Offshore Wind Summit for Governors’ Energy Advisors

This 2020 Summit examines how coastal states – with a particular focus on the Eastern Seaboard – can promote the build-out of offshore wind as a source of affordable, clean and reliable energy that will incentivize billions of dollars in investments throughout the supply chain.

Virtual Event: September 25, 30 and October 7, 2020


This event builds on two previous ones: the governors’ energy policy advisor workshop at the Danish Embassy in June 2018 and the Global Energy Solutions Summit that the Danish Embassy and the NGA held together with the Australian and Canadian Embassies in Washington, DC, in March 2019.

This 2020 Summit will further examine how coastal states – with a particular focus on the Eastern Seaboard – can promote the build-out of offshore wind as a source of affordable, clean and reliable energy that will incentivize billions of dollars in investments throughout the supply chain. This build-out is already well under way with state offtake agreements completed, in development, or planned for 29.2 GW of projects.

The overall aim of the Summit is to address some of the key challenges facing the US offshore wind sector.  Dealing with these overarching challenges can release the vast potential for offshore wind to deliver electricity at cost-competitive prices, while maximizing the number of well-paying jobs across states investing in the sector. Drawing on experience from Europe and the US, this event will explore ways to help states enhance their existing offshore wind efforts and unlock additional opportunities.

For the industry to reach its full potential, there is a need for states to come together, share experiences and discuss common solutions to the key issues involved in the development of this nascent sector.  This includes stakeholder engagement, coordination with other marine users, infrastructure build-out and electricity market structures.

Expected Outcomes

To distill lessons learned to date about practical solutions from Europe and US states to achieve successful deployment.

To gain a better understanding of how governors individually and collectively can address key issues relevant to their development plans, including:

  • o Stakeholder engagement: fisheries, shipping, environmental NGOs
  • o Related infrastructure and, notably, ports
  • o Interstate transmission and electricity markets

Discussions on how states might best cooperate to address these issues to unlock regional and local benefits.


Day 1 – September 25

Introduction & Stakeholder Engagement

Introductory remarks by the organizers & summit moderator

Welcome Remarks

  • Tim Blute, Director – NGA Center for Best Practices

Introduction to the Day: Offshore Wind Update

  • Thomas Brostrøm, CEO – Ørsted North America, Offshore

BOEM: Federal Lease Sales & Permitting Process + Q&A

  • Walter Cruickshank, Deputy Director & Acting DirectorBOEM

Panel discussion: Stakeholder Engagement

  • Moderator: Julia Bovey, Director of External Affairs – Equinor
  • James Boyd, Coastal Policy AnalystRhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council
  • Catherine Bowes, Program Director – Offshore Wind Energy. National Wildlife Federation
  • Lyndie Hice-Dunton, Executive DirectorResponsible Offshore Science Alliance

Moderated breakout discussions on stakeholder engagement

Day 1 Wrap up – Implications for states

Why Offshore Wind?

Day 2 – September 30

Ports and Infrastructure

Welcome & Introductory remarks

  • Stefan Pryor, Secretary of Commerce – State of Rhode Island

Introduction to the Day: US Ports & Infrastructure – Issues & Options

  • Martin Hansen, Head of Construction Offshore USSiemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Panel discussion: Ports and Infrastructure

  • Moderator: Jay Borkland, Senior Engineering ManagerLloyd’s Register Energy Americas Inc.
  • Doreen Harris, Acting President and CEO – NYSERDA
  • Brian Sabina, VP of Economic TransformationNew Jersey Economic Development
  • Scott Viciana, VP Business DevelopmentVentower Industries
  • Sidney Florey, President – DEME Offshore US

Moderated breakout discussions on ports and infrastructure

Project Update: Establishing an Offshore Wind Market – The Role of Infrastructure and Federal Policy (Watch)

  • Bob Blue, EVP, Co-Chief Operating Officer, President- Dominion Energy

Day 2 Wrap up – Implications for states?

Day 3 – October 7 (10:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

Electricity Market Structure and Transmission Grids

Introductory remarks

Lessons from the EU Offshore Wind Sector

  • Ivan Pineda, Director for Public Affairs – Wind Europe

Industry Presentation: US Market Structure & Grids – Issues and Options

  • Kirsty Townsend, Director Head of Special Projects – Ørsted

Panel discussion: Electricity Market Structure & Transmission Grids

  • Moderator: Rob Gramlich, President – Grid Strategies
  • Judy Chang, Undersecretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs – Massachusetts
  • Mary Beth Tung, Director – Maryland Energy Administration
  • Al McBride, Director of Transmission Strategy and Services – ISO New England

Moderated breakout discussions on Electricity Markets Structure & Transmission Grids

Day 3 Wrap up – Implications for States & Next Steps?