U.S.-EU Energy Council High-Level Business Forum on Offshore Wind Power

Jennifer Granholm
U.S. Secretary of Energy
Kadri Simson
European Union Commissioner for Energy

U.S. Secretary of Energy, Jennifer M. Granholm, and EU Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson, are pleased to announce that they will co-lead the 2022 U.S.-EU Energy Council High-Level Business Forum, which will focus on offshore wind energy. The High-Level Business Forum will be held in conjunction with the International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum (IPF) 2022, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on April 27.

The U.S.-EU Energy Council is the lead transatlantic coordination forum on strategic energy issues. As part of their respective climate change mitigation strategies, the United States (U.S.) and the European Union (EU) have both announced ambitious offshore wind power deployment goals for the year 2030: 30 GW in the U.S. and at least 60 GW in the EU.

The U.S.-EU Energy Council High-Level Business Forum will facilitate a discussion between U.S. and EU private sector and government leaders about policies needed to accelerate investment in offshore wind projects and the development of an offshore wind manufacturing base domestically as part of the global supply chain. The event will also facilitate business-to-business conversations between U.S. and EU companies about partnering in the development of offshore wind projects on both continents and globally.

AGENDA: APRIL 27, 2022

Master of Ceremonies

Giles Dickson
CEO, WindEurope
1:15 – 1:20 p.m. – Welcoming Remarks
Andrew Light
Assistant Secretary of Energy for International Affairs, Department of Energy
1:20 – 1:40 p.m. – Moderated Discussion with Secretary Granholm and Commissioner Simson

Secretary Granholm and Commissioner Simson will participate together in a moderated discussion.

Moderator: 

Liz Burdock, President & CEO, Business Network for Offshore Wind
Liz Burdock
President & CEO,
Business Network for Offshore Wind
1:40 – 2:00 – U.S. and European Commission High-Level Official Remarks
Amanda Lefton
Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
Ditte Juul Jørgensen
Director-General, Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER)
2:00 – 2:45 p.m. – U.S.-EU Panel 1:

Reaching America’s 30 GW by 2030 Offshore Wind Energy Goal: Perspectives from Investors
Moderator:

Alejandro Moreno
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power, Department of Energy

Panelists:

David Hardy
CEO, Ørsted Offshore North America
Tristan Grimbert
President & CEO, EDF Renewables
Robert Blue
CEO, Dominion Energy
Damian Bednarz
Managing Director, Attentive Energy
3:00 – 3:45 p.m. – U.S.-EU Panel 2:

Advantages for Building an Offshore Wind Manufacturing Base domestically as part of the Global Supply Chain
Moderator: 

Cristina Lobillo Borrero
Director, Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER)

Panelists:

Steve Dayney
Head of Offshore North America, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Inc.
Doreen Harris
President and CEO, New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA)
Tim Sullivan
CEO, New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)
Ketil Arvesen
Vice President, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier
4:00 – 4:45 p.m. – U.S.-EU Panel 3:

How U.S. – EU Commercial Partnerships Can Support the Development of Offshore Wind Projects Worldwide

Moderator: 

Dr. Monica Gorman
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing, Department of Commerce

Panelists:

Laura Beane
President, Vestas North America
Pedro Azagra Blázquez
Corporate Development Director, Iberdrola
Jan Kjaersgaard
CEO, Renewable Energy Offshore Wind Businesses, GE
Aaron Smith
CCO, Principle Power
4:45 – 5:00 p.m. – Closing Remarks
Kelly Speakes-Backman
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy
Ditte Juul Jørgensen
Director-General, Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER)
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Networking Reception

Sponsored by Ramboll and Boskalis Offshore Contracting, LLC
Exhibition Hall