By - Jon Brown

Offshore Wind: East & West Coast Implementation
March 30-31, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

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Overview

Offshore Wind development is accelerating in the United States. According to a recent Wood Mackenzie study, the U.S. could benefit from 28 new gigawatts of wind power and $1.7 billion in U.S. Treasury revenue by 2022.

Offshore wind developers are moving to set up their projects, but many questions remain, including permitting delays, supply chain, grid capacity, and environmental concerns. There are many rewards to be had: one successful offshore wind project could provide millions to develop port and transmission infrastructure, and the offshore wind array itself.

The Offshore Wind Implementation Summit, will bring leading developers, utilities, transmission companies, RTOs/ISOs, and industry experts to present their perspective, lessons from early projects, and solutions for the challenges of offshore wind development. You’ll hear best practices for preparing ports for staging offshore wind, developing Jones Act compliant marine logistics, the cost and timelines of environmental studies, and filling infrastructure gaps and needs. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to engage in meaningful one-on-one conversations and build strategic partnerships.

Learning Outcomes

This course will provide attendees an opportunity to:

  • Discuss up-to-the-minute policies for offshore wind permitting
  • Review BOEM process and timelines
  • Evaluate processes for offshore wind integration and grid modernization
  • Overview port strategy for the Atlantic region and port research for the West coast
  • Assess best practices for engagement with conflicting ocean users and determining environmental impacts
  • Get a deep dive into the economic benefits and potential of offshore wind
  • Discuss big picture strategies for successful offshore wind project implementation
  • Identify how to take advantage of a multitude of supply chain opportunities
  • Explore how oil and gas companies are including offshore wind in their portfolios
  • Analyze the nuances of East Coast vs. West Coast implementation for offshore wind
  • Get the latest research on West Coast offshore wind development
  • Determine best practices and mechanisms to build community support for offshore wind projects

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.9 CEUs for this conference and 0.3 CEUs for the workshop.

 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, video, and Q&A will be used in the program.

Who Should Attend

  • Offshore Wind Project Developers
  • Offshore Wind Project Managers
  • Utility Leaders
  • Grid and Transmission personnel
  • Asset Owners
  • Wind Turbine OEMs
  • Electric Cable OEMs
  • Contractors
  • Consultants
  • Government Agencies
  • Maritime Support Entities
  • EPCI Contractors
  • Marine Contractors
  • Shipping Companies
  • Port Authorities
  • Offshore Wind NGOs
  • Environmental NGOs
  • Lenders and Counsel
  • Investors and Financers

Agenda

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 : Central Time

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Conference Timing

12:45 – 1:00 p.m. :: Log In

1:00 – 1:05 p.m. :: Welcome Remarks


1:05 – 2:00 p.m. :: Policy & Regulatory Overview

The new administration’s climate plan promises a goal of “doubling offshore wind by 2030” on the route to a 100% clean power sector. For industry observers, that target would likely have to include the West Coast, along with planned projects in the East. There are currently 15 active commercial leases for offshore wind development in the U.S. According to a report released by the American Wind Energy Association, if fully built, these leases would support up to 30 GW of offshore wind capacity. Industry leaders are hopeful that federal teams will be created to oversee issues facing new development, including grid capacity on the East Coast, and start planning for future auctions in new areas. During this session, attendees will get an up-to-the-minute update on federal policies and permitting.

James Bennett, Program Manager, Office of Renewable Energy, BOEM

Kate McGregor, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior (invited)


2:00 – 2:45 p.m. :: Project Timeline Updates

There are currently 15 active commercial leases for offshore wind development in the U.S., but the later BOEM decision on the Vineyard Wind project and the need for a cumulative impact analysis of offshore wind along the East Coast are causing some delays. With the final EIS scheduled to be published December 18 and the environmental review tracking to be finalized January 15, this session will cover takeaways from the process and outline the latest timelines for implementation of planned developments.

Jake Frye, Senior Engineer, DNV GL

Senior Representative, Vineyard Wind

2:45- 3:00 p.m. :: Networking Break


3:00 – 3:45 p.m. :: Renewable Energy Integration and Grid Modernization

Offshore wind offers potential for large increases in power production, but it will take a major extension of the grid to unlock that possibility. RTOs/ISOs can be hesitant to build transmission without committed generation. The modeling of offshore electrical transmission systems needs to be analyzed. This session will discuss grid-system reliability, grid losses and options.

Yachi Lin, Senior Manager, Transmission Planning, New York ISO


3:45 – 4:15 p.m. :: Assessing and Mitigating Environmental Impacts

Despite its vast potential, there are a variety of environmental impacts associated with offshore wind that should be recognized and mitigated. Stakeholders must be able to differentiate between real and perceived risk. This panel will bring together representatives from the National Wildlife Federation and the Natural Resources Defense Council to discuss collaboration to ensure that projects are scientifically defensible.

Sandy Aylesworth, Ocean Advocate, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Catherine Bowes, Program Director, Offshore Wind Energy, National Wildlife Federation (NWF)


4:15 – 4:45 p.m. :: Renewable Investment Strategies: Offshore Wind

Energy companies are developing renewable investment strategies to reduce the carbon footprint of their operations. Many operators with offshore oil and gas development experience are well-positioned to include offshore wind as a piece of their renewable strategy. In this session, we will discuss how oil and gas companies are pivoting to offshore wind.

Val Stori, Project Director, Offshore Wind, Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA)


4:45 – 5:00 p.m. :: Open Q & A

5:00 p.m. :: Day 1 adjourns


Wednesday, March 31, 2021 : Central Time

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. :: Conference Timing

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In and Welcome


9:00 – 9:45 a.m. :: Challenges & Strategies for East Coast Projects

East Coast offshore wind developers and researchers will present an open forum for the discussion of the biggest challenges they are facing with projects and lessons learned.

Carrie Cullen-Hitt, Executive Director, National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium

Eric Thumma, Director, New Business Offshore Wind, Avangrid


9:45 – 10:30 a.m. :: Establishing the Supply Chain for East Coast Projects

The establishment of usable ports, staging areas and manufacturing capabilities is imperative as projects ramp up along the East Coast. This session will discuss the facilities, technology, and personnel needed to support offshore wind development.

Bruce Carlisle, Executive Director, Mass CEC

Maria Ravn, US Lead, MHI Vestas (invited)

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Short break


10:45 – 11:15 a.m. :: Port Strategies for the East Coast

For full development of Offshore Wind on the East Coast, the right port infrastructure must be built. In this session, the Director of the New Bedford Port Authority will discuss the readying of East Coast ports for robust offshore wind development, including proposed state financing and collaborative port strategies.

Edward Anthes-Washburn, CEO & Port Director, New Bedford Port Authority


11:15 – 11:30 a.m. :: Open Q&A

11:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break


1:15 – 1:45 p.m. :: Challenges & Strategies for West Coast Projects

This session will include details on the unique challenges and strategies for floating projects, including transmission and military activity in the potential wind energy development areas.

Jason Busch, Executive Director, POET


1:45 – 2:15 p.m. :: West Coast Research Update

During this session we will detail information from recent studies including the upcoming port report for California and the significance of other new studies pertinent to offshore wind development on the West coast. New information covered will include:

  • NREL’s new cost study
  • NREL’s new Wind Data for CA and its implications
  • Port Infrastructure in Humboldt
  • PNNL’s Oregon Study on values of offshore wind

Rebecca O’Neill, Team Lead, Renewables,  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


2:15 – 3:00 p.m. :: Floating Offshore Wind & Deep-Water Transmission

There are a vast number of possible platform and transmission configurations designed to address the challenges of deep-water transmission. Fixed converter platforms and HVDC transmission are recommended, but can projects afford that technology? This session will include discussions on:

  • Planned Mesh Networks vs Radial Lines
  • Pros and Cons of AC vs DC
  • Dynamic cabling challenges of floating offshore wind
  • TRED project

Erik Hale, Vice President, Project Director, POWER Engineers

Bob Mitchell, Founding Co-Partner, Three Rivers Energy Development (invited)

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. :: Short Break


3:15 – 4:30 p.m. :: Mechanisms for Community Support  

The benefits of offshore wind development are clear: offshore wind will create 46,000 jobs through 2030 according to the DOE and deliver large amounts of clean energy. Public participation in the development process is critical. This session will discuss strategies for community engagement and communication.

Matthew Marshall, Executive Director, Redwood Coast Energy Authority

Shannon Souza, Executive Director, Oregon Coast Energy Alliance Network (OCEAN)

4:30 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns

 

Speakers

  • Edward Anthes-Washburn, CEO & Port Director, New Bedford Port Authority

  • Sandy Aylesworth, Ocean Advocate, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

  • James Bennett, Program Manager, Office of Renewable Energy, BOEM

  • Catherine Bowes, Program Director, Offshore Wind Energy, National Wildlife Federation (NWF)

  • Jason Busch, Executive Director, POET

  • Bruce Carlisle, Executive Director, Mass CEC

  • Carrie Cullen-Hitt, Executive Director, National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium

  • Jake Frye, Senior Engineer, DNV GL

  • Erik Hale, Vice President, Project Director, POWER Engineers

  • Yachi Lin, Senior Manager, Transmission Planning, New York ISO

  • Matthew Marshall, Executive Director, Redwood Coast Energy Authority

  • Kate McGregor, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior (invited)

  • Bob Mitchell, Founding Co-Partner, Three Rivers Energy Development (invited)

  • Rebecca O’Neill, Team Lead, Renewables,  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

  • Maria Ravn, US Lead, MHI Vestas (invited)

  • Shannon Souza, Executive Director, Oregon Coast Energy Alliance Network (OCEAN)

  • Val Stori, Project Director, Offshore Wind, Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA)

  • Eric Thumma, Director, New Business Offshore Wind, Avangrid

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.

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