EBC Tenth Annual Offshore Wind Conference: T-minus 7 years to 30GW by 2030

Details

Date: February 15, 2023

Time: 7:30 am - 12:30 pm EST

Contact

Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]

Venue

Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP

Louis D. Brandeis Conference Center
155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston MA

This hybrid program will also be hosted on Zoom.

We are 7 years away from the Biden Administration’s goal of achieving 30 Gigawatts of Offshore Wind by 2030.  The past year saw many positive developments in support of this ambitious goal. Massachusetts has announced plans to expand the Commonwealths’ offshore wind goal to 11,000 MW; The August 2022 “Inflation Reduction Act” provides ~$100 billion in renewable energy tax incentives.  New England continues to be in great position for reaping the environmental, economic and social benefits of building commercial-scale offshore wind energy.

Here in Massachusetts, Vineyard Wind LLC, a joint venture of AVANGRID and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, is building the 800 MW Vineyard Wind 1 project, located 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard.  The first year of construction has focused on the onshore substation, the duct bank system for ~4.5 miles of underground cables, the horizontal directional drilling shoreline transition at Covell’s Beach in Barnstable and the initial runs of offshore cable  When completed in 2024, Vineyard Wind  will generate electricity for more than 400,000 homes and businesses, create an estimated 3,600 full time equivalent job years, save their electricity customers an estimated $1.4 billion over the first 20 years of operation, and reduce carbon emissions by more than 1.6 million metric tons per year (the equivalent of taking 325,000 cars off the road annually).

A second utility scale project, South Fork, is under construction in federal waters off Rhode Island.  Jointly owned by Orsted and Eversource, this 132 MW twelve turbine project will provide renewable energy to the New York grid via a connection in the Town of East Hampton NY.  The South Fork project is located about 35 miles east of Montauk Point, and BOEM approved the Project’s COP in January 2021.  Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.   Updates on construction progress for both Vineyard Wind 1 and South Fork will be provided at the conference.

Active permitting efforts are underway for several major projects off the southern New England coast, including Revolution Wind, Park City Wind, Mayflower, Sunrise and Beacon Wind.  Offshore Wind Port planning and development activity is advancing in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. The 1200 MW Mayflower Wind project, owned by Shell and Ocean Winds (a joint venture between Engie and EDP Renewables) received their contract approvals in 2019 and 2021 and are advancing through permitting.

Off the coast of Maine, RWE Renewables Americas and Diamond Offshore Wind are advancing their New England Aqua Ventus LLC (NEAV) floating wind demonstration project. NEAV uses a concrete semi-submersible floating platform supporting a 10-12 MW commercial wind turbine and is in a federally designated area 2 miles south of the island of Monhegan, 14 miles offshore.

In October 2022, the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources and Rhode Island Energy, a PPL company, announced its procurement process for 600-to-1,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy.   Rhode Island Energy is considering a series of non-pricing criteria in the proposals, including statewide economic impacts, proposed labor agreements, siting and permitting and an Environmental Impacts and Environmental and Fisheries Mitigation Plan. Proposals are expected to create benefits in social, environmental justice, economic development, job creation and port development. In addition to the RI procurement, the first half of 2023 is expected to bring additional procurements from NYSERDA and Massachusetts.   In a related development, AVANGRID made a recent filing with the MA Department of Public Utilities (DPU) indicating that its 1,232 MW Commonwealth Wind project, under the terms of an earlier award, was no longer commercially viable due to unexpected and unforeseeable cost escalation.  Given DPU’s denial of a request to renegotiate the original power purchase agreement, AVANGRID expects to rebid the project into an upcoming Massachusetts procurement.

This year’s EBC offshore wind conference will start off with an update from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) will provide an update and forecast on offshore wind procurement in the Commonwealth. Representatives from port facilities and wind developers will summarize their progress and outlook for their projects.

We will also include an update on trends and innovations driving the industry including new technical engineering guidance from National Renewable Energy Laboratory and American Clean Power, new research on gravity-based foundations from Tufts and improved efficiency of offshore wind production by MIT, advancements in floating wind, lessons learned from litigation, and draft guidance to improve the federal permitting process.

The conference will conclude with the ever popular “developer update” presentations!   We invite you to join us in person for what promises to be an exciting and informative half day event.

General 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.

Conference Agenda:

7:30 a.m. Registration & Networking (in-person attendees)

8:00 a.m. Conference Begins

12:30 p.m. Conference Adjourns

Conference Chairs:
  • Wayne Cobleigh, Co-Chair, EBC Offshore Wind Working Group; Vice President, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
  • Stephanie Goyette, Offshore Project Manager, Tetra Tech, Inc.
  • Eric Nestler, Director of Marine Services, Normandeau Associates, Inc.
Conference Speakers:

Setting the Stage

  • Emily Hildreth, Policy Analyst, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) virtual speaker
  • Marian Swain, Deputy Director of Policy and Planning, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER)
  • Rebecca Tepper, Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Permitting Litigation Lessons

  • Christine Dieter, Partner, Hinckley Allen

Construction Updates

  • Kenneth Bowes, Vice President – Offshore Wind Siting & Permitting, Eversource Energy virtual speaker
  • Sean Larson, Senior Construction Manager, JD Hair & Associates, Inc
  • Jack Vaccaro, Senior Consultant, Epsilon Associates

Analysis and Standards

  • Eric Hines, Professor of the Practice, Kentaro Tsutsumi Faculty Fellow, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University School of Engineering
  • Michael F. Howland, Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Walter Musial, Principal Engineer, Offshore Wind Platform Lead, National Wind Technology Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) virtual speaker

Developer Updates & Panel Discussion

  • Jennifer Flood, Permitting Director, Mayflower Wind
  • Ken Kimmell, Vice President of Development for Offshore Wind, AVANGRID
  • Daniel Sieger, Project Development Director, RWE Renewables Offshore
  • Elizabeth Treseder, Head of Area Development, Equinor

Offshore Wind Drinks Boston

Continue to discuss all things offshore wind following the EBC Tenth Annual Offshore Wind Conference.

You are invited to join colleagues and clients at The Bell In Hand Tavern in Boston for Offshore Wind Drinks. This networking opportunity will take place later on Wednesday, February 15 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. upstairs at The Bell In Hand Tavern in Government Center, next to Faneuil Hall in Boston.

For more information and to RSVP, please email Sean Murphy at: [email protected]

The available PowerPoint presentations from the EBC Tenth Annual Offshore Wind Conference: T-minus 7 years to 30GW by 2030 will be posted to this event page five business days after the conclusion of the conference.

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

Webinar Recording

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 conference recording, please contact the EBC office.

EBC Members

The conference 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

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

  • All attendees must submit the required health questionnaire while registering for this event.
  • Attendees are encouraged to take an at-home test prior to attending any EBC in-person program.
  • While encouraged, masking is not required.
  • Please do not attend this program if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: a cough, shortness of breath, troubled breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste, or loss of smell.
  • Please do not attend this event if you are testing positive for COVID-19, or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Have Questions?

If you have any questions about attending this program, please reach out to EBC staff by calling the office (617-505-1818) or via email ([email protected]).

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Registration Details

In-Person Registration (scroll down for Virtual)

In-person registration will close at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, 2023.

Refunds are not available after Friday, February 10, 2023. No-shows will be charged.

Any changes in registration type made after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 10, 2023 will result in a $25 Administrative Fee.

COVID-19 Policy: Please keep in mind that every in-person attendee must be vaccinated and attendees must submit the required health information while registering.

If registration occurs  ——–>February 8After February 8
EBC Member:$90$120
Non-Member:$120$150
Government/Non-Profit:$50$50

Group Registration

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

Subsidized Registration

EBC Members Only – Ascending Professional Rate: $50
Attendees who have worked in the environmental/energy sector for less than 10 years.

Job Seeker Rate: $50
For attendees who are currently unemployed. Please contact EBC

Elected Officials: Please contact EBC

Students: Please contact EBC

 

Virtual Registration

Registration to attend virtually will close at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 15, 2023.

Refunds are not available after Friday, February 10, 2023. No-shows will be charged.

Any changes in registration type made after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 10, 2023 will result in a $25 Administrative Fee.

If registration occurs  ——–>Through February 8After February 8
EBC Member:$90$120
Non-Member:$120$150
Government/Non-Profit:$50$50

Group Registration

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

Subsidized Registration

EBC Members Only – Ascending Professional Rate: $50
Attendees who have worked in the environmental/energy sector for less than 10 years.

Job Seeker Rate: $50
For attendees who are currently unemployed.

Please contact EBC

Elected Officials: Please contact EBC

Students: Please contact EBC

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