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EBC 8th Annual New England Offshore Wind Conference: 2020 Decisions and Outlook for Permits, Procurements and Ports

December 2, 2020 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

In a year of unprecedented global economic and public health impacts from COVID-19 and climate change, the U.S. offshore wind developers and supply chain are cautiously optimistic that federal, state and industry decisions will be made in 2020 that will advance us to permit approval, design and installation of large-scale commercial offshore wind farms.

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Decisions are also being made by over 300 members of the US Offshore Wind Technical Advisory Panel for the development of standards for compliance practices. These draft US standards under development since 2017 will be voted on soon for approval and advancement to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) industry consensus-building standard adoption process.

These collective decisions in 2020 and 2021 will strengthen the growing U.S. offshore wind position in the global market and help improve worker health and safety, economic recovery, and protection of the environment.

Equinor Wind US, Ørsted, Mayflower Wind, and Vineyard Wind are advancing their offshore wind development projects in the Northeast. Representatives of each of these developers have been invited to provide updates on the decisions being made to advance the industry and the outlook for 2021 and beyond.

The states of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island have awarded long term power contracts to Park City Wind, Vineyard Wind, Mayflower Wind and Ørsted. New Hampshire and Maine have joined in the market.

Redevelopment of two ports in Rhode Island and two ports in Connecticut is underway to complement the first US offshore wind port at the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal.

The State of Rhode Island’s Governor Gina Raimondo announced in October a plan to procure 600 MW of new offshore wind generation capacity. A draft RFP will be released in 2020, and the State anticipates releasing a final RFP during early 2021. This announcement is in-line with the Governor’s order to place Rhode Island on the path toward meeting 100 percent of its electricity demand with renewable energy resources by 2030. Governor Raimondo stated, “Offshore wind will help us achieve that bold, but achievable goal, while creating jobs and cementing our status as a major hub in the nation’s burgeoning offshore wind industry.”

Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.5 training contact hours). Please send an email to EBC staff (ebc@ebcne.org) following the conclusion of the program to receive a certificate.

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Program Agenda

Program Chairs:

  • Wayne Cobleigh, Vice President, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
  • Eric Nestler, Senior Principal Scientist, Normandeau Associates, Inc.
  • Nathalie Schils, Director of Offshore Energy – East Coast, Tetra Tech

Speaker Agenda:

Welcoming Remarks

The Honorable Gina Raimondo
Governor of the State of Rhode Island

Federal and State Offshore Wind Energy Year in Review and Outlook for 2021

  • James Bennett, Program Manager, Renewable Energy Program, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Dan Burgess, Director, Maine Governor’s Energy Office
  • Katie Dykes, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
  • Patrick Woodcock, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Update from Leaseholders and Developers in CT, MA, RI and beyond  

Vineyard Wind, LLC

  • Nathaniel Mayo, Director, Public Affairs

 Mayflower Wind Energy, LLC

  • Ruth Perry, Marine Science and Regulatory Policy Specialist

Ørsted – Revolution Wind – Joint venture with Eversource

  • Sophie Hartfield Lewis, Head of Permitting, Marine Affairs & Real Estate

Equinor Wind US

  • Scott Lundin, Head of Permitting – New England

U.S. Offshore Wind Standards Compliance – Energy Storage & Global Port Trends

  • Walter Musial, Principal Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Igor Dabik, Manager, Infrastructure and Project Finance, Deloitte US

Impact Mitigation & Stakeholders – Panel and Audience Q&A

Decisions and Lessons from 2020 – Fishing, Marine-life, Environmental, Workforce, and Economic Development

Panel Members:

  • Bruce Carlisle, Managing Director of Offshore Wind, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
  • Beth Casoni, Executive Director, Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association
  • Chris Hansen, Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Josh Kaplowitz, Senior Counsel, US Offshore Wind, GE Renewable Energy
  • David Michel, Connecticut State Representative, Connecticut Offshore Wind Commission for Environmental Standards
  • Francis Pullaro, Executive Director, RENEW Northeast
  • (Also included in the panel are the speakers listed above)

Webinar Details

Webinar: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Individual Registration

If registration occurs  ——–> Through November 18 Through November 30 After November 30
EBC Member: $100 $120 $145
Non-Member: $145 $165 $185
Government/Non-Profit: $50 $50 $50

Group Registration
For EBC Members only – register five attendees for the price of four!
Discount will automatically be applied during online registration.

Fine Print
Please note that refunds are not available after December 2, 2020. No-shows will be charged. Please keep in mind that online registration for this webinar will close at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 2.


Subsidized Registration

EBC Members Only – Ascending Professional Rate: $25
Attendees who have worked in the environmental/energy sector for less than 10 years.

Job Seeker Rate: $25
For attendees currently seeking employment, not for those currently self-employed.

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