Governors’ Advisors’ Energy Policy Institute Pre-Institute Workshop: State Offshore Wind Opportunities

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) with the generous support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Denmark, Ørsted, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy held a pre-institute workshop on state offshore wind opportunities.

The agenda for the regular scheduled Governors’ Advisors’ Energy Policy Institute can be found here.




June 11, 2018



  • Ambassador Lars Gert Lose, Embassy of Denmark
  • Scott Pattison, CEO & Executive Director, National Governors Association


Introductions: Why We Are Here and What Issues Are on Our Minds


  • Sue Gander, Environment, energy, & transportation division director, National Governors Association


Opening Remarks


  • Thomas Brostrøm, president, Ørsted North America

The Offshore Wind State of Play: What it Means for State Policymaking and Regulation


  • Tom Simchak, senior policy advisor, National Governors Association


Federal Activities on Offshore Wind: The Offshore Wind Strategy and the Federal Assessment and Leasing Process


  • Jim Bennett, chief of the Office of Renewable Energy Programs, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • Dr. Alana Duerr, offshore wind lead, Wind Energy Technologies Office, Department of Energy


  • Randall Luthi, president, National Ocean Industries Association


Roundtable Session on Key Policy Issues for Offshore Wind

  • Offshore Wind Supply Chain Requirements
    • Speaker: Annegrethe Jeppesen, head of U.S. procurement, Ørsted
  • Wind Turbine Manufacturing – Supply Chain Localization
    • Speaker: Joergen Scheel, vice president offshore North America, Siemens Gamesa
  • Ports and Economic Development
    • Speaker: Jay Borkland, senior managing consultant for ports, infrastructure, and offshore wind, Ramboll
  • Transmission and Integration Considerations
    • Speaker: Charlie Smith, executive director, Energy Systems Integration Group

Moderator: James Glennie, senior commercial advisor, Wind Energy Advisory


State Developments and Prospects for Offshore Wind Development


  • Patrick Woodcock, assistant secretary of energy, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Rosemary Powers, deputy chief of staff, Office of Rhode Island Governor Raimondo


Closing Thoughts and Discussion of Next Steps


  • Sue Gander, NGA