Offshore Wind in Our Backyard: EBC 4th Annual Rhode Island Offshore Wind Conference


Date: November 17, 2023


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


District Hall Providence

225 Dyer Street
Providence, RI

A map and link to directions is at the bottom of this page.

This hybrid program will also be hosted on Zoom.

Accessibility: EBC is committed to providing an environment that is accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you need a disability-related accommodation, or have other questions, please contact us at [email protected].

Offshore Wind in Our Backyard

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 2023, Vineyard Wind became the first large-scale offshore wind project to begin construction in the United States, with South Fork Wind also under construction. Revolution Wind, the first commercial-scale offshore wind project to make landfall in Rhode Island, has received approval for construction and operation from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.  Located approximately 15 nautical miles offshore southeast of Point Judith, the project will have a generating capacity of approximately 704 megawatts, capable of powering nearly 250,000 homes. With other offshore wind projects in the queue and supporting offshore wind partners setting up shop in Rhode Island, the question is no longer whether the offshore wind industry will come to the region, but rather what does it mean for Rhode Island to be growing it in our backyard.

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. Discussions are underway with state and regional leaders about new opportunities to bring more offshore wind energy to Rhode Island.

The fourth annual EBC Rhode Island Offshore Wind Conference will explore what comes next for offshore wind in Rhode Island.

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 program.

Additional information can be found under the tabs above.
Conference Agenda:

Rhode Island Offshore

  • Kevin Sloan, Coastal Policy Analyst, Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC)
  • Andy Lipsky, Chief, Offshore Wind Ecology Branch, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Kristen Trudell, Lead Offshore Cable Installation Specialist, Ørsted

Rhode Island Ports and Installation


  • William Cox, Vice President of Business Development and Investments, Rhode Island Commerce Corporation


  • Eddy King Chiu, EIT, Project Engineer, Riggs Distler
  • Christopher Waterson, General Manager, Waterson Terminal Services. LLC

Rhode Island Offshore Wind Goals and Opportunities

  • Christopher Kearns, Acting Energy Commissioner, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources
  • Brian Schuster, Head of External Affairs, Rhode Island Energy
  • William Cotta, Commercial Manager & Supply Chain Manager, SouthCoast Wind
Conference Schedule:
  • 8:30 a.m. – Registration & Networking (in-person)
  • 9:00 a.m. – Program Begins
  • 12:00 p.m. – Program Adjourns
Conference Planning Team:
  • Christian Capizzo, Partner, Partridge, Snow & Hahn
  • Christine Dieter, Partner, Hinckley Allen
  • Michael McMahon, Senior Supply Chain Development Manager, Ørsted Americas
  • Daniel Mendelsohn, Principal, Innovative Environmental Science
  • Jill Rowe, Associate, Epsilon Associates, Inc.
  • Stacey Snow, PE, ENV SP, Offshore Wind Project Manager, Jacobs
  • Craig Swanson, Principal Associate, Swanson Environmental Associates
  • Matt Cadwallader, Sales Manager, Terrasond Limited

Sponsorship Levels & Benefits

All sponsorships include the following basic benefits:

  • Your company’s logo with link included on the program’s online listing
  • Your company’s logo on printed sponsor sign at the program
  • Your company’s logo included in the program PowerPoint
  • Your company name and link on program thank-you follow-up emails to attendees
  • Showcasing table to display your company services – if requested

$2,000 – Platinum Sponsorship benefits include:

  • Basic Benefits listed above plus
    • Four complimentary registrations for the program

$1,000 – Gold Sponsorship benefits include:

  • Basic Benefits listed above plus
    • Two complimentary registrations for the program

$500 – Silver Sponsorship benefits include:

  • Basic Benefits listed above plus
    • One complimentary registration for the program

$250 – Bronze Sponsorship benefits include:

  • Basic Benefits listed above plus
    • Please note: this sponsor level does not include complimentary registrations for the program
  • 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]).

The available PowerPoint presentations from the Offshore Wind in Our Backyard: EBC 4th Annual Rhode Island Offshore Wind Conference can be viewed below.

Presentations – Fourth Annual Rhode Island Offshore Wind Conference

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

Conference Recording

Program recording of any kind is not permitted by outside parties.

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 webinar recording, please contact the EBC office.

EBC Members

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

Event Sponsors




District Hall Providence

225 Dyer Street
Providence, RI 02903

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