Offshore Wind is Ready for Prime Time off the Oregon Coast; Initial projects are under development on the East Coast where Turbines can be mounted to the Ocean Floor, and Technology is now Available for Floating Turbine Deployment on the West Coast; The First Floating Wind Project started development off Scotland in 2017 and is now commercially operating and numerous other projects are in development in the UK, Scandinavia and Asia. This Panel will Discuss key Federal and State Policies that are Accelerating Offshore Wind Development as well as challenges around such development.
Dave Van’t Hof, Attorney and Energy Consultant, David Van’t Hof Legal and Strategic Services
Panelists: Jason Busch, Executive Director, Pacific Ocean Energy Trust Shannon Souza, Policy Director, Pacific Ocean Energy Trust
The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) will present key findings from its recent floating offshore wind (FOSW) study. Without committing to state deployment targets, Oregon’s HB 3375 (2021) recognizes the merits of studying and planning for FOSW and directed ODOE to study the benefits and challenges of integrating up to three gigawatts of FOSW into Oregon’s electric grid by 2030. A report summarizing the study’s key findings is due to the legislature no later than September 15, 2022.
Jason Sierman, Sr. Energy Policy Analyst, Oregon Dept. of Energy
Derek Green, Counsel, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.
Representative David Gomberg (HD 10) Representative David Brock Smith (HD 1) John Burns, Executive Director, Port of Coos Bay Heather Munro Mann, Executive Director, Midwater Trawlers Cooperative Robert Westerman, Business Manager, IBEW 932 and President, Oregon State Association of Electrical Workers
This session will cover core issues and considerations for permitting and approvals of OSW development under the BOEM and state regulatory agencies in Oregon.
Ankur Tohan, Partner, K&L Gates, Seattle, WA
Sarah Courbis, Ph.D., Senior Marine Protected Species and Regulatory Specialist, Advisian Ellen J. Crivella, Head of Permitting, Environment & Marine Affairs, Ørsted Offshore North America – Commercial Felisa Elayne Sanchez, Of Counsel, K&L Gates LLP, Houston, TX
This session will delve into the multiple layers of service and logistics required to develop and support offshore wind, and to responsibly develop that infrastructure within the community. Our speakers come at offshore wind development from different perspectives but with a shared vision that the Oregon Coast is an appropriate place to develop this burgeoning industry.
Brien Flanagan, Shareholder, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
John Burns, Chief Executive Officer, Port of Coos Bay Jeffrey M. Andreini, Vice President, Crowley Wind Services, Inc
Zac Padgett, Partner, Orrick
Panelists: Michelle Detwiler, Executive Director, Renewable Hydrogen Alliance Rebecca Smith, Senior Energy Policy Analyst – Transportation Electrification + Renewable Hydrogen, Oregon Department of Energy