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EBC Renewable Energy Program: Status of Offshore Wind Planning in New England: Reviewing the Building Blocks of an Emerging Industry

Federal and state efforts to seed an offshore wind industry are moving ahead rapidly, and new developments in state programs and the federal leasing process are shaping the fortunes of this emerging sector.  The heightened activity on the regulatory front is clear; but what are the salient steps in the process and how are they benefitting the private sector?  This EBC Program will focus on bringing participants up to speed with federal and state planning efforts with an eye toward assessing the timeframe for business development opportunities for various industry sectors in New England.

Program Chair: 

Stephen B. Barrett
Director of Clean Energy

Federal Offshore Wind Program

  • Ned Farquhar, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals, US Department of the Interior
  • Mark Rodgers, Communications Director, Cape Wind

Regulatory Segment Panel
Moderator: Deerin Babb-Brott, Director of Operations, Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and Security

  • Massachusetts – Bill White, Assistant Secretary for Federal Relations, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island – Grover Fugate, Executive Director, Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council
  • Maine  – Paul Williamson, Maine Wind Industry Initiative

Private Industry Segment Panel
Moderator: Stephen Barrett, Director of Clean Energy, HMMH

  • Energy Development – Jeffrey Grybowski,Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Vice President for Strategy and External Affairs, Deepwater Wind
  • Submarine Cable Systems