"Offshore Wind Power Update – When Will We Benefit from this Green Resource?" - Sustainability Forum Luncheon, NSTC, Beverly, MA

  • 7 February 2018
  • Start time : 11:30 AM
  • End time : 01:00 PM
  • Event Host : North Shore Technology Council
  • Event Location : North Shore Technology Council, 100 Cummings Center, Suite 221-E, Beverly, MA, 01915, United States
Event Description

On August 8, 2016, Governor Baker made history by signing into law the nation’s largest commitment to offshore wind power. With America’s first five offshore wind turbines up and running in Rhode Island, New York on track to build fifteen more, contracts in place in Maryland, and New Jersey’s brand new governor holding a campaign pledge of more than double the Commonwealth’s commitment. Massachusetts remains the only state in the procurement stage of fulfilling a utility-scale requirement to this massive clean energy resource. The industry is certainly building momentum, but major questions are still to be answered:

-What is the most appropriate transmission strategy?
-Is it possible to protect wildlife and habitat while taking on such immense projects?
-Should states be coordinating rather than competing? Where will the turbines be built and which ports will deploy them?

The National Wildlife Federation’s Amber Hewett will dig into all of this and much more – leaving us with a big picture understanding of what needs to happen to start bringing the benefits of offshore wind power to the U.S., where challenges may arise, and why Massachusetts should already be thinking beyond its first 1,600 megawatts.

Online registration closes the day before this event at noon.

While walk ins are always welcomed, advance registration helps the Council in planning. The charge for all walk ins is $15. Thank you.

  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • North Shore Technology Council
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Amber Hewett, Campaign Manager, Offshore Wind Energy, National Wildlife Federation:

      Amber Hewett is NWF’s Offshore Wind Energy Campaign Manager. She started her career in NWF’s National Advocacy Center in Washington, DC before returning to her home state of Massachusetts to focus specifically on advocating for the responsible development of the nation’s largest untapped clean energy solution: offshore wind energy. Amber’s passion for sailing and her intrinsic love of the sea drive her to help realize effective climate policy that protects and celebrates our natural resources. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Earth Systems.
  • Event type
    • Meeting

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