The industry shaping agenda

Day one Tuesday 25th May 2021 Live Conference Program (US Eastern Time)
Start time End Time Format Session Title Topic
09:00 09:15 Presentation The Federal Strategic Vision for Offshore Wind   
 

Amanda Lefton, Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

 

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09:15 10:00 Panel The States: Where the action is.   State Policy
 

Doreen Harris, CEO, NYSERDA

Tim Sullivan, CEO, NJEDA

 

While consensus for action has been halting in Washington, DC, state leaders have been advancing the offshore wind industry. How are states navigating the competing priorities for time and resources that came their way in 2020, such as COVID response, racial justice, and income inequality? What is the latest and where are they headed?

10:00 10:15 Presentation Winds of Change: Helicopters Elevating Offshore Wind   

Given their size and complexity, offshore wind projects require transportation support from a partner with proven services, capabilities and experience safely operating in demanding environments. Helicopters are a natural fit for offshore wind farms offering safe operations, high efficiency and increased accessibility from installation to maintenance and beyond.

10:15 11:15 Panel A new day for global markets? International cooperation on climate and energy policy.  Markets
 

Peter Abbott OBE, British Consul General, British Consulate Boston

Jonathan Cole, Managing Director, Global Offshore Wind Business, Iberdrola Renewables

Cameron Smith, General Manager APAC and Offshore, Mainstream Renewable Power

Felipe Arbelaez, Senior Vice President, Zero Carbon Energy, BP

 

A new administration in Washington brings with it the potential for international cooperation on climate and energy policy. What are the chances for US-European cooperation? How will changes to global trade and investment policies favor offshore wind development?

11:15 11:30  Presentation Keynote   
 

Siri Espedal Kindem, President, Equinor Wind US

 

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11:30 12:30 Panel Financing US OSW mega projects- how will it shake out?  Finance
 

Alvaro Ortega Sebastián, Chief Financial Officer, Vineyard Wind

 

Until the first utility-scale project is approved with a COP, financing US offshore wind is still unknown territory. What are the debt and equity lenders’ perspectives on offshore wind projects and what is their appetite for risk? What kind of finance structures are developers pursuing? What financing support mechanisms will be available in 2021? Join this session to hear an expert’s account on how the financing of complex multi-billion-dollar US offshore wind projects will shake out.

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Day two Wednesday 26th May 2021 Live Conference Program (US Eastern Time)
Start time End Time Format Session Title Topic
08:45 09:00   Networking   

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09:00 09:15 Presentation

Charting the offshore wind opportunity in the US energy transition. 

Markets
 

Xizhou Zhou, Vice President & Global Managing Director – Global Power & Renewables, IHS Markit

 

With up to 30GW of offshore wind installation expected by 2030, what are the challenges and opportunities facing the industry? What does this mean for investors, developers, regulators, and suppliers? Review the state of US offshore wind in 2021, the key challenges ahead, and proposed solutions to unleash investment in leases, supply chain, transmission, development, and local workforce.

09:15 10:00 Panel The road to 30 GW by 2030.  Federal Policy
 

Marius Griskonis, Partner, New York, White & Case

Amanda Lefton, Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

 

Coming soon

10:00 10:15 Pres/Interview BOEM siting and leasing- Atlantic & pacific status update.  Federal Policy
 

James Bennett, Renewable Energy Program Manager, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

 

Receive an update from BOEM about their siting and leasing priorities for the Atlantic and Pacific coast and how it impacts the 30 GW by 2030 projected pipeline. What immediate challenges are expected in 2021/2022 that may impact projects?

10:15 11:00 Panel Turning momentum into action in 2021.  Markets
 

Hilary Flynn, Business Development Director, National Grid Ventures

Bill White, Head of U.S. Offshore Wind, Avangrid Renewables

Adrienne Downey, Principal Engineer, Offshore Wind, NYSERDA

Dominik Schwegmann, Head of Offshore Development, Americas, RWE Renewables

Anne Marie McShea, Head of Offshore Wind Business Development, Ocean Winds

Joris Veldhoven, Commercial Director, Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind

 

After a decade of momentum, the sector is poised to boom. Now it is time to turn the years of positive momentum into movement and accelerate the project pipeline. But what is the likely scale of growth over the next decade? And what is the relative importance of the factors that are going to push it forwards or hold it back, such as aggressive procurement targets, competitive procurement strategies, contracting practices, tax support, and transmission access? In this session, developer, statesman and key stakeholders will discuss se issues and present actionable solutions to build a sustainable and thriving US offshore wind industry and world-leading supply chain.

11:00 11:15 Pres/Interview New Jersey Has The Wind: The Garden State’s Growing Offshore Wind Industry  Supply Chain
 

President Joseph L. Fiordaliso, New Jersey BPU

 

Learn what it takes to build a world-leading OSW supply chain to supercharge US economic growth and job creation.

11:15 12:00 Panel The next step for the supply chain- Opportunities, outlook, and local content.  Supply chain

The anticipated US offshore wind supply chain boom, projected to generate nearly 30GW of power in seven East Coast states by 2030, presents a $70 billion CAPEX revenue opportunity to businesses in the US supply chain. This session will bring together key stakeholders to discuss the supply chain outlook, opportunities for new market players, how to coordinate resources and mitigate risks to achieve critical project milestones.

12:00 12:15   Networking   

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12:15 12:45 Panel US OSW Permitting Accelerator- B-line to Streamline.  Permitting
     

Michelle Morin, Chief, Environment Branch for Renewable Energy, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Megan Higgins, Senior Director for Development, Avangrid Renewables

 

East coast states have a goal to develop almost 30GW of offshore wind by 2030. However, big issues remain. Should the industry take a centralized or decentralized approach to developing offshore wind transmission and interconnections? How should costs be shared among key stakeholders? And what are the implications of divergent state policies and planning processes on multi-state RTOs?

12:45 1:45 Roundtable Permitting and environmental impact assessment, Process and Planning for greater efficiency.  Permitting

Securing permits for the construction of US wind farms remains a complex and largely untested topic. An OSW lease auction kicks off a chain of events that could last up to 10 years, including around two years of planning and five years of site assessment and surveys. How can this process be optimized to deliver the projected 30GW of capacity by 2030, whilst safeguarding the natural environment? The panel will propose solutions to optimize the process and understanding the environmental impacts of offshore wind farms, taking on board lessons from the Vineyard Wind 1 project, among others.

1:45 2:00   Networking   

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Day three Thursday 27th May 2021 Live Conference Program (US Eastern Time)
Start time End Time Format Session Title Topic
08:45 09:00   Networking   

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09:00 09:15 Pres/Interview State of Floating OSW in 2021  Floating

Coming soon

09:15 10:00 Panel Unlock Development Potential in Floating Wind  Floating
 

Spyridon Martinis Spettel, CEO, Ocean Winds

Sebastian Bringsværd, Head of Floating Wind, Equinor

 

Floating wind farms will eventually unlock the US west coast as well as untapped deep waters around the globe. But new technology brings many challenges. Is it scalable? Is it bankable? Do the economics of projects work? What are the environmental implications of the different floating foundation technologies and project configurations? This session will bring together the foremost experts on floating wind technology to discuss technological breakthroughs and lessons from pilot projects, with a view to accelerate the path to commercialization.

10:00 10:15 Pres/Interview Wind + Hydrogen- Opportunities for new market growth.  Hydrogen

Coming soon.

10:15 11:00 Panel Grid Integration - what has happened and where are we going?  Transmission
 

John Dalton, President, Power Advisory

Theodore J. Paradise, Senior Vice President of Transmission Strategy and Counsel, Anbaric

Greg Lampman, Program Manager for Environmental Research, NYSERDA

Al McBride, Director of System Planning, ISO-NE

Deidre Altobell, Senior Energy Policy Advisor, ConEdison

 

East coast states have a goal to develop almost 30GW of offshore wind by 2030. However, big issues remain. Should the industry take a centralized or decentralized approach to developing offshore wind transmission and interconnections? How should costs be shared among key stakeholders? And what are the implications of divergent state policies and planning processes on multi-state RTOs?

11:00 11:15 Pres/Interview Offshore Wind Policy In Massachusetts  Federal Policy
 

Commissioner Patrick Woodcock, Massachusetts Department of Energy & Resources

 

The Biden administration promises climate action through the green recovery and build-back-better infrastructure plan. Learn how the nuances of wider federal plans will unlock further market development in 2021 and how institutional resources will be allocated to administer the planning and processes needed allow the US offshore wind industry to get on its feet.

11:15 12:00 Panel California offshore wind: The road to 10GW of offshore wind by 2040  Markets
 

Commissioner Karen Douglas, California Energy Commission

Necy Sumait, Chief, Renewable Energy Pacific Region, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

David Chiu, Assembly Member, California State Assembly

Paula Major, Vice President, US Offshore Wind, Mainstream Renewable Power

Michael Olsen, Director of New Business, Equinor Wind US

Sean Moran, Partner, Vinson & Elkins

 

The deep waters off the coast of California offer an an estimated technical potential of 201GW of floating wind capacity, four times the record peak power demand on the state’s grid. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) estimated that if California builds 10 GW of offshore wind, it could bring approximately $20 billion to California’s economy and create a total of 14,890 construction jobs by 2050. However, there are many barriers to overcome before the 10 GW vision can be realized.

This panel will discuss what the pathway to 10 GW looks like and answer some crucial questions, such as: what scale and pace of offshore wind deployment is needed to kick start development whilst benefiting California’s energy system and its end users? What are the implications of a 10 GW build out on California’s renewable energy targets? What are the transmission and interconnection challenges? And on sharing the ocean with other users, the environment and wildlife?

12:00 12:15   Networking   

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12:15 1:30 Panel Coordinating & optimizing east coast ports.  Supply Chain

Building a regional coordinated and efficient supply chain comprising optimized ports and manufacturing sites is a crucial step for the offshore wind industry. How can supply chain building be sequenced to achieve greater efficiency and reduce project cost? This session will discuss the key infrastructure milestones and decisions that have been made so far, and present solutions to solve the chicken-and-the-egg paradox.

 

Doug Copeland, Head of Development, Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind

 
1:30 2:45 Roundtable Mitigating Project Risk   

The first wave of projects will face unique challenges and opportunities. How can developers mitigate the risk that comes with trail blazing? How can resources be managed and coordinated to create efficiencies in the supply chain, transmission, interconnections, and workforce development?

2:45 3:00   Networking   

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Format Session Title Topic
Presentation Financing US Offshore Wind Projects  Finance
 

Louise Pesce, Managing Director, Project Finance, MUFG

 

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Presentation Marine Warranty Survey for Offshore Wind Projects  Finance
  • Receive an overview of insurance for large scale offshore projects and where in the insurance process MWS is needed.
  • Understand the role of the Marine Warranty Surveyor in ensuring that the risks associated with the warranted operations, are reduced to an acceptable level for offshore wind projects.
  • Analyze lessons learned and how to get the most out of your Marine Warranty Surveyor.

The value of the assets, the costs of primary installation vessels and the risks posed by injury, damage or loss are a few of the primary drivers that Marine Warranty Surveyors (MWS) assist their clients with; ensuring that the risks associated with the warranted operations, are reduced to an acceptable level in accordance with best industry practice. This presentation aims to educate viewers on the general insurance process for large scale offshore projects, explain marine warranty and the important role the Marine Warranty Surveyor plays in ensuring assets are delivered safely. In addition, this session will cover specific considerations for offshore windfarm projects on an international scale, lessons learned and how to get the most out of the MWS as well as COVID impacts and mitigations Global Maritime has implemented to keep all parties involved safe while continuing operations.

Presentation 2035 US Installation Outlook  Outlook
 

Imogen Brown, Wind Energy Analyst, BNEF

 
  • Post 2030 opportunities: analysis on new states, the next-phase of markets for US offshore wind
  • The investment numbers: turning GW into dollars
  • Bottlenecks: permitting, RfP timelines, leasing process, power market dynamics
Presentation The Techno-Economic perspective of offshore wind  Technology
 

Walt Musial, Principal Engineer, Offshore Wind Lead, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

 

Coming soon.

Presentation Accelerating US offshore wind deployment 

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

The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium (NOWRDC) recently awarded an additional twenty projects focused on accelerating deployment. Carrie Cullen Hitt, NOWRDC's Executive Director, will share details on the latest awards covering topics such as innovations for service vessels, grid interconnection and transmission strategies as well as structural innovations to support larger turbines. She will also share the latest on supply chain research and floating technologies. Key takeaways include:

  • NOWRDC projects awarded to date
  • Key innovation learnings for accelerated OSW deployment
  • Future NOWRDC plans
Presentation Cost Allocation Challenges for US OSW Transmission Transmission
Presentation Floating Wind Project Updates Global Floating Wind Project Updates
Presentation LCOE reduction and efficiency through next generation turbine technology Technology
Presentation Marine logistics solutions Marine Logistics
Presentation Wind + Hydrogen- opportunities for new market growth Hydrogen
Presentation Reliable Inter array cable technology and installation solutions to reduce project LCOE Cables
Presentation New models for construction: Turbines and foundations. Construction
Presentation Efficient Foundation Solutions to overcome US challenges Foundations
Presentation Installation vessel capabilities and solutions Marine Logistics
Presentation Federal strategic plan on offshore wind. Policy
Presentation The Fisheries Perspective Fisheries
Presentation Understanding litigation risks in US offshore wind Risk
Post event workshop Building and Training the Workforce to Realize the Economic Benefits of OSW. Workforce & Training
Presentation Massachusetts and Rhode Island Outlook
Presentation Maryland Outlook
Presentation Maine Outlook
Presentation Virginia  Outlook
 

Jennifer Palestrant, Chief Deputy, Commonwealth of Virginia - Department of Mines, Minerals & Energy

 

Coming soon.

Presentation New York Outlook
Presentation New Jersey Outlook
Presentation California Outlook
Presentation R&D Collaboration & Funding Initiatives R&D
Presentation TBA US OSW Project Updates
Presentation TBA US OSW Project Updates
Presentation TBA US OSW Project Updates
Presentation TBA US OSW Project Updates
Presentation TBA US OSW Project Updates

2021 Content Calendar

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Reuters Events will host a series of content in various formats throughout 2021 to tackle the industry’s key challenges and create opportunities to accelerate US offshore wind market development.

If you wish to become a speaker or sponsor of one or more items in this offshore wind content series, please contact Marsha Irving, Head of Strategic Partnerships at Marsha.Irving@thomsonreuters.com or contact Adam Minkley, Conference Director at Adam.Minkley@thomsonreuters.com

Quarter 1 January – March
Topic Event Format Audience
Permitting US OSW Permitting Accelerator- B-line to Streamline.  Workshop/Webinar/Seminar Up to 1,000 attendees

Despite encouraging signs of progress in US offshore wind project development, securing permits for the construction of wind farms remains a complex and largely untested topic. An OSW lease auction kicks off a chain of events that could last up to 10 years, including around two years of planning and five years of site assessment and surveys.

This forum will map out the permitting process, analyze lessons learned from the Vineyard Wind 1 project, and provide recommendations for how to streamline the process quickly and efficiently to deliver a project pipeline that will spur further investment in projects, supply chain, infrastructure and workforce.

  • Lessons learned from Vineyard Wind permitting experience.
  • Identifying and addressing environmental information gaps and collaborating across projects, states, and stakeholders to advance offshore wind.
Project Development US OSW Development Accelerator- Turning Momentum into Action.  Workshop/Webinar/Seminar Up to 1,000 attendees

After years of positive momentum, there is one subject that all commentators on the US offshore wind industry agree on: the sector is going to undergo rapid expansion over the next decade. What does provoke argument is the likely scale of this growth, and the relative importance of the factors that are going to push it forwards or hold it back. We know which policies and investments will elicit offshore wind development. Aggressive procurement targets, competitive procurement strategies, contracting practices, tax support, and transmission access can all ensure offshore wind becomes a boon for US consumers and climate goals. Now it is time to turn the years of positive momentum into movement and accelerate the project pipeline.

In this session, developers and statesman will present actionable solutions to build a sustainable US offshore wind industry and world-leading supply chain.

  • A recipe for expansion. Businesses and statesman discuss upfront policy support to scale with rapid cost declines and de-risking offshore wind deployment.
  • Building a world-leading OSW supply chain to supercharge US economic growth and job creation.
Quarter 2 April – June
Topic Event Format Audience
Market Development US Offshore Wind 2021 Online, May 27th-28th   Virtual 2-day conference Up to 10,000 attendees

Your gateway into US offshore wind markets is here. USOW21 will unleash US offshore wind's true potential in 2021, placing it at the heart of America's aggressive green recovery and build-back-better infrastructure plan.

Entering its 6th year, USOW has grown into America's largest networking hub for businesses that are looking to invest, find partners and secure contracts in multi-billion-dollar US offshore wind projects. Moreover, the conference has become the world's stage for industry-defining policy updates on US OCS leasing and permitting activity.

The US offshore wind industry boom, projected to generate nearly 30GW of power in seven East Coast states by 2030, presents a $70 billion CAPEX revenue opportunity to businesses in the U.S. supply chain. However, it doesn't stop there. 2000 GW of offshore wind resource remains untapped.

With such unrealized potential and a clear need for rapid industry expansion under the new Biden administration, this event covers everything you need to know about US offshore wind policy and markets. The event will resolve development bottlenecks and facilitate a multitude of supply chain matchmaking activity. Helping you to meet every major developer, investor, contractor, supplier, manufacturer, policy maker, and key stakeholders.

Finance US OSW Financing Accelerator- options, risks, and innovations.  Workshop/Webinar/Seminar Up to 1,000 attendees

Finance experts believe US offshore wind will have the best credit quality for renewable energy projects compared to anywhere in the world given their long contracts and similar operational output capacity are like those in Europe. This session will discuss how the perception of risk and risk appetite amongst lenders have changed. Namely risks associated with policy, supply chain, construction, permitting, technology, and market capacity.

  • The evolution of US offshore wind financing.
  • What is the right balance between regulatory support and regulatory risk to ensure projects complete?
  • How supportive are debt markets to provide the billions of dollars of debt financing required for future projects?
  • To what extent will lenders take on construction risk and how will this evolve?
Floating Wind Global Floating Wind Commercialization Accelerator  Workshop/Webinar/Seminar Up to 1,000 attendees

It is widely accepted that the future of offshore wind technology will be floating. According to GWEC’s Global Offshore Wind Report 2020, floating offshore wind will reach full commercialization by 2030 with at least 6 GW installed globally. Turbine technology is also set to improve in both efficiency and resilience, resulting in LCOE reductions and increased adoption. What can be done to accelerate the pathway to commercialization?

This session will bring together the leading experts to present viable solutions to accelerate floating wind market expansion and unravel the issues surrounding technology readiness and risk mitigation, standardization, and industrialization, LCOE reduction pathways, environmental impacts, and most importantly, strategic collaboration among key stakeholders.

  • Evaluate expert opinions about how to accelerate the pathway to floating wind commercialization.
  • Review technology readiness and risk mitigation strategies to make the floating wind bankable for investors.
  • Understand the lenders mindset and how commercial scale projects will get financed.
  • Identify the next steps for standardization and industrialization of floating wind foundations to achieve economies of scale.
  • Review key markets driving floating wind market growth and the policy mechanisms that have laid the groundwork for achieving market acceleration.
  • Review current strategic collaboration efforts to accelerate growth of floating wind.
Workforce Development Building and Training the US Offshore Wind Workforce. May 28th   Workshop/Webinar/Seminar Up to 1,000 attendees

Coming soon.

Finance Tax Equity Financing for US offshore wind projects.  Workshop/Webinar/Seminar Up to 1,000 attendees

The extension of the ITC was a welcomed certainty in the tax code that the industry needs to

Tax Equity Financing for US offshore wind projects

  • What is the appetite for tax equity investments in US offshore wind projects?
  • What are the financing implications of tax equity in a deal?
  • How to structure tax equity deals?

Quarter 3 July – September
Topic Event Format Audience
Transmission US OSW Transmission Planning Accelerator.  Workshop/Webinar/Seminar Up to 1,000 attendees

East coast states have a goal to develop 29 GW of offshore wind by 2030 but big issues remain such as whether the industry should take a centralized or decentralized approach to developing offshore wind transmission and interconnection; and how should costs be shared among key stakeholders. Divergent federal and state policy adds another layer of complexity to the transmission conundrum. This session will lay bare the challenges and lessons learned by key stakeholders to date, with a focus on developing actionable solutions more efficient transmission and interconnection policy and planning processes.

Massachusetts Legislation Allowing State to Direct Utilities to Procure OS Transmission

  • Understanding implications
  • Transmission Developer Perspective
  • Implications for other New England States

New Jersey BPU Request for PJM to Implement the State Agreement Approach

  • Review of FERC 1000 Solicitations
  • Fit with NJ’s OSW Procurements

New York OS Transmission Perspective

  • NYS Transmission Planning for OSW
  • Opportunities for Public Policy Transmission Planning Process
  • OSW Developer Perspective
Finance Lessons in Financing $multi-billon US OSW.  Workshop/Webinar/Seminar Up to 1,000 attendees

As the first commercial scale offshore wind project, Vineyard Wind 1, commences construction, what lessons can be learned about how was the deal structured? How might future projects be structured? This session will bring together key financing stakeholders to discuss ideas and chart the path to financing the next multi-billion-dollar projects.

  • How will the next utility scale projects get funded? A look at consortia structures and the implications of market conditions on available capital.
  • Who will fund them and on what terms? What is the optimum tenor?
  • How will tax equity, debt and real equity play out in the capital stack?
Wind + Hydrogen Offshore Wind-to-Hydrogen Accelerator: Unlocking new market growth.  Workshop/Webinar/Seminar Up to 1,000 attendees

Wind-to-hydrogen complements offshore wind perfectly. It aids the integration of more offshore wind by avoiding curtailment or constraint due to the lack of transmission capacity and decouples renewables power generation.

  • Evaluate the political ambition and developer’s appetite for wind-to-hydrogen projects and discover who and where the first commercial projects will be born.
  • Review the current state of electrolyser technology and current pilot projects, and the most scalable hybrid project design to date.
  • Define the capital cost reduction strategies for electrolysers and the pathway to commercialization.
  • Analyze the economic performance of electrolyser technologies today and the cost reduction pathway and cost-competitiveness against other hybrid solutions.
Quarter 4 October – December
Topic Event Format Audience
Finance Tax equity financing for US offshore wind projects in 2022 and beyond.  Workshop/Webinar/Seminar Up to 1,000 attendees

Tax equity finance will play a crucial role in helping US offshore wind projects get on their feet. In this session tax equity experts will discuss how to make these deals happen.

  • What is the appetite for offshore wind in ITC versus PTC tax equity markets?
  • How can tax equity deals can be structured?
  • How are the managed? Such as permitting, construction, logistics, and interface risk.
  • What are the perceived risks in tax equity deals and how can they be managed? What implications do they have on the deal structure?
O&M O&M Cost Reduction Strategies for US offshore wind projects  Workshop/Webinar/Seminar Up to 1,000 attendees

Operations and Maintenance is expected to account for nearly one-third of offshore wind’s costs in the US, and consequently, there is a large potential for reducing these through advanced O&M strategies. This panel of experts will propose how this can be done.

  • What is the availability of required vessel assets and how can O&M vessel contracts be optimized?
  • How to reduce the time to access wind farms?
  • How to optimize helicopter access? Advantages and disadvantages.
  • How to improve crew transfer system?
  • Spare part storage
  • Advanced CBM
Stakeholder Engagement Sharing the Ocean with offshore wind.   Workshop/Webinar/Seminar Up to 1,000 attendees

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