Tailor your time at the conference by reviewing the agenda of activities below.

If you would like to offer your expertise at the 2018 conference as a speaker please contact Adam Minkley on +44 (0) 207 375 7239 (Global) +1800 814 3459 x7239 (US) or e-mail adam@newenergyupdate.com

USOW18 Detailed Conference Agenda

Pre-Conference Day Day One Day Two

Pre-Conference Day, June 6th *registration for this tour is now closed

7:30am-1:00pm Tour of the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal

Please join the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) for a tour of the United States’ first and only Terminal purpose-built for the deployment of offshore wind projects. Only 1 hour south of Boston, the Terminal will be the staging, assembly, and deployment location area for the nation’s first commercial scale offshore wind project.

*Please note that if did not sign up to this tour in advance you will not be able to join the tour.

  • 7:30am Registration and collect your conference badge at the New Energy Update registration desk on the 1st Floor Lobby, Park Plaza.
  • 8:00am Buses arrive at the Boston Park Plaza, 50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116 
  • 8:00-8:30am Attendees board the buses
  • 8:30-9:30am Buses depart Park Plaza Hotel to New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal (NBMCT) 4 Wright Street, New Bedford.
  • 9:15-10:00am Arrival/Coffee in lobby.
  • 10:00-10:30am Welcome Remarks & Keynote Address – Main Hall
  • 10:30-11:30am Offshore Wind Supply Chain Panel Discussions – Main Hall
  • 11:30–12:00pm New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal Tour
  • 12:00–12:30pm Board Buses/Lunch. Box lunches provided for attendees to enjoy on the bus
  • 12:30pm Buses depart. (ETA 1:30pm @ Park Plaza Hotel) 
3:30pm-7:00pm Welcome to Boston U.S. Offshore Wind Conference Opening Reception *registration for this tour is now closed.

Please join the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) for a Welcome to Boston reception at MassCEC’s Wind Technology Testing Center (WTTC) on Boston Harbor. The WTTC is the largest indoor wind-blade testing center in North America, providing certification tests for turbine blades up to 90 meters in length.

*Please note that if did not sign up to this tour in advance you will not be able to join the tour.

  • 3:30pm Registration and collect your conference badge at the New Energy Update registration desk on the 1st Floor Lobby, Park Plaza.
  • 4:00-4:30pm Attendees Board Buses (note: attendees are required to present photo ID upon arrival at the WTTC)

  • 4:30-5:00pm Buses depart Park Plaza Hotel. Wind Technology Testing Center (WTTC). 100 Terminal Street, Boston, MA

  • 5:00pm Guests Arrive

  • 5:00-7:00pm Networking

  • 6:30-7:00pm Guests Begin Boarding Buses

  • 7:00pm Buses Depart (ETA 7:30pm @ Park Plaza Hotel)

7:00-8:30pm Pre Registration
7:30pm-8:30pm Offshore Wind Leader’s Private Dinner (Invitation only) Sponsored by  Linklaters

This is an invitation-only private dinner meeting for offshore wind leaders to discuss the successful development of the US offshore wind market, and to allow the fruitful exchange of plans and ideas over a gourmet 3-course meal.  

  • Limited to VIP badge holders only
  • Taking place in Grand Ballroom A at the Park Plaza Hotel.

Conference Day 1, June 7th

7:00-8:30 Registration and coffee
8:30-8:35 Welcome Speech

Adam Minkley, Conference Director, New Energy Update

8:35-8:40 Chairman’s opening remarks

Stephen Pike, CEO, MassCEC

8:40-9:00 U.S. offshore wind: A 2030 forecast
  • The U.S. has on paper the potential to be an offshore wind powerhouse. But seabed leases are not projects and policy-maker interest is not policy.
  • We strip down the layers of announcements and forecast installations and the cost of U.S. offshore wind to 2030.

Dr. Tom Harries, Associate, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

9:00-9:15 Keynote Speech
 

Walter Cruickshank, Acting Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

9:15-9:30 Keynote Speech
 

Secretary Matthew Beaton, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

9:30-9:35 Keynote Speech
 

Daniel Simmons, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy

9:35-10:20 Keynote discussion: How is the US offshore wind market going to shake out?
  • What are the benefits for early-movers in the US OSW market? How did the European’s do this successfully?
  • How can we prove the economic and job creation benefits to the US states?
  • Currently, what are we seeing as the risks and rewards of multiple experienced developers investing in US offshore wind leases?
  • What have European developers learned trying to mature supply chains against high/low market prices for offshore wind?
  • In Europe, how have decisions been made about where to geographically locate supply chain investments (cable manufacturing, towers and foundations, turbines)? Are they mainly in countries that support large deployment of OSW? Discuss what lessons apply to the US market.

Moderator: Tom Warren, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland
Jonathan Cole, Managing Director - Offshore, Iberdrola Renewables
John B. Lavelle, CEO, Offshore Wind, GE Renewable Energy
Stephen Bull, SVP Wind and CCS Business, Equinor

10:20-11:05 Coffee break and networking
Track 1: US Offshore Wind Market Development 
MAIN BALLROOM A
Track 2: Floating Wind Turbines Technology Development
STATLER ROOM (behind reg desk)
11:05-11:50 Panel discussion: Navigating the course through the US government in offshore wind
  • What is the status of the federal regulatory process for offshore wind projects?
  • This session will delve into the observed changes in the US government administration, such as the role of BSEE/BOEM and DOE and what is to come...

Moderator: Stephanie McClellan, Special Initiative on Offshore Wind, University of Delaware
Michael Olsen, Senior Director, Business Development, Equinor
Tom Vinson, VP of Federal Policy and Regulatory Affairs, AWEA
Laura Zagar, Partner, Perkins Coie
Eric Thumma, Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Avangrid Renewables

11:05-11:30 Presentation: LCOE reduction pathway for floating turbines
  • What are the cost reduction criteria for floating wind turbines?
  • Review possible LCOE cost scenarios for floating wind energy markets.

Walter Musial, Manager, Offshore Wind, National Renewable Energy Laboratory


11:30-11:50 Presentation: Path to commercialization
  • How do you optimize engineering systems for floating turbines - A systems engineering framework?

Garrett Barter, Wind Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

11:50-12:10 Presentation: Offshore wind; a maturing industry, European Development over the years
  • Analyze the significant developments in Europe and what key lessons and
    experiences apply in the US market.

Patricia Milligan, Head of Project Finance, Helaba


12:10-12:40 Panel discussion: Massachusetts offshore wind development plan
  • Hear an update on MA’s latest round of competition, including selection of the first project/s to meet the Commonwealth’s 1,600 MW goal.
  • Hear project representatives speaking about the economic opportunities that offshore wind projects will bring to MA, such as jobs, manufacturing and infrastructure, and how offshore wind will help achieve state-specific renewable energy goals.
  • Receive an update about future Wind Energy Area leasing off the coast of MA.

Moderator: Bill White, Senior Director, Offshore Wind Sector Development, MassCEC
Francis Slingsby, Head of Strategic Partnerships, ØrstedLars Thaaning Pedersen, CEO, Vineyard Wind

11:50-12:20 Presentation: Hywind project in a global context
  • High level project updates:  Scotland, Portugal, France, Taiwan, Japan, China Germany and the US
  • Why should we do it? Does it make sense?
  • Get exclusive insight into the lessons learned from the operational data collected from Project Hywind, the world’s first operational floating wind farm in Scotland.

Sebastian Bringsværd, Head of Hywind Development, Equinor

12:40-2:00 Lunch break and networking
12:20-2:00 Lunch break and networking
2:00-2:30 Panel discussion: New Jersey offshore wind development plan
  • State representatives will speak about the state’s interest in attracting offshore wind-related economic opportunities to New Jersey including jobs, manufacturing, and infrastructure
  • Find out how new leadership in New Jersey will ensure that offshore wind advances rapidly and expands its mandate to 3,500MW of capacity, including plans for state support mechanisms to help finance and develop new projects

Moderator: Jim Lanard, CEO, Magellan Wind
Elisabeth Treseder, Senior Regulatory Advisor, Ørsted
Kevin Knobloch, President, New York Ocean Grid LLC, Anbaric Development Partners, LLC
Kenneth J. Sheehan, Esq., Director, Office of Economic Development and Emerging Technology, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities

2:00-2:30 Panel Discussion: The future of floating turbines in the U.S.
  • Examine the State and Federal regulatory drivers for offshore floating wind.
  • Discuss the military exclusions zone on the west coast, it’s impact on future projects and progress made.
  • Review options for de-risking elements of floating technology, such mooring line entanglement related issues.
  • Learn about the new standards being developed for wind turbines.

Moderator: Roy Robinson, CEO, Excipio Energy
Necy Sumait, Chief, Renewable Energy, Pacific Region, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Alla Weinstein, CEO, Trident Winds
Lars Samuelson, Manager - Global Offshore, ABS

2:30-3:00 Panel discussion: New York offshore wind development plan
  • Hear an update on New York State’s Offshore Wind Master Plan as well as plans for achieving the state’s goal of 2,400 MW, including procurement plans for 2018 and 2019.
  • Hear industry representatives speaking about the economic opportunities that offshore wind projects will bring to NY, such as jobs, manufacturing and infrastructure.

Moderator: Paul Zarnowiecki, Partner, Orrick
Christer af Geijerstam, Empire Wind Project Director, Equinor
Doreen Harris, Director, Large-Scale Renewables, NYSERDA
John Hartnett, Business Opportunity Manager - US Offshore Wind, Shell Wind Energy


3:00-3:30 Panel discussion: Maryland offshore wind development plan
  • Receive an update on both projects awarded ORECs by Maryland in 2017 and the local economic opportunities they will bring to Maryland by supporting hundreds of highly skilled jobs in engineering, construction and operation.

Moderator: Jim Lanard, CEO, Magellan Wind
Samuel Beirne, Wind Energy Program Manager, Maryland Energy Administration
Aileen Kenney, Senior Vice President - Development, Deepwater Wind

2:30-3:30 Panel discussion: Qualifying floating turbine technology
  • What are the cost reduction strategies developers and manufactures can implement in their approach to development?
  • SPAR turbine represented by Equinor
  • Semi-Submersible turbine represented by Principle Power’s WindFloat
  • Concrete Design represented by New England Aqua Ventus I project
  • TetraSpar Technology by Magellan Wind

Moderator: Lars Samuelson, Manager - Global Offshore, ABS
Sebastian Bringsværd, Head of Hywind Development, Equinor
Kevin Banister, VP, Development, Principle Power
Prof. Habib Dagher, Principal Investigator, Aqua Ventus Project, University of Maine
Jeff Kehne, Chief Development Officer, Magellan Wind

3:30-4:15 Coffee break and networking
4:15-4:35 Presentation: Delivering offshore wind’s promises
  • How has offshore wind met its challenges to build on time and on budget, and what will change as we deliver the latest projects in a cost reduced world?

Julian Garnsey, Project Director, Triton Knol, Innogy


4:35-5:20 Panel discussion: How to determine the optimum marine logistics solution?
  • Learn how to choose the optimum marine logistics strategy by analyzing i) project size, ii) sustainability of the pipeline and iii) the component supply chain strategy of the project.
  • Discuss Jones Act compliant vessels and requirements to deliver the project pipeline.
  • Basic requirements making it financially and legally workable and tied into the supply chain strategy

Moderator: Andy Geissbuehler, Managing Partner, Renewable Resources Int'l, in partnership with BVG Associates
Ketil Arvesen, Vice President, Fred. Olsen
Richard den Hollander, Director of Business Development, Seaway Heavy Lifting
Peter Robert, Director Business Development, Damen Shipyards Group
Euan Tait, President and Director, ROVOP

4:15-5:20 Panel Discussion: Building a US Floating Wind Supply Chain
  • What are the similarities and differences between the fixed-bottom supply chain and the floating turbine supply chain:: Hulls, towers, turbines, mooring lines, anchors, dynamic cables?
  • What parts of the design, specifications, and supply chain will be different and unique to floating turbines and how will they be developed?
  • Discuss the supply of components such as turbines, foundations, blades, fabricated steel or concrete and mooring lines that will be required to supply floating wind farm projects.
  • Analyze the skills and labour requirements to meet the demands of the design and supply chains.
  • What are the supply chain benefits for local companies? And what is the Oil and Gas sector’s role?

Moderator: Prof. Habib Dagher, Principal Investigator, Aqua Ventus Project, University of Maine:
Panel overview and introduction (8 min)

Antoine Peiffer, Business Development Manager, Principle Power:
Hull supply chain and labor requirements (8 min)

Roy Robinson, CEO, Excipio Energy:
Manufacturing/deployment infrastructure on the east, west coasts and the GOM, including Oil & Gas (8 min)

Hisham Moideen, Sr. Naval Architect, Atkins Global:
Integrated design of dynamic cable and mooring lines, supply chain (8 min)

Leopoldo Bello, Managing Director, Vryhof:
Mooring line and anchors design, specifications and supply chain (8 min)

5:20-7:00 Networking reception
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Conference Day 2, June 8th

7:30-8:30 Registration and coffee
8:30-8:40 Chairman's Introduction

Jim Lanard, CEO, Magellan Wind

8:40-9:00 Keynote Speech

Vincent DeVito, Counselor for Energy Policy, U.S. Department of the Interior

9:00-9:45 Keynote discussion: The road to <10 cents kWh for US offshore wind projects
  • How do recent subsidy-free bids, such as those in Europe, translate to the US offshore wind market? What lessons can be applied?
  • What factors will influence LCOE in the next five years, and what is needed to achieve under 10 cents per kWh in the US?
  • What role will technologies play in reducing project LCOE in the US? And what is forecast over the next 5-10 years?

Moderator: Walter Musial, Manager, Offshore Wind, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Gunnar Groebler, Senior Vice President, Business Area Wind, Vattenfall
Chris Wissemann, US Representative, innogy
Sven Utermöhlen, COO, Member of the Board, Eon Climate & Renewables
Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, MHI Vestas
Alejandro de Hoz, Vice President of US Offshore Wind, Avangrid

9:45-10:30 Panel discussion: Funding structures unique to US offshore wind
  • US offshore wind projects may be able to use European financing models such as balance sheet and project financing initially, but will ultimately have to adapt to local conditions.
  • This session will explore the evolution of us offshore wind funding structures and discuss instruments such as bonds and tax equity.

Moderator: Vijaya Palaniswamy, U.S. Energy & Infrastructure Project Finance Partner, Linklaters
Guillaume HediardExecutive Director, Crédit Agricole CIB
Bryan Martin, Managing Director, D. E. Shaw & Co., Chairman of the Board, Deepwater Wind
Jérôme Guillet, Managing Director, Green Giraffe B.V.
Aaron Klein, Director, KeyBanc Capital Markets

10:30-11:00 Coffee break and networking
Track 1: US Offshore Wind Market Development
MAIN BALLROOM A
Track 2: Building the US Offshore Wind Supply Chain
STATLER ROOM (behind reg desk)
11:00-11:20 Presentation: How to make disaggregated procurements with new technology bankable
  • Discover how to make offshore wind disaggregated procurements with new technology 'bankable', with examples from recent major offshore wind projects
  • Learn how to make offshore wind projects attractive to institutional investors pre-operation

David Metzger, Partner, Clifford Chance


11:20-11:45 Mitigating Project Risk
  • Examine common insurance risks associated with offshore wind projects and how to protect assets against costly set-backs

Donna Allard-Flett, Senior Vice President, Aon Risk Solutions

11:00-11:45 R&D projects & initiatives to drive industry expansion
  • The states and Federal government have made and continue to make significant investments in offshore wind R&D in order to drive the U.S. offshore wind industry forward.
  • This panel discussion will delve into the driving mission of each NYSERDA, MassCEC, BOEM, and U.S. Department of Energy, and discuss how the role of each entity shapes the research agenda and impacts the future of offshore wind.

Moderator: Kit Kennedy, Director, Energy & Transportation Program, NRDC
Alana Duerr, U.S. Department of Energy Wind Energy Technologies Office, DOE
Richard Bourgeois, Senior Project Manager, NYSERDA
Mary Boatman, Environmental Studies Chief, BOEM
Nils Bolgen, Program Director, Offshore Wind, MassCEC

11:45-12:15 Panel discussion: California offshore wind opportunities
  • Hear state and project representatives speaking about the economic opportunities that offshore wind projects will bring to their states, such as jobs, manufacturing and infrastructure, and how offshore wind will help achieve state-specific renewable energy goals.
  • Receive an update about Wind Energy Areas, further development potential, and state support mechanisms to help finance and develop new projects.

Moderator: Christopher Potter, Environmental Scientist, California Natural Resources Agency
Jim Lanard, CEO, Magellan Wind
Alla Weinstein, CEO, Trident Winds
Matthew Marshall, Executive Director, Redwood Coast Energy Authority

11:45-12:15
Panel: Turbines and foundations, substations, and cabling
  • Hear from major component manufacturers and suppliers about their role in the industry, projected supply, local requirements and cost
  • Understand the different challenges with different foundation designs and required installation strategies

Moderator: Jay Borkland, Research Associate Professor, Tufts University
Petter Karal, CEO, Seatower
Benjamin Foley, Managing Director, Keystone Engineering
Andy Geissbuehler, Managing Partner, Renewable Resources Int'l, in partnership with BVG Associates
Prof. Habib Dagher, Principal Investigator, Aqua Ventus Project, University of Maine

12:15-12:45 Panel discussion: North Carolina and Virginia and offshore wind opportunities
  • Hear state and project representatives speaking about the economic opportunities that offshore wind projects will bring to their states, such as jobs, manufacturing and infrastructure, and how offshore wind will help achieve state-specific renewable energy goals.
  • Receive an update about Wind Energy Areas, further development potential, and state support mechanisms to help finance and develop new projects.

Moderator: Joan Bondareff, Chair, VOWDA and Of Counsel, Blank Rome LLP
Katharine Bond, Director, Public Policy, Dominion Resources
Hayes Framme, Government Relations and Communications Manager, Ørsted
Eric Thumma, Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Avangrid Renewables

12:15-12:45 Developer’s panel discussion: Who will supply the US offshore wind industry and when?
  • Hear US offshore wind developers discuss their upcoming projects commitments and supply chain requirements.
  • Spot new opportunities for Joint Ventures and partnerships as projects ramp-up.

Moderator: Bill White, Senior Director, Offshore Wind Sector Development, MassCEC
Morten Hjortkjær, Head of Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Contract Management, Copenhagen Offshore Partners
Annegrethe G. Jeppesen, Head of US Procurement, Ørsted
Mikkel Borgen, Head of Sales Americas & APAC, MHI Vestas

12:45-1:45 Lunch break and networking
12:35-1:45 Lunch break and networking
1:45-2:05 Presentation: The Federal offshore wind lease plan, permitting, and the regulatory regime
  • Understand the federal US offshore wind leasing and environmental permitting process in existing Wind Energy Areas and discover the new proposal for streamlining the project proposal process.
  • Discover BOEM’s federal plan for identifying and auctioning new Wind Energy Areas and leasing opportunities that will build the US offshore wind industry, create new jobs, economic growth and infrastructure.

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

1:45-2:05 Presentation: Next-generation foundations and anchoring for offshore wind
  • Be inspired by successful case studies from landmark projects, such as Dogger Bank, Borkum Riffgrund and Hywind
  • Understand the technology transfer of foundation design from oil and gas to the offshore wind market, and how it can be utilised in future projects.
  • Learn about new developments in reducing cost and increasing reliability in offshore design, enabling offshore wind on safe ground.

Thomas Langford, Director, Offshore Energy, NGI

2:05-3:05 Panel discussion: Strategies that win stakeholder and political support for project success
  • As states strive to achieve their offshore wind generation goals, several projects are now entering the permitting phase.  Multi-stakeholder support for these projects is crucial to a successful permitting process, not only to prevent project delays and reduce costs, but also to establish a network of community/stakeholder support on which the project can build. 
  • This session will reflect on the entire permitting process – how to manage a broad range of stakeholders and gain political support, which in turn reduces project development costs and the permitting timeframe. 

Moderator: Renu Gupta, Partner, Amis, Patel & Brewer, LLP
Rachel Pachter, V.P. Permitting Affairs, Vineyard Wind
Catherine Bowes, Project Director, Offshore Wind Energy, National Wildlife Federation 
James Bennett, Program Manager, Office of Renewable Energy, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Lorry Wagner, President, LEEDCo

2:05-2:35 Panel: The role of Vessels, Barges and Logistics
  • Discuss the role of marine contractors.
  • Analyze vessels, barges, and logistical requirements, and installation processes specific to different foundation types.
  • Understand the Jones Act and what this means for the different levels of the supply chain.

Moderator: Joan Bondareff, Chair, VOWDA and Of Counsel, Blank Rome LLP
Frederik Colban-Andersen, Divisional Director - Offshore Renewables, Clarksons Platou
Harald Arndt, Head R&D, Project Manager Offshore, Neptun Ship Design
Scott Dingman, President, Delta Subsea
Greg Matzat, Offshore Wind Advisor, Gregory M. Matzat, P.E.


 
 
3:05-3:15 End of Conference Wrap up

Jim Lanard, CEO, Magellan Wind

Adam Minkley, Conference Director, New Energy Update

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New Energy Update
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2018 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Gold Sponsors

  • APB
  • Clifford Chance
  • Eversheds Sutherland
  • helaba
  • innogy
  • Linklaters

Silver Sponsors

  • AON
  • Avangrid
  • damen
  • NGI
  • rovop
  • Seaway Heavy Lifting

Bronze Sponsors

  • Credit-Agricole
  • Key-Bank
  • Keystone-Engineering
  • MHI-Vestas
  • Orrick
  • OWEC

Coffee Break Sponsor

  • Oceaneering

Heavy Lift Consulting Sponsor

  • Notus

Public Sector Accelerator Sponsor

  • The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)

Sponsor

  • Vineyard Wind

Exhibitors

  • ARUP
  • blount boats
  • CaldwellMarine
  • damen
  • Eolos
  • Epsilon
  • helaba
  • Horizon Seaforth
  • innogy
  • modulift
  • NGI
  • Notus
  • Rolls Royce
  • straightpoint
  • Survitec
  • TEchnostrobe
  • uptime
  • ZTT

Media Partners

  • AAEE
  • Bloomberg New Energy Finance
  • Energy Central
  • Energy-News-Network
  • GreenEnergyPublishing
  • GreenJournal
  • GreenMatch
  • Linked-Energy
  • NECEC
  • Offshore Source
  • ONT
  • Offshore Technology
  • OSU
  • Offshore WIND
  • Recharge
  • refocus
  • renewablesnow
  • renews
  • RTO
  • SCN
  • SCW
  • Whisper
  • Whisper