See what we've got planned for you. Click on workshop titles to display the workshop description. (As of March 27, 2018. Workshop dates and times subject to change.)

Monday, April 2 Pre-IPF Activities

3:00–6:00pm Registration open Hotel Lobby
5:00–7:00pm Network Member Reception
Business Network for Offshore Wind Members only
Sponsored by Deepwater Wind and Ramboll
Maeder Hall @ Princeton University

Tuesday, April 3

12:00–6:00pm Registration open Hotel Lobby
12:00–3:00pm Exhibitor setup Exhibit Hall
1:00–1:30pm WindMatch Session ISponsored by Hobbs and Towne
Village Square
1:45–2:15pm WindMatch Session IISponsored by Hobbs and Towne
Village Square
2:30–3:00pm WindMatch Session IIISponsored by Hobbs and Towne
Village Square
3:15-3:45pm WindMatch Session IVSponsored by Hobbs and Towne
Village Square
3:30–5:00pm Exhibits open Exhibit Hall
4:00-5:30pm Briefing on Advanced Model Testing for US OSW Innovation & Cost Reduction Village Square
Moderator: Anthony Viselli–University of Maine
Track: It's All Relevant
This briefing session presents recent advances in offshore wind technology innovation confirmed through experimental model testing. Model testing in sophisticated wave/wind simulation facilities provides a reduced risk venue to evaluate and optimize new technology concepts. Goals of these tests may include verification of concept feasibility, validation of engineering physics models, or demonstration of deployment methods and procedures. The invited panelist will present the latest testing results for offshore wind technology including testing of floating foundations, advanced deployment methods, and numerical engineering tool validation.

Habib Dagher, Executive Director, Advanced Structures and Composites Center–University of Maine
Amy Robertson, Senior Engineer–National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Spencer Hallowell, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Fons Huijs, Technology Coordinator, Hydrodynamics–GustoMSC

Michael Lee, President – CyTroniQ

6:00–7:30pm Welcome Reception Sponsored by Ørsted, WSP, Siemens-Gamesa
Remarks by New Jersey Senator Troy Singleton
Lauren Burm, Head of Public Affairs, North America – Ørsted
Matt Palmer, Vice President, Offshore Wind Manager - – WSP
Jason Folsom, Commercial Heasd of Offshore Wind, Americas Region – Siemens Gamesa
Prospect House @ Princeton University

Wednesday, April 4

7:30am–5:00pm Registration open Hotel Lobby
7:30am Breakfast / Exhibits Open Exhibit Hall
8:00–8:25am WindMatch Session VSponsored by Hobbs and Towne
Village Square
8:30am Opening Remarks
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker (video)
Forrestal Ballroom
Connecting and Building a US Offshore Wind Supply Chain
Liz Burdock, Executive Director – Business Network for Offshore Wind
Forrestal Ballroom
8:45am Welcome to New Jersey
New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney
Forrestal Ballroom
9:00am Offshore Wind in the United States
Federal Perspective
Walter Cruickshank, Acting Director—BOEM
Developer's Perspective
Jeff Grybowski, CEO – Deepwater Wind
NGO Perspective: Critical Partnerships for Building a Successful US OSW Industry
Collin O’Mara, President and CEO – National Wildlife Federation
Forrestal Ballroom
9:50–10:25 Networking Break with Exhibitors

WindMatch Session VISponsored by Hobbs and Towne

WHAT'S NEW AND SPINNING: Icebreaker Windpower Lorry Wagner, LEEDCO
Addresses developing a local supply chain for Icebreaker and the lessons learned that could be used by other project developers. Our goal is to develop a supply chain that includes MBE/FBE/SBE opportunities.
Exhibit Hall

Village Square

Forrestal Ballroom
10:30am Introduction
Thomas Brostrøm, President – Ørsted North America
Forrestal Ballroom
10:40-11:45am The Big Shift: Thought Leader Plenary Forrestal Ballroom
Moderator: Karl-Erik Stromsta, North American Editor – Recharge
The global energy system is on the brink of a transition of scale not seen since industrialization. Naturally, many questions remain unanswered as to how this revolution will take place. This is true too for the emerging US offshore market: How will the energy transition impact the delivery of its forecast 5.4GW construction pipeline? Which companies will lead, which will follow, and what role will local supply chains play? How large will the shifts be and how long will they last? Can the industry go beyond the low cost of energy prices to bring added value in developing technologies for storage, desalination, hydrogen? How many jobs can offshore wind create in the US? We are fortunate to be able to bring a group of world leaders together for a thought-provoking discussion on how the members of the US offshore wind sector will navigate the energy transition.
11:45am-1:00pm NETWORKING LUNCH WITH EXHIBITORS Prefunction Space
11:45-12:15m WindMatch Session VIISponsored by Hobbs and Towne

WHAT'S NEW & SPINNING: Julia Bovey, Director of External Affairs – Statoil
Village Square

Forrestal Ballroom
12:20pm Introduction of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy
Frank Spencer, 2nd General VP – United Brotherhood of Carpenters
Forrestal Ballroom
12:20–12:50pm Keynote Speaker: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Forrestal Ballroom
1:00pm-2:15pm PANEL SESSION I
Future Proofing: Logistics and Port Infrastructure
Moderator: Jay Borkland – Ramboll Corporation & Tufts University
Track: Above the Water - Salon D
The Dual Infrastructure Conundrum: "Bigger is Better" and "The Infrastructure wil Adapt to Industry Needs"......are two assumptions that represent a challenge for OSW in the US. Can the US infrastructure develop fast enough to be ready for offshore wind? As it develops, can it be made to be resilient and flexible enough to adapt to changing conditions? There is no question anymore: offshore wind is moving into the US, and machines are getting larger and more powerful. Simultaneously, the related components are growing in size, weight, and complexity. Logistics technology development and innovation is part of the solution.
Balancing Aviation Safety and Nighttime Visual Impacts
Moderator: Todd Sumner–Law Office of Todd Sumner
Track: Inside the Lines - Nassau
Coastal communities have identified potential visual impacts as a major concern with offshore wind development. Under its National Environmental Policy Act and other legal responsibilities, BOEM assesses the visual impacts potentially caused by the safety lighting of wind facilities as part of its approval process. To better inform options for balancing safety and visual impacts, this panel will identify concerns with offshore wind turbines, bring in the perspective of agencies worried about light pollution, and environmental monitoring, and discuss potential mitigation options, such as auto-detection of aircraft. Additionally, BOEM will guide a Q&A to discuss lessons learned from European developers, lighting vendors, and entities working on best practices related to lighting and marking of offshore structures and visual impact assessments.
Achieving Cost-Competitive Floating Turbines
Moderator: Garrett Barter, Wind Analyst – NREL
Track: It's All Relevant - Fountain View
This session presents a vision to reduce the overall cost of floating offshore wind energy plants to reach cost competitive with fixed-bottom plants. The emphasis is on the fundamental design methods and integration of innovative concepts and systems that may uniquely lead to lower capital costs, lower operational costs and robust energy generation for floating systems. Speaker topics include turbine engineering, substructure engineering, and the balance of plant (manufacturing, assembly, installation, and operations & maintenance) to give a holistic view of the cost balance sheet.
US LCOE: Opportunities & Challenges
Moderator: Dr. Alan Lowdon, Chair of Advisory Board & Visiting Professor-Durham University, UK
Track: #offshorewindus - Middlesex
The panel will explore the opportunity for the emerging US offshore wind industry to make its own unique contribution to reducing LCOE. The session will look at the opportunity presented to the US to scale up its industry against a backdrop of tumbling costs and strike prices. A key discussion will be the quick adoption of innovative, state-of-the-art technologies without the entrenchment often encountered in Europe as a result of historic sunk costs. The workshop is geared towards catalyzing new thinking.
Offshore Wind O&M: Common Risks and How to Manage Them
Moderator: Joel Whitman, Director Cable Installation & Maintenance - Aeolus Energy Group Inc.
Track: Off to Work - Terrace View
Although new in the US, offshore wind farms have been in operation for well over a decade elsewhere in the world. This experience has exposed a number of risks that are common in every OSW installation. A good example is the dramatic difference between O&M above the waterline (turbines, substations and towers) verses below the waterline (foundations, cables and seabed). Another example is the nature of contracting for O&M for different components of the offshore wind farm and managing alignment between these contracts to ensure timely and high quality repairs and maintenance.Managing detail around these unique types of risk allow the wind farm to keep producing electricity, and the corresponding return on investment, for decades to come.
2:30–3:30pm PANEL SESSION 2
Industrializing Offshore Wind With In-Port Assembly
Moderator: Dr. Willett Kempton, Professor–University of Delaware–School of Marine Science and Policy
Track: Above the Water - Salon D
Through US DOE funding, a lower cost, rapid, and scalable method for installing offshore wind turbines has been developed. This new approach can be used in the US for the next generation of projects, resulting in lower cost of energy. Developers, contractors, and supply chain companies will leave the session with an understanding of the methods and options for further exploration of this approach.
Preparing to Construct Offshore Wind Farms: Understanding and Using the Project Design Envelope
Moderator: Pernille Hermansen, Permitting Project Manager–Ørsted
Track: Inside the Lines - Nassau
Examining the future role of the Project Design Envelope for US offshore wind construction and operation plans. This session will provide greater clarity about defining the Design Envelope and how it has been used in Europe. An outline will be provided of the consideration in adapting European best practices to incorporate environmental as well as technical parameters suitable for the US offshore wind industry. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will report on the progress of its draft guidelines. A US developer will comment on how the PDE has impacted its COP submission. Finally, BOEM will examine ways in which industry may respond to the guidelines.
Offshore Wind Energy Hydrogen Production, Grid Balancing and Decarbonization
Moderator: Bryan S. Pivovar, PhD, Group Manager/H2@Scale Lead – National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Track: It's All Relevant - Fountain View
The mismatch between wind energy supply and consumer electricity demand results in curtailment: the loss of energy that otherwise could be usefully sent to the electric grid. There are at least two strategies for addressing this challenge: electric battery storage and hydrogen production. While onshore battery storage can be implemented now, renewable hydrogen production by water electrolysis is a strategic solution. In addition to electric grid balancing, hydrogen is a value-added commodity in the transportation, industrial and stationary power sectors. Learn how these two technologies will shape offshore wind in the next decade.
Project Data: Valuable Asset or Unmanaged Risk?
Moderator: Joel Whitman, Director, Cable Installation & Maintenance – Aeolus Energy Group Inc.
Track: #offshorewindus - Middlesex
An offshore wind project developer will spend tens of millions to acquire data just to get permits. With so much of an offshore wind project being underwater, the construction data may be the only thing to tell you what was actually built. It is the analytical use of operational data that will keep a wind farm spinning out electricity for twenty years in an efficient and profitable way. This panel will review emerging practices and tools that use your data to minimize risk and better inform decision-making at the design, construction and operation phases of a project.
Operating an Offshore Wind Farm
Moderator: Graham Howe, Sales Manager-SeaRoc
Track: Off to Work - Terrace View
Now that offshore wind is fast becoming a reality in the US, the market needs to understand the work that needs to be undertaken to manage an operating farm. This panel will bring expertise from both Europe and the US to brief attendees on the practical requirements of running a live wind farm in terms of infrastructure and logistics in order to ensure that projects are run safely, efficiently and profitably. The panel will focus on the personnel, software and assets required for construction and O&M support.
3:45–5:00pm PANEL SESSION 3
Technical & Strategic Perspectives on Installation of US Offshore Wind Turbines
Moderator: Kevin Pearce, Grid Access, Business Development – Siemens Energy Management
Track: Above the Water - Salon D
The availability of suitable Wind Turbine Installation Vessels (WTIVs) is a key consideration in the development of offshore wind worldwide. Developers of offshore wind in the US need to address specific considerations such as: Jones Act, port restrictions, supply chain limitations, optimum turbine sizes, water depths, and environmental conditions. The absence of a stable and sizable market together with such specific considerations poses a barrier for interested entrants to make the required investment in a Jones Act compliant WTIV.
Transitioning O&G Advances to Offshore Wind Operations and Inspections
Moderator: Andy Geissbuehler, Managing Partner-Renewable Resources International LLC
Track: #offshorewindus - Middlesex
Autonomous Marine Vehicles have been successfully used as a reliable and cost effective platform in the oil and gas industry to provide data and confront challenges. The audience will become more familiar with advanced technologies including Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASVs), tethered Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles (ROVs), and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and the advantages they pose (reduced HS&E risk, cost savings, efficiency and consistency in gathering data, etc.); and the transformative nature of digitization-from the 4G connectivity supporting operations to the data management systems required to house information related to an entire farm or global asset catalog. An insight into key client case studies and results based on those technical applications will be shared.
Southern Winds
Moderator: Rebecca Green–BOEM GOM
Track: It's All Relevant - Fountain View
The opportunity for offshore wind exists in the southern states. Effective structural designs for hurricane-prone regions are being addressed with applied research, modeling of hurricane characteristics, predictive modeling, Wall of Wind test facilities and structural design engineering expertise gained from the oil and gas industry and used for OSW. This session brings forward the best assessment of how to open up southern OSW markets with hurricane resistant structures. Don’t let this session blow by you!
Worker Training: What is Needed?
Moderator: Paul Vigeant–New Bedford Wind Energy Center
Track: Off to Work - Terrace View
Much has been made about the jobs that offshore wind will bring to the regions who develop projects. Many of these jobs will involve working in a marine setting. In order to ensure these jobs do arrive on US shores as soon as possible, American workers will need to be trained for specific commercial roles AND how to work in a marine setting safely. Although specific commercial certifications may change slightly from state to state and project to project, there are very clear standards, best practices and programs that have been established in the European market. This session will discuss these standards, how they might be adapted to the US market as well as ways the US offshore wind market can maximize the number of trained and certified US citizens working on projects.
Learning by Doing (Innovate UK and NOF Energy)
Moderator: Dr. Alan Lowdon, Board Director of NOF Energy
Track: Inside the Lines - Nassau
The session is to illustrate how ideas for advancing offshore wind may originate from almost anywhere but the solutions could very well lie in unrelated industries such as aerospace or oil and gas. The panel will discuss, with examples, how the UK industry and government are working together in exploring the innovative thinking for services and products that can maximize public funding for bringing commercially viable changes to the offshore wind industry.
5:15-5:45pm WindMatch Session VIIISponsored by Hobbs and Towne Village Square
US Offshore Wind Standards Update: Walt Musial – NREL Forrestal Ballroom
5:15-6:30pm Exhibit Networking Reception - Sponsored by Seaway Heavy Lifting Exhibit Hall

Thursday, April 5

8:00am-5:00pm Registration open Hotel Lobby
8:00am Breakfast / Exhibits Forrestal Ballroom
8:00-8:30am WindMatch Session IXSponsored by Hobbs and Towne Village Square
WHAT'S NEW & SPINNING: Clint Plummer, VP of Development – Deepwater Wind Forrestal Ballroom
8:30–9:30am Breakfast Briefings
The One-Stop Shop Principle: Effects, Results and Learnings:
Breakfast for Regulators, Developers, Industry Consultants and Investors
Terrace View (Click for description)
The permit and tendering phase influences the cost of offshore wind development and deployment timelines. The Danish Energy Agency has extensive experience in effective and open procedures for permitting and tendering. Based on experience, Denmark has create a one-stop shop for offshore wind development. This breakfast will focus on results and lessons from the Danish one-stop shop concept, giving regulators, developers, industry consultants and investors an opportunity to discuss how US states could approach permitting and pre-tender dialogues with the industry. Participants will gain insight into international best practice including effective and inclusive procedures, and can evaluate the applicability of European experiences, potential benefits and local challenges.
State Activities for Workforce and Supply Chain Development: Breakfast for Tier 1, 2 and 3 Suppliers
Moderator: Val Stori, Offshore Wind Project Director
Salon E (Click for description)
States in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions have put in place tangible state policies to support offshore wind development. A pipeline of offshore wind demand is emerging of sufficient scale to drive workforce and supply chain investments in the states. During this panel discussion, representatives from states at the forefront of offshore wind advancement will update attendees on actions that states and project developers are taking to bring skilled workers and supply chain investments to their states and quantify the expected impacts of such investments.
POWER-US Technical Research: Breakfast Briefing for Academics and Industry
Salon D (Click for description)
The Partnership for Offshore Wind Energy Research (POWER US) is building a network of world class universities, research institutions and National Laboratories from across the US. Over the past 18 months, POWER US has worked closely with government and industry leaders globally to refine the offshore wind industry’s most pressing technical questions and understand its deepest long-term challenges; focusing on the unique features of the American development context. This presentation will review key findings and propose a multi-sector collaborative approach to organizing research assets and driving innovation in a way that addresses the needs of industry and the public interest.
9:45-11:00am PANEL SESSION 4
The CVA Review: A Discussion of the Scope and Nomination Process
Track: Inside the Lines
A project’s Certified Verification Agent (CVA) carries significant technical influence throughout the design, fabrication and installation phases of offshore wind farm development. However, in federal waters, the role is largely untested beyond the design phase. As the first several commercial-scale projects advance towards CVA nomination, and, in parallel, the Industry works to refine recommended certification practices, the scope, schedule, and commercial implications of the CVA role are actively being defined. On this panel BOEM and industry representatives will discuss the CVA nomination and approval processes, key technical areas subject to review, and expectations for the evolution of the role.

Commercial Fishing and Offshore Wind
Moderator: Kris Ohleth – Ørsted
Track: #offshorewindus
The interaction between offshore wind and commercial fishing has proven challenging. However, these two industries are vital to our nation’s economy and we have seen them coexist in Europe and at the Block Island Wind Farm. In this session we explore what practices may work best to advance both industries in a way that is respectful of the historic use of commercial fishing, as well as the new use of offshore wind.

Offshore Wind H&S Guidance
Moderator: Cheri Hunter, Renewable Energy Program Coordinator, BSEE-US Department of the Interior
Track: It's All Relevant
Offshore wind construction and operation activities can present significant health, safety, and environmental risks. As the US offshore wind industry sector strengthens, the industry has a growing responsibility to ensure these risks are well-understood and appropriately managed. Best management practices can be applied from the offshore oil and gas industry as well as from the international experience with offshore wind; however, the US Outer Continental Shelf poses unique meteorological, ocean, and seafloor conditions that warrant additional consideration of how to best manage hazards. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, and federal partners such as the US Coast Guard will work with industry and other stakeholders to drive health and safety performance excellence through enhanced understanding of the relevant risks and mitigation strategies. The panel will discuss existing safety and management requirements for US offshore wind projects, as well as current efforts to better understand offshore wind health, safety, and environmental risks.

Boulders and Other Bad Actors…Managing Subsea Risk
Moderator: Matthew Palmer, Vice President and Offshore Wind Manager at WSP
Track: Below the Water
Boulders have been identified as a risk facing monopile foundation installation on the East Coast. Other subsurface risks exist as well. This panel will go through the phases of development of subsurface data: geotechnical and geophysical surveys; foundation engineering; specialized site analysis; and installation, and examine mitigation methods for subsurface risk at each phase. The panelists have specific expertise in US waters in each phase. Workshop attendees will leave with a greater understanding of challenges subsurface conditions present and the methods available to mitigate those risks.
US as the Next Big Offshore Market. What Will It Take? (MHI Vestas)
Moderator: Karl-Erik Stromsta, North American Editor-ReCharge
Track: Above the Water

Based on the Thought Leadership Plenary from Day one, this session will deep dive into how the US can become the next big offshore market. What are the challenges and the possibilities for developers, investors and the supply chain? How do we ensure a stable and visible build-out up the East-Coast? Can offshore wind in the US act as a unified, single market? Or will parochial state interests influence it’s uptake? How can the US benefit from the lessons learned in Europe from strategic alliances like the North Seas alliance?
Innovation in Offshore Wind Foundation and Substation Technology: 'The Sky is the Limit!'
Moderator: Ting Sie Chui, Technical Director–COWI
Track: Back to School
Learn the latest innovation from leading experts in Europe as they share valuable hands-on experience. Case study information on broad aspects of design, installation and materials. The goal is to assist US suppliers by matching innovative solutions to overcome industry challenges as observed worldwide.
11:15-12:15pm PANEL SESSION 5
Offshore Resource and Wind Farm Characterization
Moderator: Dr. Charles Meneveau, Louis M. Sardella Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Associate Director–Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science–Johns Hopkins University
Track: Back to School
This session showcases ongoing research in offshore resource characterization in academic and national lab environments. It will also explore and outline the challenges in the fundamental understanding of the offshore wind resource structure and properties.
The Role of Lenders’ Representatives and Understanding Risk Within the Offshore Wind Industry
Moderator: Christine Brozynski, Senior Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Track: It's All Relevant
The US market is characterized by using innovation to address the lack of port infrastructure and vessels coupled with local supply chain requirements. Through real feedback of lenders and their representatives, understanding what it takes to finance innovation in offshore wind will help shape future US projects. The objective of the workshop is to understand how to work with the lenders’ representatives to help make banks and insurance companies more comfortable adopting innovation. The session helps supply chain companies better understand the issues developers face when obtaining project financing and insurance and the requirements they need to meet when offering innovation as a solution in a OSW project development phase.
Industry Perspectives on a Coordinated OSW Pipeline and Supply Chain
Moderator: Jay Borkland – Ramboll Engineering
Track: Above the Water
The US offshore wind market has been altered significantly. By Spring 2018, the US will have more than 1 GW of offshore wind approved and financed. While this activity is remarkable, it presents new challenges and specific challenges. Offshore wind is no longer a dream along the North East, but a reality. This session provides industry perspectives on the need to unify the east coast offshore wind activities and to coordinate the existing contributors to the US supply chain with an approach wherein the NE and mid-Atlantic are not competing but rather eliminating duplication and redundancy of investments requirements, sequencing projects and assets, and creating a pipeline that can support 96,000 jobs across the East Coast—enough for everyone.
Strategies for Addressing Wildlife in Offshore Wind Siting and Permitting
Moderator: Catherine Bowes, Program Director, Offshore Wind Energy-National Wildlife Federation
Track: Below the Water
This panel will discuss strategies for successful siting and permitting of offshore wind projects in U.S. waters relative to wildlife impacts and regulatory expectations. Ecology & Environment, Inc. will provide information about marine mammal issues and recommendations for successful permitting, including noise and implications of NOAA acoustic guidance. NRDC will describe available data and how it can be used to inform siting and impact assessment. Orsted and Deepwater Wind will discuss lessons learned about mitigation, monitoring, and science programs for environmental compliance and successful offshore wind developement.
12:15–1:45pm Lunch & Learn Forrestal Ballroom

Offshore Wind Innovation: Using the UK Experience to Develop the US Market.
Innovate UK – Salon D (Click to see description)
The UK has the largest number of turbines deployed in the world along with the associated wealth of experience. As the country continues to embrace offshore wind generated electricity into its national energy mix, it is taking a leadership role in combining innovation with the evolving technology to optimize efficiency and to lower costs. Meet some of the innovative UK businesses including the UK SMEs, that are helping deliver lower cost offshore wind, many of which could contribute to the development of the U.S offshore wind market.

What If Your Turbine Blades Just Worked Better?
Meggitt – Terrace View (Click to see description and speakers)
Join Meggitt for lunch and learn how transferring years of composite know-how for the US Department of Defense combined with innovative R&D can make turbines just work better.

Meggitt has partnered with XPEED Turbine Technology (XTT) to industrialize the AFD Blade Technology Retrofit Kit that improves Annual Energy Production (AEP) by 2-4% while it reduces Levelized Cost of Energy up to 3%.

• Customized fiberglass kits to retrofit any turbine blade
• Takes advantage of low-mid wind speeds (high demand periods)
• Initially developed at Rutgers University
• Average Wind Farm ROI of 2.3 years
• Deflectors installed with minimum down time

Speakers include Dr. Arturo Villegas and Don Hairston.

Don’t miss learning about this revolutionary innovation.

New Jersey 1: The New Atlantic City Demonstration Project – Helping New Jersey Achieve Its Goals
Fishermen’s Energy – Nassau (Click to see description)
Fishermen’s Energy executives will provide an update on the project and host a panel of stakeholders that will illustrate the value of building the 24 MW Atlantic City project as a small step that New Jersey can take now to make future commercial scale projects most cost e ective. Learn about how the project can prepare New Jersey labor to handle large scale implementation and the value of refining regulatory protocols to eliminate risk premiums.

Maryland Offshore Wind Developments: State Activities, Opportunities, and Resources
Maryland Energy Administration – Salon E (Click to see description and speakers)
The panel of Maryland representatives will discuss State activities in support of the offshore wind industry and business supply chain. In May 2017, Maryland became the leading offshore wind State with the approval of 368 MW of capacity. Learn about the policy and regulatory drivers that led to this significant approval. In addition, the panel will discuss State efforts and resources available to prepare the offshore wind business supply chain and workforce development.

DEVON DODSON Senior Energy Advisor–Maryland Dept. of Environment (MDE)
SAMUEL BEIRNE Wind Energy Program Manager–Maryland Energy Administration (MEA)
KRIS SHOCK Senior Director, OSIE – Maryland Dept. of Commerce
CHRIS MACLARION Director – Dept. of Labor, Licensing, & Regulation (DLLR)

1:15–1:45pm WindMatch Session X – Sponsored by Hobbs and Towne Village Square
What's New & Spinning: New England Aqua Ventus I, Habib Dagher
The project has received $40M from the US Department of Energy Offshore Wind Advanced Technology Demonstration Program towards construction and is expected to reach financial close in 2018. The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has reviewed the design and determined that it meets its guidelines for floating wind turbines. The panel will provide an overview of the multi-contracting plan for the project, its design and construction, and will describe several opportunities for contractor engagement in 2018.
Fountain View
2:00–3:15pm PANEL SESSION 6
Subsea Cable Risk
Moderator: Henrik Bang-Andreasen, CEO and Founder – Seaproof Solutions
Track: Below the Water
In 2015, +40% of all OSW insurance claims were cable related; 82% of the cost are cable failure related. The workshop will give a short history of the lessons learned (or not learned) in Europe on cable installation and protection. It will then discuss the experiences gained from the Block Island project. By melding European and US experiences, the session will provide participants with recommendations and strategies for mitigating problems and decreasing risk in future US OSW development.
Offshore Wind and the Public Message: What We Have Said and What Needs to Be Said
Moderator: Ross Tyler–Business Network for Offshore Wind
Track: It's All Relevant
Social issues are likely as important as technical and environmental factors, but are often given less attention at conferences. The workshop will consist of a series of short presentations on social science research undertaken at the Americas' first offshore wind power project, research from Europe and developer strategies. The goal of the workshop is to inform the participants of public concerns so they can better understand the importance of matching the message content to project phases structure and informed decisions.
Using Science to Inform Offshore Wind Development Decisions: What Have We Learned Thus Far?
Moderator: Mary Boatman, Environmental Studies Chief, Office of Renewable Energy Programs, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Track: Inside the Lines
The installation of the first offshore wind facility in the United States provides an opportunity to learn about the environmental consequences of offshore development. Additionally, states and Federal agencies have partnered to collect baseline information about the wind energy areas prior to construction. This session addresses the following questions:

1. What have we learned from the Block Island Wind Farm research?
2. What relevant information do we know about existing wind energy areas?
3. How do we apply what we have learned to future development?
Research Session on Aeromechanics and Platforms
Moderator: Dr. James Baeder–University of Maryland
Track: Back to School
This session showcases ongoing research in aerodynamics of offshore wind turbines, mechanical properties, flow structure interaction and mechanical properties of various platforms, including floating wind turbines. Challenges in fundamental understanding and new prediction tools are highlighted.
Firming the Offshore Wind Power Supply Using Battery Storage
Moderator: Bruce Bailey, Senior Advisor, Energy and Power Technologies Division-UL LLC
Track: Above the Water
As the penetration of renewable energy grows rapidly including large scale battery storage into offshore wind project designs become more attractive and enhances the value proposition of offshore wind to utility customers. This session highlights the industry's most up to date thinking on this topic by bringing together leading developers to discuss this growing opportunity.
The Invaluable Interaction Between Virtual and Physical Observations
Moderator: Dr. Frank Thomsen, Senior Scientist – DHI Group
Track: #offshorewindus
Today, designers of modern offshore wind farm infrastructures have easy access to accurate and reliable long-term (typically 30-40 years) high-resolution metocean data (in space and time) enabling cost-efficient design and operation. Data is based on hindcast modelling (or virtual observations) using recognized numerical models for the atmosphere and water, and validated against site-specific measurements and remote sensed data. This is best practice for establishing robust and certifiable environmental design basis. In this WS, we will review new ways of analysing and presenting metocean data based con long-term experiences from Europe and other areas.
WindMatch Session XI – Sponsored by Hobbs and TowneVillage Square
WHAT'S NEW & SPINNING: Francesco S. Onorio, Executive Program Manager–US Wind
Addresses the major milestones achieved by US Wind on the Maryland Project and an overview on the OREC process, discussing about the challenges given by creating a local offshore wind industry.

The session will provide information on the impact of the project in terms of investments and local jobs, the MBE Program, the potential revival of the glorious days of Bethlehem Steel at Sparrows Point, and potential similarities between the port facilities in Baltimore and the Port of Esbjerg in Denmark.
Forrestal-Salon D
4:00–5:00pm PANEL SESSION 7
Friends of Floating: The Road to Commercialization
Moderator: Una Brosnan, Business and Strategic Development Manager–Atkins Global
Track: Above the Water
Floating wind is successfully navigating the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) index and currently its status level globally stands at CRI 2 “Commercial Trial;” however, with technologies being demonstrated and/or on the cusp of being deployed in Europe, the US and Japan, the industry is making inroads along the TRL scale and is now shifting its focus on how we can most successfully commercialize floating wind. There are lessons to be learned from its fixed bottom counterpart, with respect to cost reduction, coupled with a number of technical and commercial hurdles to address if it is to successfully compete on a commercial parity with fixed offshore wind.
Innovations in Offshore Wind O&M for Safer, Cheaper, and More Reliable Operations
Moderator: Michael Drunsic, Offshore Commercial Lead, DNV GL
Track: Below the Water
"Operations and maintenance" represents a significant cost for offshore wind projects and, thus, a significant opportunity for cost reduction. Additionally, as offshore wind projects move further from shore and into areas with harsher conditions, accessibility and safety becomes an increasing concern during operations. The panel will present the latest trends in O&M that are driving costs down while supporting smarter and safer operations. This includes novel access solutions and strategies considering the latest crew transfer vessel technology, helicopters, and Service Operation Vessels (SOVs), as well as technologies that support remote monitoring, inspection, and operations.
The First Round of US Offshore Wind Projects and Understanding Critical Permitting and Consent Issues
Moderator: Thomas Newcomb, Senior Consultant–Ramboll
Track: Inside the Linesst
The workshop will address key regulatory and permitting issues in the context of the first round of US offshore wind project development. The workshop will provide an overview of the current status of offshore wind project permitting in the US and drill down on a few key regulatory issues. Expert presenters will cover issues including marine archeology resources assessment, lessons learned related to biological survey guidance and the complexities of permitting as it pertains to federal, state and local requirements.
There is Still a LOT to Do in MetOcean Observation: The Case for Continued Monitoring and Need for Innovation
Moderator: Anthony Kirincich–WHOI, POWER-US
Track: It's All Relevant
Met-Ocean data is still a critical need for offshore wind in the US Several platforms exist in US waters and are generating data, but none are designed with offshore wind in mind; others are being proposed. Even with floating LIDAR systems moving closer to accepted practice in site characterization, there remains a critical need for fixed Met-Ocean Observation platforms. This session will establish that need and review design criteria of Met-Ocean platforms in relation to turbine and wind farm construction, advanced research on atmospheric boundary layer structure, advanced sensor testing, and understanding the potential implications of extreme events.
4:30pm Poster Session Terrace View
WindMatch Session XII – Sponsored by Hobbs and Towne Village Square
WHAT'S NEW & SPINNING: Alejandro De Hoz – Avangrid Forrestal Ballroom
5:30-6:30pm Poster and Exhibit Receptions Thank you to Johns Hopkins and UMBC Exhibit Hall & Terrace View Salon
9:30-11:30pm Scotch & Cigars Reception – Sponsored by Alpine Ocean Seismic Survey & Cathie Associates Terrace View

Friday, April 6

8:00-10:00am Registration open Hotel Lobby
8:00-8:25am WHAT'S NEW AND SPINNING Elisabeth-Anne Treseder, Senior Regulatory Advisor – Ørsted Forrestal Ballroom
8:30-1:00pm Exhibits open Exhibit Hall
8:45-9:30am US BOEM BREAKFAST BRIEFING: Atlantic Path Forward Forrestal Ballroom
Moderator: James Bennett: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Office of Renewable Energy Programs (OREP)
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With ideal conditions for wind energy development on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf, the offshore wind industry is on the cusp of major and sustained development activities on Federal leases extending from Massachusetts to North Carolina. BOEM has identified a path forward to meet the challenges associated with these opportunities. An overview of current Atlantic wind activities, priorities, and future prospects will be provided by BOEM's Renewable Energy Programs (OREP) Manager including efforts to promote stakeholder engagement and increase transparency on key BOEM priorities. OREP specialists will follow with brief discussions on reducing the regulatory burden through streamlining and ensuring consistency in our processes; strategic Atlantic planning and leasing for a growing industry; improving fisheries stakeholder engagement and collaboration strategies; and enhancing our environmental review procedures. The session will conclude with a stakeholder Q&A session.

• Regulatory Streamlining - Wright Frank, Senior Policy Advisor - BOEM OREP
• Atlantic Leasing - Jeffrey Browning, Project Coordinator - BOEM OREP
• Commercial Fisheries - Brian Hooker, Marine Biologist - BOEM OREP
• Environmental Review - Michelle Morin, Chief, Environment Branch - BOEM OREP
9:30–10:15am Offshore Wind in New Jersey
Tammy Murphy, First Lady of New Jersey (invited)
Introduced by Jay Borkland – Ramboll
Joseph Fiordaliso, President – New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Introduced by Julia Bovey – Statoil
Forrestal Ballroom
10:20-11:00am IDEAS WORTH SHARING Forrestal Ballroom
Lowering the Levelized Cost of Energy By Means of Efficient Industrialization of the Offshore Blade Supply Chain
Alex Grinfeder, Sr Sales Manager, Sales and Marketing Americas–LM Wind Power (Click to see description)
This session gives insight into LM Wind Power's unique way of combining incremental development steps with leap-frog developments for offshore blades. This approach ensures that new blade design building blocks will not make the global production process and set-up obsolete overnight. At the same time, the presentation will demonstrate how a broad customer portfolio can benefit from such developments, by providing the freedom to put even more challenging product requirements on the table.

Smart Approach to Offshore Transmission Networks
Markian Melnyk, President – Atlantic Wind Connection (Click to see description)
Explores the benefits to ratepayers and wind project developers of a planned approach to offshore transmission. Lower costs, greater resiliency and reliability, and more predictability would follow from better offshore grid planning. Laying the transmission foundation now for a robust US offshore wind industry will prevent costly delays down the road.

Back to the Future? Who Will be Working in the Offshore Wind Industry in 2030 and What Capabilities Will They Need?
John Weir, Aura, Research and Development – Hull University (Click to see description)
The UK offshore wind industry is leading the world in technological advances. The pace of change is unprecedented. Turbines are getting bigger and bigger in the race to feed a power hungry nation with cheaper and greener energy. What are the predictions for the offshore wind industry workforce and what skills will they need to operate and maintain mega farms? Recent indications are that the early workforce planning models may not apply.
11:00-11:50am Around the World: The Global Offshore Wind Market - Sponsored by MHI Vestas Forrestal Ballroom
Moderator: Adam Thomsen, US Market Lead-MHI Vestas Offshore Wind (Click to see description)
Jules Verne’s classic book, ‘Around the World in 80 days’ is set in the year 1872, and the main character Mr. Phileas Fogg is leading his usual quiet life in London with daily activities carried out the same way year after year.

In many ways this resembles the traditional fossil fuel electricity markets of the 1900’s. However, Mr Fogg surprises his friends when he makes a bet that he can travel round the world in eighty days. His adventures are thwarted with transport problems and delays…again resembling the early history of the offshore wind industry.

Today, the offshore wind industry is emerging not state by state nor nation by nation but as a global industry. This session will take us all around the world in approximately 50 minutes where the panelists will provide insights into the different aspirations and perhaps some of the common challenges shared in different offshore wind geographies in order to highlight the emerging global offshore wind supply chain opportunities.
12:00pm United States: All of the Above Energy: U.S. Offshore Wind Initiatives
Secretary Ryan Zinke, US Department of the Interior (Invited)
Forrestal Ballroom
12:30pm Closing Remarks
Alicia Barton, President & CEO – New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
Forrestal Ballroom