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From Offshore to Onshore: Resolving Transmission Constraints with U.S. Offshore Wind Deployment

The influx of renewable solutions – and the need to integrate them with conventional transmission infrastructure – has changed the dynamics of the power market and introduced new opportunities around offshore wind. Transmission upgrades with the first tranche of Offshore Wind projects have been relatively small thus far, but as the market continues to strengthen, expect to see an uptick in transmission upgrades to support for the next wave of development. This session will discuss the efforts which are underway to support integration of Offshore Wind power resulting from solicitations which are presently underway.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Gain insight into regional planning initiatives which support transmission upgrades required for project development
  2. Understand the present constraints and development opportunities to resolve constraints
  3. Review the key challenges with developing Transmission infrastructure to support integration of offshore wind

Speakers:

  • Moderator: Jim Juras, Associate VP, Black & Veatch
  • Ken Seiler, VP Interconnection, PJM
  • Ted Paradise, Senior Vice President, Transmission Strategy and Counsel, Partner, Anbaric
  • Al McBride, Director, Transmission Strategy & Services, ISO New England
  • Eric Thumma, Director New Business, Offshore Wind, Avangrid Renewables
  • Kevin Ludwig, Associate Vice President, Global Transmission Technology Portfolio Manager, Black & Veatch
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U.S Offshore Wind: The road to 30 GW by 2030

30 gigawatts of U.S offshore wind by 2030 is the official development target set by the White House on March 29th. This effort is expected to support approximately 77,000 jobs in industry and surrounding communities, generate electricity to power over 10 million American homes, and cut 78 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

To support the aggressive inter-agency action plan, Reuters Events hosted a panel discussion on April 20th to discuss this target, what it means, and how we will get there.

Learning outcomes:

  1. What is the significance of the Biden Administration’s offshore wind ambitions and what’s to be expected?
  2. What are the key issues that must be addressed to reach these ambitions?
    • Regulatory alignment among different federal and state agencies
    • Supply chain: manufacturing, logistics, installation and service hubs infrastructure, O&M, etc.
    • Workforce: industry in infancy, starting in a blank slate – timing, training, inclusion, equity issues.
  3. Competitiveness of offshore wind: as power markets in the US evolve, will offshore wind – currently more expensive than other renewable sources – be able to compete with solar, onshore wind, and gas-fired power?

Speakers include:

  • Moderator: Xizhou Zhou, Vice President & Global Managing Director - Global Power & Renewables, IHS Markit
  • Derek Stilwell, Commercial Director, Offshore Wind North America, GE Renewable Energy
  • Adrienne Downey, Principal Engineer, NYSERDA
  • Damian Bednarz, External Affairs Director, EnBW North America
  • Jennifer Daniels, Development Director, Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind
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Transmission Planning for US Offshore Wind

Applying Competitive Procurement Models to US Offshore Wind Transmission. Potential Benefits, Costs & Risks.

  1. The pros and cons of the different offshore wind transmission development and ownership models employed in Europe
  2. The specifics of the likely form of US offshore wind transmission infrastructure
  3. The benefits, costs and risks of competitive procurement for offshore wind transmission in US offshore wind markets

Speakers include:

  • John Dalton, President, Power Advisory LLC
  • Eric Thumma, Director, New Business, Offshore Wind, Avangrid Renewables
  • Chris Veal, Managing Director, Transmission Investment
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Webinar: The Future is Floating
  1. The US floating wind market and the Castle Wind project, California coast.
    By Alla Weinstein, CEO, Castle Wind
  2. LCOE forecast and comparison between floating and bottom-fixed foundations.
    By Dr Kate Freeman, Managing Consultant, BVG Associates
  3. Financing floating wind power projects – equity vs debt.
    By Randy Male, Director, Green Giraffe

Speakers include:

  • Alla Weinstein, CEO, Castle Wind
  • Dr Kate Freeman, Managing Consultant, BVG Associates
  • Randy Male, Director, Green Giraffe
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Webinar: Building the US Offshore Wind Supply Chain
  1. Leveraging supply chains from other industries and transitioning workforces.
    By Eoghan Quinn, Global Director for Offshore Wind, Worley (Chairman)
  2. Adapting a European supply chain model and the risk of developing a new supply chain.
    By John MacAskill, Director, Offshore Wind Consultants
  3. New York State’s local content requirements, incentives for US offshore wind and supply chain investments.
    By Matthew Vestal, Senior Advisor, large-scale Renewables, NYSERDA
  4. Maryland’s local content requirements, incentives for US offshore wind and supply chain investments.
    By Samuel Beirne, Energy Program Manager, Maryland Energy Administration (MEA)
  5. Non-technical services such as financial and vessel requirements for US Offshore Wind projects.
    By Barry Logue, Vice President Renewables US, Scottish Development International

Speakers include:

  • Eoghan Quinn (Chairman), Global Director for Offshore Wind, Worley
  • John MacAskill, Director, Offshore Wind Consultants
  • Matthew Vestal, Senior Advisor, large-scale Renewables, NYSERDA
  • Samuel Beirne, Energy Program Manager, Maryland Energy Administration (MEA)
  • Barry Logue, Vice President Renewables US, Scottish Development International
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Global Developments in Offshore Wind Power – What this means for the U.S market?

Topics include:

  • What is needed for the success of US offshore wind?
  • Historical US annual and cumulative wind power capacity growth and predictions for offshore wind
  • Financing Risk - The European evolution and what it means in the US

Speaker includes:

  • Erica Eagan, Senior VP, Corporate Finance, Helaba (Landesbank Hessen Thüringen)
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