US Offshore Wind 2019 kicked off with plenary keynotes to 1300+ delegates by senior industry figures, followed by presentations and panel discussions by renowned offshore wind industry experts.
Delegates heard major industry announcements from government officials and key industry players, keeping them right up to speed with US offshore wind projects, investments, partnerships and regulations.
Governor Charlie Baker Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Senator Marc R. Pacheco Massachusetts Senate, Chair of Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change
Representative Patricia A. Haddad Massachusetts House of Representatives
Walter Cruickshank Acting Director Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
As Acting Director of BOEM, Dr. Cruickshank oversees the administration of programs that manage the development of the Nation’s offshore energy and mineral resources in an environmentally and economically responsible way.
Prior to becoming the Deputy Director of BOEM upon its establishment in October 2011, Dr. Cruickshank served as Deputy Director of BOEM’s predecessor agencies since 2002.
Dr. Cruickshank has worked in the Department of the Interior for more than 30 years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Geological Sciences from Cornell University and a Doctorate in Mineral Economics from the Pennsylvania State University.
Senator Paul Formica Commonwealth of Connecticut
State Senator Paul Formica represents the residents of the 20th Senatorial District, which includes Bozrah, East Lyme, a portion of Montville, New London, Old Lyme, a portion of Old Saybrook, Salem, and Waterford. He was elected in 2015 and is currently serving his second term.
At the state Capitol, Senator Formica is Co-Chair of the Appropriations Committee, Energy and Technology Committee, and Tourism Caucus, as well as a member of the Commerce Committee.
Senator Formica has been the owner and operator of Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant for 34 years. He served as the First Selectman of East Lyme from 2007-2015, crafting balanced budgets, encouraging bipartisan participation and reaching regional solutions with neighboring communities to improve transportation, public safety and environmental policies. Prior to becoming First Selectman, he served as a member of the Zoning Commission and the Board of Finance.
Senator Formica was past Chairman of the Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments, where he chaired the regional rail committee and served on the regional water committee that resulted in a tri-town interconnection to conserve and share water.
In addition to town responsibilities, Senator Formica has also served in a leadership capacity for many organizations, from Chamber of Commerce President to Chair of the Rocky Neck Heart Walk. He has also supported many causes as a member of organizations such as Rotary and Little League.
At the State Capitol, Senator Formica will push to make state government more efficient through fiscal discipline, work to ease the regulatory burden on businesses, and fight to preserve essential services for local communities.
A resident of East Lyme, he is a widower and the father of four adult children — three daughters and one son.
Lars Thaaning Pedersen Chief Executive Officer Vineyard Wind Co-CEO Copenhagen Offshore Partners (COP)
Lars Thaaning Pedersen co-founded Copenhagen Offshore Partners (COP), a leading offshore wind development and construction management company, in 2015. COP works exclusively for Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) on their 6,000 MW global offshore wind development portfolio in the US, Canada, Taiwan, and Australia. In 2017, Mr. Pedersen relocated to Boston, Massachusetts to open COP’s US office and is the CEO of the Vineyard Wind Project, which is currently developing a large offshore wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Prior to founding COP in 2015, Mr. Pedersen held executive positions at DONG Energy (now Ørsted), and was responsible for the Project Development, Operations and Maintenance (O&M), and Asset Management business units. Mr. Pedersen has been involved in more than 10 offshore wind projects in Europe since 2008, and has significant experience in the development, construction, and operations of offshore wind farms. Mr. Pedersen holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark.
Rachel Pachter V.P. Permitting Affairs Vineyard Wind
Laura Beane President and CEO Avangrid Renewables
Alejandro de Hoz Vice President, US Offshore Wind Avangrid Renewables
Matthew Morrissey Head of New England Markets Ørsted
Ruth Perry Marine Scientist and Regulatory Policy Specialist, Mayflower Wind, Shell Upstream Americas
Enrique Alvarez-Uria Offshore Wind Business Development Director North America EDP Renewables
Tyler Studds Project Development Manager - Offshore Wind EDP Renewables
Tyler Studds has ten years of experience accelerating the responsible development of offshore wind in the US. Tyler is currently Offshore Wind Development Project Manager with EDP Renewables where he is working with a consortium of partners to develop the Redwood Coast Offshore Wind Project, a 100-150 MW floating offshore wind project off Eureka, California. At the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Tyler created and managed strategic initiatives in such areas as transmission and interconnection, baseline wildlife surveys, metocean data collection, supply chain analysis, and workforce development that together played a critical role in establishing the Massachusetts offshore wind market.
Bill White Managing Director EnBW North America
Alla Weinstein Chief Executive Officer Castle Winds
Alla is the CEO of Castle Wind LLC, a joint venture between EnBW NA and Trident Winds. She has been in the field of marine renewables for 20 years. Prior to founding Trident Winds, an offshore wind project development company for deep water, Alla founded and ran 2 marine renewables technology startups and a European Ocean Energy industry association. She is Governor Inslee’s appointee to the Washington state Marine Advisory Council and an Ambassador with the DOE’s Women in Clean Energy Initiative. Alla has been named ENR’s Top 25 Newsmakers of 2018. She is an active member of the American Wind Energy Associations.
Chris Wissemann CEO, Diamond Offshore Wind Development
Mike Crawley CEO and President Northland Power
Christer af Geijerstam President Equinor Wind US
Sebastian Bringsværd Head of Hywind Development Equinor
Prof. Habib Dagher Principal Investigator, Aqua Ventus Project University of Maine
John Hartnett President Mayflower Wind
Joris Veldhoven Finance & Commercial Director Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind
Joris Veldhoven is the Finance & Commercial Director of Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, a 50:50 JV between Shell New Energies and EDF Renewables.
Atlantic Shores is developing offshore lease OCS-A-499 on the US East Coast, and is currently bidding for PPAs in both New Jersey and New York.
Prior to his current role Joris worked as the global Contracting & Procurement leading a team of procurement specialists for all wind projects pursued by Shell.
Joris is an all-round commercial leader having worked in various commercial, valuation, business development and supply chain-oriented roles during his 12 years at Shell.
He has previously been based for Shell in The Netherlands, Norway & Dubai and is currently relocating with his family to New York.
Antoine Peiffer Senior Manager, Global Supply Chain and Development Principle Power
Antoine is a passionate advocate for offshore floating wind turbines. In 2009, he joined the engineering team of Principle Power Inc., an innovative technology and services provider for the offshore deep-water wind energy sector. Antoine initially worked on the WindFloat technology development for nearly a decade, as the lead engineer for the aero-hydro group of the company. In his new role at Principle Power, he aims at accelerating the commercialization of the WindFloat technology around the world by developing and executing global market entry strategies, which involves a thorough assessment of the local supply chain and port infrastructure.
Morten Hjortkjær Head of Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Contract Management Vineyard Wind VP Copenhagen Offshore Partners
Jordan Shoesmith PMO & Bid Development Vineyard Wind
Hans Petter Øvrevik Head of Field Development Aker Solutions
Eric Thumma Director, Policy and Development, Offshore Wind Avangrid Renewables
Daniel Rogstad Project Director, Business Development Equinor
Jim Lanard CEO Magellan Wind
Jen Cullen Permitting & Outreach Specialist Vineyard Wind
Philippe Kavafyan CEO MHI Vestas
Philippe Kavafyan started his career in 1990 with EDF International before joining General Electric in 1993. He held positions in Manufacturing and Technology in GE Medical Systems, moving to sales in 1997 in GE Oil & Gas. He joined Energy Services in 2001, before integrating the Wind business in 2002. Philippe remained in GE Renewables until 2008, when he joined AREVA and lead the Key Account Management program. From 2011 to 2017, he worked for AREVA Renewables and ended up chairing the Board of Adwen Offshore. In 2018, Philippe joined Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in France, before his nomination in April 2018, as CEO for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind.
Philippe Kavafyan is 51 years old, married, and has two children.
Jason Folsom National Director of Sales, US MHI Vestas
Jason Folsom is the US National Sales Director for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, a joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
With more than 10 years of industry experience, including seven in heading a major turbine manufacturer’s entry into the offshore wind market in the USA, Jason is an offshore wind expert with extensive new market entry experience and a passion for offshore wind in the United States. He holds a deep understanding of US energy markets as they relate to offshore wind, as well as country specific requirements for broad market success. He maintains an extensive network of stakeholders including developers, utilities, federal and state government, offshore contractors, industry consultants, and advocates, which has given him broad knowledge of market-specific development opportunities relating to offshore wind in the US, Canada and the Caribbean
Tusitha Abeyasekera, PhD. Converter Specialist MHI Vestas
Walid Oulmane Projects Sourcing Manager GE Renewables
Michael Peffermann Speaker details coming soon… GE Renewables
Elisabeth Mygind Head of Technical & Safety Training, Operations MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
Neil Brown Business Development Manager – Service EMEA & APAC JDR Cables
After 10 years in the Royal Navy Neil joined JDR Cable Systems where he has worked for the last seventeen years. Neil has held various roles within JDR including Senior Project Manager, Operations Director and Product Line Director. Using his operational background Neil managed JDR’s Service Division during the transition into offering and executing large offshore windfarm installation packages, including the development of a dedicated service mobilisation facility in UK.
Currently Neil holds the role of Business Development Manager for JDR and has focused on expansion of JDR’s products and services to the emerging offshore wind markets, notably in the US.
Neil has an MBA which he received with distinction.
Steve Dayney Head of Offshore North America Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Jose Restrepo Global Head of Engineering Linxon
Dr. Jose Restrepo has over 15 years of experience in Power Transmission and Distribution engineering and studies. He currently is the Global Head of Engineering for Linxon. Until recently he was the Chief Engineer, Strategic Power Grid Technologies at SNC-Lavalin where he led the technical evaluation of transmission projects. Dr. Restrepo has supported the planning, front-end engineering and design of transmission projects as well as interconnection facilities of renewable generation in North America and has participated in the development of the long-term renewable energy strategy for Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has held research assistant and course instructor positions at McGill University where he focused on the integration of renewable generation.
Linxon is a joint venture between SNC-Lavalin and ABB that combines ABB’s deep high voltage substations technology knowledge with SNC-Lavalin’s project management expertise, dedicated to delivering turnkey electrical AC substations.
Eoghan Quinn Global Wind Lead - New Energy WorleyParsons Group
Eoghan is the Global Wind Director for the Worley Group, assisting new and existing clients expand into the renewable energy market. He has gained experience and insight in this capacity from working in the Marine Energy sector, overcoming critical challenges with complex technology and business environments. His current role works across all aspects of the project lifecycle, advising and developing on shore and offshore wind projects in APAC, Europe and the Americas.
His experience spans across the portfolio of renewable energy technologies with a diverse range of strategic advisory skills assisting new and existing customers within the Hydrocarbon, Utility and Mining sectors through the energy transition. He recently championed the expansion of Worleys New Business into offshore wind in key emerging markets.
Yvan Leyni Engineering and Projects Director Bourbon Subsea Services
Yvan is Engineering and Projects Director for the Subsea Division of Bourbon and is leading the global development and delivery of subsea and renewables services and projects. He has 25 years' experience in the Oil and gas Industry and hold two Master degrees - one in Mechanical Engineering and the other in Automation.
Prior to joining Bourbon, Yvan held various leadership roles within operations and asset management, as well as engineering design and integrity management, for a major subsea contractor.
Samuel Nelis Offshore Wind Product and Business Development Manager Tractebel
Klaas Oltmann Managing Director OVERDICK, a company of Tractebel
Zafar Samadov IMDC product manager Blue Energy IMDC, a company of Tractebel
Alberto R Rocha Director North America Grupo Cobra
Alberto has an extensive experience in Energy Business. For more than a decade, Alberto has been working in the most important companies of the sector, bearing responsibilities in several areas such as; R&D developments, Renewable Energy Finance, Global Business Development , Global Concessions and Corporate Management. Currently, Alberto is focus on business origination, restructuring and control as Director of North America Area at Grupo Cobra (a company of Grupo ACS).
Steven Gray CEO ROVOP
Michael Braid Divisional Director Clarksons Platou Offshore
Roger White Project Manager Edison Chouest Offshore
Josh Diedrich Director, Business Development WindServe Marine
Josh is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy where he studied Marine Engineering Systems. After graduation Josh began his career as an engineer on Offshore Supply Vessels in the Gulf of Mexico supporting the offshore oil and gas industry. He transitioned to shoreside employment with the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) where Josh worked as a marine surveyor and auditor and was promoted to senior surveyor/auditor. During his employment with ABS Josh attended graduate school at the City University of New York where he earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA). In 2015 Josh joined the Reinauer Group of Companies and managed all major repairs, modifications and new construction for Reinauer’s articulated tug and barge fleet. In 2018 the Reinauer Group formulated WindServe Marine, LLC to focus exclusively on offshore wind energy projects in the U.S. and Josh was selected to lead all operations and development for WindServe Marine.
Bruce Harland Vice President, Business Development Crowley Shipping
Mr. Harland has responsibility for Business development in the US and International markets. Crowley provides ship assist and escort services, salvage and oil spill response equipment, contract towing services, Arctic transportation services, naval architecture and marine engineering services, logistics and project management services. Harland joined the company in 1984 as Operations Supervisor in Anchorage, Alaska and has held progressive management positions throughout the Crowley organization in Alaska, Seattle, Washington and Houston, Texas. Harland was awarded the Thomas Crowley Award in 1995. Mr. Harland is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and received an M.B.A. degree from Seattle University. Mr. Harland is also one of three U.S. representatives on the recently formed Arctic Economic Council.
Paul Gallagher Vice President FOSS Maritime Company
Paul Gallagher currently serves as a vice president at Foss Maritime and is focused on solving marine transportation and logistical challenges, locally and in some the harshest environments in the world.
During his thirty five years within the maritime industry, Paul has been involved in all aspects of vessel operations and commercial contracting. While working afloat, he sailed as a licensed officer in the deck department on container vessels, tank vessels, drill ships, offshore supply vessels and offshore towing vessels. His shoreside assignments include P/L management of regional businesses including tanker escort, ship assist, regional towing, line handling and heavy lift cargo transportation projects for upstream oil, gas & mineral extraction clients.
Paul grew up in Maine as the son of fisherman and attended Maine Maritime Academy where he earned a BS in Nautical Science. He continued on to complete a MBA program at Seattle University. Paul currently resides in Seattle with his wife Wendy and three children Griffin, Maeve and Lily.
Frederik Colban-Andersen Divisional Director Clarksons Platou
Sidney Florey President DEME Offshore US
Eskil Røset Senior Project Manager Fred Olsen Windcarrier
John Dempsey Manager, Transmission Development Public Service Electric & Gas Company
Maxime Toulotte Head of Technical Marketing Nexans
Kenneth Bowes Vice President - ISO Policy, Siting and Compliance Eversource Energy
Kenneth Bowes is Vice President, ISO Policy, Siting & Compliance for Eversource Energy. In that role, he is responsible for the leadership and direction of Transmission performance as it relates to short and long-term customer impacts and benefits, development of siting & permitting for transmission infrastructure projects, performance indicators, FERC, ISO-NE and state regulatory plans, and NERC compliance. He serves as a technical consultant for various large transmission projects, and provides expert testimony in regulatory proceedings concerning them.
A native of New Hampshire, Bowes joined Eversource in July 1984 in the System Test department. He has held several engineering and management positions in the Energy Delivery organizations becoming the Director – Transmission and Distribution Maintenance in 1999, Director – Transmission Construction, Test, and Maintenance in 2002, Director – Transmission Projects in 2004, Vice President – Customer Operations in 2008, Vice President of Energy Delivery in 2010, Vice President of Engineering in 2014, and Vice President of Transmission Performance in 2017.
Ken has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is the past Chairman of the Edison Electric Institute’s Transmission Committee and presently serves on the EEI Transmission and EEI Security Committees. He serves on the Connecticut Science Center Women in Science Steering Committee, the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Connecticut, the Bristol Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors, and is Past Chairman of the Board of Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters. Bowes was inducted into the University of Connecticut, Academy of Distinguished Engineers in 2016 and elected into the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering in 2017.
Stephen Conant Partner Anbaric Development Partners
Stephen Conant is a Partner and Project Manager for Anbaric and President of Green Line Devco, LLC. Prior to joining Anbaric, Mr. Conant was a Senior Market Analyst for Energy Security Analysis, a power price forecasting firm, where he headed its western power markets practice.
Mr. Conant was a Senior Consultant for Stone & Webster Management Consultants where he conducted environmental due diligence for major power asset transfers including coal, natural gas, hydroelectric power plants and natural gas pipe lines. Prior to joining the private sector he worked in local, state, and federal government, including a senior staff position in U.S. House of Representatives.
Mr. Conant graduated from the University of Massachusetts – Lowell with a B.A. in Environmental Sciences and Philosophy and from Tufts University with an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy.
Representative Patricia A. Haddad Massachusetts House of Representatives
Walter Cruickshank Acting Director Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
James Bennett Program Manager, Office of Renewable Energy Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Joan Barminski Pacific Regional Director Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Joan Barminski serves as Regional Director for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Pacific Region, with responsibility for managing the development of energy and mineral resources on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf offshore California, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii.
With over 40 years of experience in federal offshore energy programs, Barminski held geoscience positions on the east and west coasts before advancing into management positions in the Pacific Region.
Barminski, a California Registered Geologist, holds a B.A. in geology from Smith College and completed graduate work in coastal processes and marine geology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Commissioner Judith Judson Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Kathleen A. Theoharides Secretary Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
In 2016, Katie Theoharides joined the Baker-Polito Administration as Director of Climate and Global Warming Solutions in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. As Director and later Assistant Secretary, Theoharides guided the development and implementation of the Administration’s efforts to safeguard Massachusetts from the impacts of climate change, support cities and towns, and coordinate efforts across state government to reduce emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. She worked to implement Executive Order 569, led the development of the State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan and created the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program, working to grow the program to reach 50 percent of cities and towns in the Commonwealth in less than 3 years. Theoharides was promoted to Undersecretary in 2019, and continued to lead the Commonwealth’s efforts on climate change, including working to strengthen regional and national coalitions focused on bipartisan state climate leadership including the United States Climate Alliance and the Transportation Climate Initiative.
Trained as a field biologist, Theoharides began her policy career working in Washington, D.C. at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and Defenders of Wildlife. During her time in DC, Theoharides worked on the federal farm bill and conservation policy, and helped establish a national program that partnered with federal and state agencies to incorporate climate change adaptation into policy, budgets, and planning. After returning to Massachusetts, Theoharides served as the Executive Director of the Hilltown Land Trust, and founded Theoharides Consulting which provided climate and environmental policy analysis, strategic planning, and facilitation to universities, government agencies and non-profits.
Theoharides received a B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Dartmouth College and Masters of Science in Ecology and Environmental Biology from University of Massachusetts-Boston.
Originally from western Massachusetts, Theoharides lives with her husband, three young children, and dog in Arlington, Massachusetts.
Paul Holthus CEO World Ocean Council
Paul Holthus founded the World Ocean Council - the Global Blue Economy Business Organization. The WOC brings together leadership companies from offshore renewables, fisheries, aquaculture, shipping, oil/gas, cruise tourism, seabed mining, and others - including finance. The WOC works to achieve synergies among these sectors in ocean sustainable development.
Mr Holthus works with the private sector to develop practical solutions for responsible ocean use, and has worked in over 30 countries with companies, industry associations, UN agencies, and international NGOs/foundations. He has held senior positions with UN agencies and other international organizations.
Doreen Harris Director, Large-Scale Renewables New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Doreen Harris is the Director of the Large-Scale Renewables team at the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA). Ms. Harris manages the centralized long-term procurement of utility-scale renewable resources in New York under the state’s nation-leading Clean Energy Standard and oversees future policy design, program rule development, stakeholder outreach and market development mechanisms. Ms. Harris also leads the State’s strategic effort to spur the responsible and cost-effective development of New York’s offshore wind resource. Ms. Harris received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester and a Master of Business Administration from the University at Albany.
Adrienne Downey Principal Engineer – Offshore Wind NYSERDA
Matthew Vestal Technical Advisor, Large Scale Renewables NYSERDA
Mr. Vestal is a Technical Advisor for NYSERDA’s Large-Scale Renewables Team, leading State efforts related to achieving New York’s goals of 9 GW of offshore wind by 2035 and 70% renewables by 2030. Prior to NYSERDA, Mr. Vestal was an associate at Capital Dynamics, a market-leading investor in land-based wind and solar technologies. Prior to Capital Dynamics, Mr. Vestal was an analyst at GE Energy Financial Services where he worked in project development and fixed-income underwriting. Mr. Vestal holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from the University of Kansas.
Catherine Bowes Program Director, Offshore Wind Energy National Wildlife Federation
Nathanael Greene Senior Renewable Energy Advocate Natural Resources Defense Council
Nathanael Greene is responsible for coordinating NRDC’s work on renewable power. Nathanael has particular expertise in on and offshore wind, solar and biomass energy. For the last decade, he has focused on policies to ensure rapid deployment of renewables in ways that avoid, minimize and mitigate impacts on wildlife and is on the board the American Wind Wildlife Institute. He joined NRDC in 1992 after receiving his BA in Public Policy from Brown University. He worked two years before getting a MS in Energy and Resources from University of California Berkeley and returned to NRDC in 1996.
Walter Musial Manager, Offshore Wind National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Walt Musial is a principal engineer and leads the offshore wind research platform at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) where he has worked for 31 years. In 2003 he initiated the offshore wind energy research program at NREL which focuses on a wide range of industry needs and critical technology challenges. Walt also developed and ran NREL’s full scale blade and drivetrain testing facilities for 15 years. Earlier, Walt worked as a test engineer for five years in the commercial wind energy industry in California. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, specializing in energy conversion with a focus on wind energy engineering. He has over 100 publications and two patents.
Matthew Marshall Executive Director Redwood Coast Energy Authority
Matthew Marshall is the Executive Director of the Redwood Coast Energy Authority, a California joint powers agency of local governments dedicated to implementing sustainably energy initiatives in the region, and Humboldt County’s electricity provider through community choice aggregation. A graduate of Humboldt State University, Matthew serves on the board of directors of several non-profits, including the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust, the Redwood Parks Conservancy, and the Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce, and the California Community Choice Association. He plays the bagpipes and is an Assistant Chief of the Westhaven Volunteer Fire Department.
Bruce K. Carlisle Senior Director Offshore Wind Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Tom Habashi CEO Monterey Bay Community Power
MBCP is a regional Community Choice Energy (CCE) program, providing residential and commercial electricity throughout Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties. As CEO, Mr. Habashi directs energy acquisition, strategic planning, program implementation, operations, regulatory affairs, communications and outreach. Serving California’s community-owned utilities for thirty years, he managed a wide range of energy sector activities including energy acquisition, rate development, finance, and supply distribution, and brings a wealth of knowledge to the CCE sector. Mr. Habashi earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Ain Shams University in Cairo and an MBA from the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, California.
Elisa Obermann Executive Director Marine Renewables Canada
Eric Wilkinson General Counsel and Director of Energy Policy Environmental League of Massachusetts
Eric joined Environmental League of Massachusetts in 2016 and serves as the General Counsel and Director of Energy Policy. Prior to joining ELM, Eric served as Senior External Affairs Representative at ISO New England, the entity responsible for managing the wholesale energy grid. Eric’s responsibilities included environmental, climate change and renewable energy issues. He has also been a state (New Jersey Board of Public Utilities) and federal (US Environmental Protection Agency) regulator. Eric holds a Juris Doctorate and a Masters in the Study of Environmental Law, cum laude from the Vermont Law School.
Richard Bourgeois Senior Project Manager NYSERDA
Richard Bourgeois is a senior project manager at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) with a portfolio in renewable energy. He is currently Principal Investigator for NYSERDA’s project with the U.S. Department of Energy to establish the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium. Prior to joining NYSERDA, Richard spent 24 years at General Electric and earned twenty U.S. patents for his work on fuel cells, hydrogen electrolysis and energy storage. He is a licensed Professional Engineer with an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BS from Boston University.
Stephen Pike CEO Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
As Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Stephen Pike is responsible for leading MassCEC’s efforts to build a nation-leading clean energy economy in Massachusetts.
Steve was appointed Interim CEO in September 2015 after joining MassCEC as General Counsel in May 2013, leading the organization’s general corporate and public law matters; and overseeing governmental affairs.
Prior to joining MassCEC, Steve practiced corporate law in Boston for nearly 15 years, most recently as a shareholder at Davis, Malm & D'Agostine, PC and prior to that as a partner and associate at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP. During this time, Steve focused primarily on commercial transactions, venture capital and private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law.
Throughout his career, Steve has counseled numerous clean energy companies at various stages, sizes and technology focus. During his time as MassCEC’s General Counsel, Steve was responsible for overseeing legal transactions across the organization representing renewable energy programs, industry support initiatives and agency operations.
Prior to attending law school, Steve was the Assistant to the Undersecretary at the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs and also worked as the legislative director for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, during the Weld administration. Steve, a Haverhill resident, graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor's degree in History and earned a Jurist Doctorate from the Boston University School of Law where he was an editor of the Law Review.
Sara Bluhm Gibson Director, Office of Clean Energy New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Sara Bluhm Gibson serves as the Director of Clean Energy at the NJ Board of Public Utilities. The Office of Clean Energy manages and coordinates cross-cutting issues within the BPU related to energy and economic development. The Office of Clean Energy is responsible for statewide energy efficiency programs and the development of clean, renewable sources including offshore wind and solar. In addition Sara is the BPU representative on Team NJ for the National Governor’s Association (NGA) Smarter States Initiative. Prior to joining the BPU, Sara was active in policy development on the state level specializing in energy and environmental policy. Sara holds a B.A. from Douglass College-Rutgers University, an MPAP from the Bloustein School-Rutgers University, and Wharton Program for Working Professionals Business Certificate, The Wharton School-University of Pennsylvania.
Sy Oytan Offshore Wind Sector Lead New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)
Sy Oytan is the Sector Lead - Offshore Wind for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA).
In this role, Sy oversees the Authority’s efforts to accelerate economic growth by developing and implementing initiatives and programs that enhance New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness in the offshore wind sector.
Sy has 15+ years of global experience in the energy and wind industries, including leading onshore wind projects totaling 2000 MW capacity and consulting in the offshore wind sector in Europe. He has been a business partner to many of the key supply chain companies that are now considering New Jersey for future investments.
Sy holds a M.S. in Industrial Management from Clemson University in South Carolina and he earned B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey.
Beth Casoni Executive Director Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association
Beth is a pro-active participant in many areas involving the commercial fishing industry with her primary focus on the commercial lobster industry. As the Executive Director for the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association Beth is the boots on the ground representative for the fishermen and will always give them the shore side support needed to ensure their continued success on the water. Beth is currently on the Massachusetts Ocean Planning Committee, The Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team and the New England Fisheries Management Commission Herring and Habitat Advisory Panel. Beth’s past professional experiences range from sales, customer service and law enforcement and she utilizes all of these experiences to better serve the commercial fisherman. Beth grew up in a large fishing area within her town and has commercial fishermen in her family so; her personal experiences give her the heart and drive to keep moving forward with purpose and determination to better represent the commercial fisherman.
Andrew Lipsky Acting Chief of Staff NOAA-Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Kevin Stokesbury Professor, SMAST / Fisheries Oceanography UMass Dartmouth
Professor Kevin D. E. Stokesbury received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Acadia University, his Ph.D. from Universite Laval, and is the former Chair of the Department of Fisheries Oceanography at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. His research focuses on the principles of marine and estuarine ecology, fisheries biology, population dynamics, and marine ecosystems. A continuous theme is s patial and temporal distributions, on various scales, of marine invertebrates and fish, and how these distributions relate to community structure and habitat. Since 1999 his laboratory with members of the commercial sea scallop industry have completed over 200 video cruises surveying Georges Bank and the Mid - Atlantic (>1000 days at sea) covering the entire scallop resource ( 7 0,000 km 2 ) from 2003 to 201 8 . These data provide assessments of scallop and other macroinvertebrate densities, and sediment and habita t distributions in closed and open areas in US and Canadian waters. This work aided in developing limited fisheries in the closed areas of Georges Bank, which resulted in a catch worth $30 million in 1999 and $25 million in 2000 . In 2003, the video survey expanded to cover the entire scallop resource; this doubled the estimate of abundance, worth approximately US $2.4 billion. The survey protocol has been accepted by the National Marine Fisheries Service as a complete independent stock assessment, one of o nly 6 in the nation. It has been published in over 30 peer - reviewed scientific papers. Over 200 student, scientists and fishermen have worked together on this project. For the past 1 8 years New Bedford, MA, has been the number one fishing port in the Unite d States for value landed because of the sea scallop harvest.
Garry George Clean Energy Director National Audubon Society
Garry George leads the Clean Energy Initiative of the Climate Strategy at National Audubon Society. Audubon’s Climate Report at https://climate.audubon.org reveals that climate change is the biggest threat to birds. He represents Audubon in federal, state and local renewable energy siting, permitting and conservation and mitigation policies for onshore and offshore wind energy. He also serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of American Wind & Wildlife Institute www.awwi.org and in working groups with the wind industry and agencies to resolve wind/avian conflicts. When not spending time with his 6-year old grandson, Garry goes on bird watching trips around the world to add to his life list of over 7,500 species. Garry is based in Los Angeles.
Stephanie McClellan Executive Director Special Initiative on Offshore Wind
Stephanie McClellan is the Director of the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (SIOW), an internationally-recognized, US offshore wind energy policy and communications program. The SIOW is non-commercial and philanthropy-funded, and is administratively housed in the University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean and Environment. McClellan's work has extended from Massachusetts to North Carolina, the nearest-term offshore wind energy markets in the United States, providing cutting edge policy and cost analysis, building a knowledge bridge between state governments, the federal government, and the global offshore wind industry. Through her established leadership and convening ability, McClellan also advances collaboration within the US offshore wind sector. Prior to launching the Special Initiative in Offshore Wind in 2013, McClellan was the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Outreach for the Google-backed Atlantic Wind Connection. McClellan joined the offshore wind sector after her work on offshore wind began as Policy Director for former Delaware Governor Jack Markell. She holds a Ph.D. and Master's degree in public policy from the University of Delaware.
Sam Beirne Wind & Energy Storage Program Manager Maryland Energy Administration
Maciek Bury Senior Project Officer for Offshore Wind New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)
Maciek Bury is Sr. Project Officer for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) Office of Economic Transformation.
In this role, Maciek works to accelerate economic growth by developing and implementing initiatives and programs that enhance New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness in strategic sectors, specifically offshore wind development in New Jersey.
Maciek has been with the EDA for over 5 years, managing Superstorm Sandy Recovery Programs before changing focus to help build the offshore wind sector. Prior to joining the EDA, he served as a compliance professional for major organizations in the financial and pharmaceutical field and as an entrepreneur.
Maciek holds a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall Law School and B.S. in Finance from Rowan University in New Jersey.
Gary Norton Senior Renewable Energy Technologies Advisor U.S.DOE
Mary Collins Managing Director & Co-Founder American Jobs Project
Annie Hawkins Executive Director Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA)
Annie has spent over fifteen years working to improve ocean resource management through advocacy and regulatory initiatives. Prior to joining RODA’s founding team, she provided government relations support to a variety of fishing industry and ocean technology clients with aWashington, D.C. law firm. She previously held positions in fisheries management and marine regulation including at the New England Fishery Management Council and NOAA’s Large MarineEcosystems program. Throughout her career she has specialized in working with public and privatesector partners to develop practical, science-based solutions to business, policy, and environmental challenges. She holds Juris Doctor and Master of Marine Affairs degrees from the University of Washingtonand a B.A. in Conservation Biology and Political Science from the University ofWisconsin.
John Warren Director, Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy Commonwealth of Virginia
John Warren was appointed Director of the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy in August 2015. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. Mr. Warren’s career began in industrial construction, but his mechanical engineering background led him to local government where he served Henrico County, VA in facilities management and was tasked with reducing the energy footprint of county buildings. He then served as DMME’s Director of Energy from 2000-2007, followed by private sector work in the alternative fuels and green chemicals industry. Mr. Warren’s understanding of Virginia’s unique combination of natural resources, technology base, university and research capacity, and business and industry growth opportunities helps guide DMME in the execution of programs in support of Virginia’s mineral and renewable energy resource development.
David Borrus Business Manager, Pile Drivers & Divers Local 56 New England Regional Council of Carpenters
David Borrus is the Business Manager for UBC Pile Drivers& Divers Local 56, New England Regional Council of Carpenters,, representing over 470 pile drivers, marine welders, commercial divers, and harbor pilots . He is also a Trustee for the New England Carpenters Training Fund Mr. Borrus has been a commercial diver since 1979, and a member of Local 56 since 1991. He has worked both in the U.S. and overseas on offshore energy and marine construction projects. From 1980-1984 he lived in Israel and was a founding member of Kibbutz Lotan. He is a graduate of the Professional Diving School of New York ( 1979) and the University of Rhode Island (B.S., Resource Development 1987).
Mayor Jon Mitchell City of New Bedford
Scott Bates Chairman Connecticut Port Authority
Scott Bates has served in leadership roles at the state, national and international levels in policy development and government for over twenty five years.
Bates serves as the Chairman of the Connecticut Port Authority (CPA), a quasi-public state agency responsible for the development of the state’s ports and maritime economy. Since its establishment in 2016, the CPA has worked to grow Connecticut’s economy and create jobs by strategically investing in the state’s three deepwater ports and small harbors to enable each to maximize its own economic potential.
After September 11th, Bates became the first Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee and led a team that produced a dozen reports on homeland security issues ranging from border security to bioterrorism. He then served as President of the Center for National Policy, a Washington DC think tank focusing on topics of national security. Bates has also taught at the National Defense University in Washington D.C, University of Indiana School of Law, the University of Tokyo, and the University of Pristina.
Scott Bates has been on the ground in every war zone where American troops have fought in this generation. He has worked with elected leaders and activists alike to build democratic institutions and governance structures in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia, Haiti and the Persian Gulf. He has been a featured speaker on defense issues and international affairs at numerous national and international conferences.
Bates served as Chief of Staff for Congressman Nick Lampson, Counsel to Congressman Jim Turner, and Senior Advisor to Congressman Maurice Hinchey. He was appointed Secretary of the State and Legislative Director for Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder and is credited for the state’s ethics reforms and an unprecedented expansion in appointments of women and minorities to state boards and commissions.
Jennifer Menard Vice President of External Affairs Bristol Community College
Jennifer leads the Offshore Wind initiative at Bristol Community College and is overseeing the implementation of the Bristol National Offshore Wind Institute (NOWI) to provide a comprehensive array of HSE training including Global Wind Organization Basic Safety and Technical training as well as customized Offshore Wind training programs. Jennifer has been involved in the Offshore Wind industry since 2008 and was a part of the Bristol Offshore Wind Workforce Assessment funded through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Jennifer also oversees the Bristol Workforce Education Institute that offers customized, corporate training, and community and open enrollment courses.
Katie Almeida Fishery Policy Analyst The Town Dock
Willett Kempton Professor, Marine Science and Policy University of Delaware
Ed LeBlanc Chief, Waterways Management Division U.S. Coast Guard Sector South-eastern New England
Greg Dolan Manager New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal
Mike Kennealy Secretary Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
Jonny Allen Senior Underwriter - Renewable Energy Travelers Insurance Company
Erica Egan Senior VP Helaba, Landesbank Hessen Thüringen
Ms Egan has worked at Helaba handling project finance since 2000. She currently is responsible for new business development in the energy sector in North America. The bank specializes in providing construction and term, non-recourse financing for energy projects. Projects include power plants using conventional fossil-fuels and renewable resources, as well as natural gas infrastructure facilities, such as storage, pipelines and LNG re-gasification terminals. Ms Egan has been active in financing wind projects in particular since 2005 and in overseeing the development of Helaba’s solar finance business in the US since 2010. Helaba’s client-base includes large utilities, independent power producers and development companies, as well as specialized private equity investors with relevant industry experience. Prior to working at Helaba, Ms Egan has worked at American International Group (AIG), PricewaterhouseCoopers, First National Bank of Chicago and Chase Manhattan in a range of financial advisory, risk management and corporate finance roles. Ms Egan holds a Doctorate from the University of East Anglia in England and a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College.
Dr. Tom Harries Associate Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Dorothy Franzoni Partner Eversheds Sutherland
Dorothy Franzoni is Chair of the Eversheds Sutherland (US) Renewable and Alternative Energy team and is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Dorothy’s clients are independent power producers, investor-owned utilities, electric cooperatives and other strategic investors in the electric power industry. Her practice supports the commercial, project development and financial transactions fundamental to the development and operation of electric generation projects. She represents clients in the development, construction and operation of renewable energy projects, including offshore and onshore wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydro, and energy storage projects.
Thomas Amis Chairman and Partner Amis, Patel & Brewer, LLP
Tom Amis is Chairman of Amis, Patel & Brewer, LLP, a law firm focused on the renewable energy and sustainability sectors. Mr. Amis’s practice has focused on domestic and international infrastructure development and finance since the mid-1980’s. For the last 15 years his work has been exclusively concentrated in the renewable energy and sustainability sectors. He has represented developers, contractors and financing parties in all aspects of the development, financing and construction of sustainable energy and infrastructure projects. Representative technologies include solar, wind (onshore and offshore), biomass, waste to energy, controlled environment agriculture and energy storage.
Tim Halperin-Smith Chief Commercial Officer, Power AON Risk
Jim Tynion Partner Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Jim Tynion is a partner in the New York office of Morgan Lewis & Bockius where he is the Head of the firm’s Project Finance and Infrastructure practice. Jim has been active in the US wind energy industry for more than 25 years and represents clients in renewable energy financings, M&A, and project developments. He has been a regular speaker at renewable energy conferences in the US and globally for over 15 years.
Jim can be reached at email@example.com or 212-309-6820
Pieter Plantinga Executive Director Renewable Energy and Infrastructure Finance Rabobank International
Andrew Eckhardt CFA, Vice President KfW IPEX-Bank
Richard Sarsfield-Hall Director Pöyry Management Consulting
Richard joined Pöyry in 2008 and has over 30 years’ experience in energy markets. He is responsible for developing Pöyry’s entry into the North American energy consulting market, including providing electricity market price projections and Pöyry’s Independent Market Reports. These are widely used by generators, developers and financiers for asset valuations and M&A transactions.
He is also an expert on gas advocacy and led Pöyry’s study on ‘Fully Decarbonising Europe’s Energy System by 2050’ published in May 2018. He has worked on many valuation projects covering gas storage, gas infrastructure, CCGT/CHP and renewable generation units.
Previously he spent 17 years with Centrica plc in management roles covering M&A, commercial, and operations for gas, power and renewable assets. He was part of Centrica’s market entry strategy into North America, including potential $7bn merger with US utility KeySpan Energy in 1999 and $406m acquisition of Canadian Direct Energy in 2000 and £173.5m sub-leases under US cross-border financing of Peterborough & King’s Lynn power stations in the UK in 2001.
Richard has an MBA from Henley Business School in the UK and a BSc in Bio-Chemical Engineering.
Alexander Krolick Head of Infrastructure and Energy Finance, Americas Macquarie Capital, Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc.
Alexander, is an experienced project financier who has spent the last sixteen years at the forefront of energy project finance arranging and advisory activities in EMEA and in the Americas. He is responsible for Macquarie Capital’s Infrastructure & Energy Group’s financing activity across the Americas.
Alexander has diverse experience structuring, raising and marketing non-recourse debt in the energy sectors. His work for Macquarie Capital’s own account includes the $716m financing the 906MW Norte III power plant located in Mexico as well as the financings for the greenfield 200MW windfarm in Texas (Canadian Breaks) and the first-of-its-kind distributed battery storage portfolio (Electrodes). Previously, he has advised Cheniere Energy in support of their Sabine Pass and Corpus Christi LNG liquefaction projects. The Corpus Christi project, at USD 11.5 billion in debt, represents the largest single project finance debt raise from commercial banks. He has also advised DE Shaw on the USD 300 million financing of Deepwater Wind's Block Island Wind Farm. This project is the first offshore wind farm constructed in the Americas.
Alexander holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology (Geochemistry) from the University of Colorado and has completed post-graduate coursework in finance at New York University and the University of California at Berkeley. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.
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Randy Male Head of Boston Office Green Giraffe
Randy joined Green Giraffe in 2019 and heads the Boston office
He is currently working on the sale of an undisclosed pumped storage hydro project and an equity raise for a portfolio of early development floating offshore wind farms
Before joining Green Giraffe, Randy spent several years leading renewable energy investment banking assignments at Bostonia Partners in Boston. During his tenure at Bostonia Partners, he led the sale and financing of offshore wind projects, onshore wind and solar projects. He has also been a renewable energy developer and CFO of several companies
He is a registered broker dealer representative and holds the following securities licenses: SIE, Series 63, 24 (General Securities Principal), 79 (Investment Banking), and 82 (Private Placements)
Randy holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Skidmore College as well as an MBA from Cornell University
Jérôme Guillet Managing Director Green Giraffe
Jérôme Guillet is a founder of Green Giraffe, created in 2010 and now with 85 officers across 6 offices, including Boston in the USA. Green Giraffe focuses on financial advisory services for the renewable energy sector. He has almost 25 years of experience in the energy project finance industry, with a specific focus on offshore wind over the past 15 years. Under his leadership, Green Giraffe helped close large non-recourse financings for more than 4 GW of offshore wind projects in the past eight years, including the 30 MW Block Island project in the USA. He is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and holds a PhD in economics from the EHESS in Paris.
Mauricio Posadas Partner Amis, Patel & Brewer
Naomi Baruch Vice President, New Markets Tax Credits MassDevelopment
Joshua Kaplowitz Attorney-Advisor U.S. Department of the Interior
John Dalton President Power Advisory LLC
Mikael Jakobsson Managing Director Cierco
Mikael founded CIERCO Corporation in 2001. With 33 years in the wind sector he has held several commercial and senior management roles in technology and projects (Wind World, BTM, Enron, EDF/Airicole and 2B Energy). Engagement in offshore wind started with first offshore wind turbine in 1989, and has included several key projects since. Among other activities, MJ has also been extensively engaged in offshore logistics, mainly through a Cierco subsidiary operating service vessels and development of mooring systems as well as developing helicopter landing and helideck design for offshore wind turbine nacelles together with CAA and the HCA. Furthermore, Mikael also has extensive offshore wind turbine development experience on both 6 MW and 12 MW platforms.
Jen Goirke Senior Director Travaglini, Eisenberg & Kiley
Jen Gorke is a senior director at Travaglini, Eisenberg & Kiley. Prior to joining the firm, Jen worked as Chief Operating Officer of the Massachusetts Center for Health Information and Analysis, as the COO and Chief Brand and Marketing Officer of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, and as Legislative Director for the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. At Travaglini, Eisenberg & Kiley, Jen works with Vineyard Wind as they build the first commercial scale offshore wind energy project in the United States. Jen received a B.A. in Government from Harvard College and an MSc in Gender and Public Policy from the London School of Economics.
Doug Pfeister Managing Director The Renewables Consulting Group