EBC 3rd Annual Rhode Island Offshore Wind Conference: Partnering for the Future of Offshore Wind in Rhode Island

Details

Date: November 18, 2022

Contact

Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]

Venue

Virtual Event

Information for viewing the webinar will be shared with registered attendees in a confirmation email.

The offshore wind industry has taken off since Rhode Island became home to the first offshore wind project in the nation with the successful installation of the 30 MW Block Island Wind Farm in 2017. In 2021, Vineyard Wind became the first large-scale offshore wind project approved in the United States, and South Fork Wind followed closely earlier this year. Revolution Wind, the first commercial-scale offshore wind project to make landfall in Rhode Island, is currently working its way through the permitting process and is expected to receive approval in 2023. The question is no longer whether offshore will come to the region, but rather what does it mean for Rhode Island now that it’s here.

At the same time, Rhode Island has continued to take bold steps to address climate change, including by setting some of the most aggressive mandatory greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets in the nation through the 2021 Act on Climate. Offshore wind will play an indispensable role in meeting these targets. And meeting these targets also will require a modernized grid. Under the new leadership of PPL Corporation, The Narragansett Electric Company will play a key role in shepherding the electric distribution grid into the future and developing the next round of offshore wind procurements that will propel Rhode Island towards its clean energy goals.

The third annual EBC Rhode Island Offshore Wind Conference will explore what comes next for offshore wind in Rhode Island. The Conference will feature Senator Whitehouse discussing the latest legislative developments and port infrastructure investments that will help move Rhode Island’s green economy forward. Senator Whitehouse has introduced a bill called the Reinvesting in Shoreline Economies and Ecosystems (RISEE) Act, which could play a pivotal role in directing how the U.S. funds coastal resilience by ensuring federal leasing revenue from offshore wind production is used to build coastal resilience in the states and communities closest to that offshore wind production.  Whitehouse also created the National Oceans and Coastal Security Fund as a “sister-fund” to the more inland-focused, Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The Conference also will offer a unique roundtable format to give voice to the many stakeholders actively engaged in this burgeoning industry.

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.0 training contact hours). Certificates are automatically provided via email link for registered attendees at the conclusion of the webinar.

Additional information can be found under the tabs above.
Program Chairs:
  • Wayne Cobleigh, Vice President – Client Services, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
  • Christine Dieter, Partner, Hinckley Allen
  • Stacey Snow, PE, ENV SP, Offshore Wind Project Manager, Jacobs
Speaker Agenda:

Keynote Speaker

U.S. Senator, Sheldon Whitehouse
Rhode Island

Supply Chain and Workforce Development Strategies – RI and the Region

  • Jamie Buck, Offshore Wind Supply Chain Manager, Rhode Island Commerce Corporation
  • Tamika Jacques, Director of Workforce Development and Supply Chain, Avangrid Renewables

The Importance of Diversified Approaches to Stakeholder Engagement

  • Dugan Becker, Community Liaison Officer, Mayflower Wind
  • Joel Southall, Fisheries Liaison Officer, Mayflower Wind

Offshore Wind Law and 600 to 1,000 Megawatt Offshore Wind Procurement RFP

  • Christopher Kearns, Interim Energy Commissioner, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources

Port Development Updates

  • Joseph Riccio, Port Director, Port of Davisville / Quonset Development Corporation

The available PowerPoint presentations from the EBC Rhode Island Offshore Wind Conference: Partnering for the Future of Offshore Wind in Rhode Island can be viewed below.

Presentations – EBC Rhode Island Offshore Wind Conference: Partnering for the Future of Offshore Wind in Rhode Island

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

Webinar Recording

Registered Attendees

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

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

EBC Members

The webinar 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 via email at [email protected] or by phone at 617-505-1818.

Non-Members

Non-Members are welcome to register and pay the Non-Member registration rate to receive access to the webinar recording five business days after the conclusion of the webinar.

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