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EBC New Hampshire Offshore Wind Program: Collaboration Toward a Gulf of Maine Consortium

October 24, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT

This EBC New Hampshire Program will address opportunities and challenges as NH prepares for the upcoming Gulf of Maine Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force that will focus on Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf.

In the next four years, US developers are expecting to manufacture, construct and install over 4,000 megawatts of offshore wind power, much of it off the Atlantic coast.*  In order to compete globally, the US market requires special skills and resources garnered from multiple states.  New Hampshire is well-positioned to provide these resources and gain commercial benefits, and the state has a long history of collaboration in regional work groups and councils.

This EBC Offshore Wind Program will feature expert presentations by State, Federal and Industry leaders and a panel session to address challenges and opportunities, as well as necessary next steps for New Hampshire. Some major regional challenges include identifying US supply chain capacities and developing cooperation among states on regional port strategies, workforce issues, electricity transmission and grid integration.

Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.


Program Co-Chairs:

  • Robert LaBelle, (Retired) Deputy Associate Director, Offshore Energy, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • Colonel (Retired) Curtis Thalken, P.E., Senior Vice President, Normandeau Associates, Inc.

Speaker Agenda:

Offshore Wind Update — BOEM Process for Planning, Leasing, & Development

  • Darryl Francois, Office of Renewable Energy Programs, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Role of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)

  • Bruce Carlisle, Senior Director, Offshore Wind, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

State Agency Perspectives

  • Taylor Caswell, Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs
  • Ted Diers, Bureau of Watershed Management Administration, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
  • Joe Doiron, Deputy Director & State Energy Program Administrator, New Hampshire Office of Strategic Initiatives
  • Doug Grout, Chief of Marine Division, New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game

Offshore Wind Developer Perspectives

  • Ken Bowes, Vice President, Offshore Wind Siting & Permitting, Eversource Energy
  • Bill White, Managing Director, EnBW North America

Following the speaker presentations will be a moderated discussion.

Panel Moderator:

  • Barry Needleman, Partner, McLane Middleton

Attendee List

James Andrews, Granite Shore Power, President
Michael Behrmann, Clean Energy NH, Director of Business Development
Jay Borkland, Lloyd’s Register Energy Americas / Boston, Senior Engineering Manager, Renewables Lead – Americas
Benji Borowski, Preti Flaherty, Attorney
Holly Carlson, Johnston Epsilon Associates, Inc., Associate
Joe Casey, IBEW
Bruce Clendenning, The Nature Conservancy, Energy Policy Manager
Stephen Conant, Anbaric Development Partners, Partner
Lisa DeFronzo, Hinckley Allen, Associate
Brian Dresser, Tetra Tech, Inc., Director of Fisheries Programs
Carol Foss, NH Audubon, Senior Advisor for Science and Policy
Diane Foster, University of New Hampshire, Dr.
Tony Giunta, Nobis Group, Senior Client Manager
Christy Hartmann, SWCA Environmental Consultants, Senior Project Manager, NEPA
Molly Hayes, Office of Congressman Chris Pappas, Staff
Nathan Henderson, HDR, New England Resources Business Group Director
David Hughes, EDP Renewables Offshore North America, Project Analyst
Paul Knapik, BSC Group, Inc., Project Manager/Wetland Scientist
Robert LaBelle, N/A, Program Co-Chair
Stefanie Lamb, Geosyntec Consultants, Senior Geologist
Robin Main, Hinckley Allen, Partner
William Monette, Ramboll, Project Manager
Jackie Motyka, NERACOOS, Operations Manager
Christian Mulvihill, Granite Shore Power, Associate
Eric Nestler, Normandeau Associates, Inc., Senior Principal Scientist
Rebecca Newhall, Department of Commerce/NOAA, Northeast Region Liaison
Jim OBrien, The Nature Conservancy, Director of External Affairs
Alex Ritchie, Ritchie Associates
Benjamin Roberts, Marsh, VP, Energy & Power – US Offshore Wind
Julia Robinson Willmott, Normandeau Associates, Principal Scientist
Annie Ropeik, New Hampshire Public Radio, Reporter: Energy & Environment
Alan Small, GM2 Associates Inc., Senior Vice President
Eric Steinhauser, Sanborn Head, Principal
Erik Taylor, Elevare Communications
Elizabeth Tillotson, Granite Shore Power, Executive Director
Jacob Tinus, Burns & McDonnell, Project Manager, Environmental Services
Sherrie Trefry, VHB, Director of Energy and Environmental Services
Stephen Von Vogt, Maine Maine Composites, CEO
David Watters, NH Senate Senator

Final Agenda – New Hampshire Offshore Wind Update
Presentations are posted to the Presentations section of the EBC website.

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October 24, 2019
7:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT


Environmental Business Council of New England
375 Harvard Street, Suite 2
Brookline, MA 02446 United States
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(617) 505-1818
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October 24, 2019
7:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT


Environmental Business Council of New England
375 Harvard Street, Suite 2
Brookline, MA 02446 United States
+ Google Map
(617) 505-1818
View Venue Website