maine Update

  • Dan Burgess, Director, Governor’s Energy Office, State of Maine

Developer Panel

  • Kenneth Kimmell, Chief Development Officer, Avangrid
  • Carrie Hitt, Senior Director, Grid and Transmission Policy, Vineyard Offshore
  • Rebecca Ullman, Head of Stakeholders, Ocean Winds North America
  • Nicole Verdi, Esq. Head of Government Affairs & Policy, New England, Ørsted


Conference Schedule:
  • 8:30 a.m. – Program Begins
  • 2:30 p.m. – Program Adjourns
Conference Chairs:
  • Wayne Cobleigh, Vice President, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
  • Minna Mathiasson, Offshore Wind Project Manager, Tetra Tech
  • Deborah Rutecki, Principal Scientist, Normandeau Associates, Inc.
Conference Planning Team:
  • Ted Barten, Managing Principal, Epsilon Associates
  • Matt Cadwallader, Business Development, North America & Brazil, TerraSond
  • Carlie Clarcq, New England Manager of Public Affairs, Equinor
  • Barry Logue, Vice President, Energy and Low Carbon Transition, Scottish Development
  • Daniel Mendelsohn, Principal, Innovative Environmental Science
  • Jill Rowe, Associate, Epsilon Associates, Inc.
  • Wendy Venoit, Member, Cozen O’Connor

Sponsorship Levels & Benefits

All sponsorships include the following basic benefits:

  • Your company’s logo with link included on the program’s online listing
  • Your company’s logo on printed sponsor sign at the program
  • Your company’s logo included in the program PowerPoint
  • Your company name and link on program thank-you follow-up emails to attendees
  • Showcasing table to display your company services – if requested

$2,000 – Platinum Sponsorship benefits include:

  • Basic Benefits listed above plus
    • Four complimentary registrations for the program

$1,000 – Gold Sponsorship benefits include:

  • Basic Benefits listed above plus
    • Two complimentary registrations for the program

$500 – Silver Sponsorship benefits include:

  • Basic Benefits listed above plus
    • One complimentary registration for the program

$250 – Bronze Sponsorship benefits include:

  • Basic Benefits listed above plus
    • Please note: this sponsor level does not include complimentary registrations for the program

The available presentations from the EBC 11th Annual New England Regional Offshore Wind Conference can be viewed below.

Presentations – 11th Annual New England Regional Offshore Wind Conference

EBC does not guarantee that each speaker presentation will be posted.

Conference Recording

Program recording of any kind is not permitted by outside parties.

Registered Attendees

All registered attendees receive the link to the conference recording five business days after the conclusion of the conference. If you are a registered attendee and did not receive the webinar recording, please contact the EBC office.

EBC Members

The recording is available to EBC Members via the Info Hub. If you are an employee of an EBC Member Company and cannot access the Info Hub, please contact the EBC Office.


Non-Members are welcome to register and pay the Non-Member registration rate to receive access to the recording.

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