Foley Hoag and NECEC Host Emerging Trend Series: Offshore Wind

May 10, 2017

The Energy and Cleantech practice of Foley Hoag LLP and the Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC) are set to host a forum on the future of the offshore wind industry in the United States. The event will take place May 11, 2017, in the Boston and New York offices of Foley Hoag. A live video stream will connect panelists and guests at both locations during the event.

The event will present an in-depth discussion among offshore wind developers, leading public officials, investors and experts at the cutting edge of the nation’s emerging offshore wind market. Europe has dominated this unique market for the last 15 years, installing over 12,000 megawatts of offshore wind projects across ten different countries. However, recent developments spearheaded by Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island signal that this long-awaited new industry may finally be gaining momentum in the U.S.

“This is a pivotal moment in the formation of the U.S. offshore wind industry, concentrated here in the Northeast,” said Alicia Barton, Co-Chair of Foley Hoag’s Energy and Cleantech Practice Group. “States like Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island are sending strong signals that are attracting global investment in this promising clean energy resource.”

Within the last year, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a bill authorizing the procurement of 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has committed to 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind off the coast of New York by 2030. At the same time, the first offshore wind project in the nation officially went live off the coast of Rhode Island, and has been successfully powering local grids for the past five months.

As state policies, technology and energy markets are now poised for rapid change, panelists will explain and predict the new developments that will revolutionize the national and global offshore wind industry and frame the opportunity for the Northeast to lead the way in realizing the long-awaited deployment of offshore wind in the U.S.

Moderated in Boston by Barton and in New York by Peter Rothstein, President of NECEC, panelists will include:

  • Lars Thaaning Pederson, Co CEO, Copenhagen Offshore Partner
  • Thomas Brostrom, General Manager North America, Wind Power, DONG Energy
  • Derek Stilwell, Commercial Leader – North America, GE Renewable Energy
  • Stephen Pike, CEO, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
  • Clint Plummer, Vice President, Deepwater Wind
  • Doreen Harris, Director of Large Scale Renewables, NYSERDA

For additional event information and registration, please visit the Foley Hoag event page.

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