Ninety-nine percent of the world’s offshore wind farm capacity can be found in Europe, but that may change quickly as federal and state agencies in the U.S. have recently developed new strategic plans and funding opportunities to meet a goal of 10 gigawatts of offshore wind energy capacity by 2020. The first offshore wind farm projects in the U.S., such as Cape Wind off the coast of Massachusetts, are closing in on the construction phase, and many more are being planned or studied.
"This is where the industry will be talking about how to exploit the United States’ enormous potential for generating power along its coastlines," said Nadim Chaudhry, Managing Director of Green Power Conferences. "Coastal states and several companies are moving fast to permit, develop and operate new renewable energy facilities that can rival some of the successful operations in Europe and elsewhere. It’s becoming a very competitive industry, and the growing interest demanded that we add another day to this years’ schedule."
Speakers at Offshore Wind Power USA will be discussing topics critical to moving the sector forward such as grid transmission and interconnection, financing, the manufacturing and supply chain, development, and federal and state policy.
Among the speakers booked to offer insights on the industry are:
Jim Lanard, President, Offshore Wind Development Coalition
Jim Gordon, President, Cape Wind
Laura Smith Morton, Senior Advisor, Renewable Energy, US Department of Energy
Peter Mandelstam, President and Founder, NRG Bluewater Wind
Jeff Grybowski, Chief Administrative Office and Senior Vice President of Strategy and External Affairs,Deepwater Wind
Tim Ryan, President, APEX Offshore Wind
Jeanne Fox, Commissioner, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
The 3rd annual Offshore Wind Power USA conference will take place February 22-24, 2012 at the Hynes Convention Center in Bo ston, Massachusetts. The event is expected to draw over 300 high-level professionals from every corner of the offshore wind energy industry including project developers, owners and operators, utilities, federal and state policy makers, manufacturers, component suppliers, marine shipping and transportation executives, and investors.