2017 California Offshore Wind Industry Symposium:
Perspectives & Needs

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 8:00am-5:30pm
Tsakopoulos Library Gallery, Sacramento, California

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This symposium, hosted by the Business Network for Offshore Wind and the Pacific Ocean Energy Trust, brings together key participants from California to discuss the opportunity that offshore wind presents to the state, the challenges that face this new opportunity, and a plan to realize the opportunity. The 2017 California Wind Symposium will provide a forum to discuss the status of offshore wind, the priorities and needs of the development community, as well as the priorities and needs of the state and primary stakeholders.

Please R.S.V.P. to attend this event.


Registration and Continental Networking Breakfast

Introduction and Welcome – Liz Burdock, Business Network for Offshore Wind and Jason Busch, Pacific Ocean Energy Trust

Purpose of Symposium and Global Status of OSW
Kevin Banister, Principle Power

State and Federal Perspectives on California’s Plan for Offshore Wind Energy
Commissioner Karen Douglas, California Energy Commission and Joan Barminski, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

The Opportunities of Floating Wind: Cost Reduction, Supply Chain, and Port Infrastructure
  • Global Cost Reductions In OSW & How This Affects the U.S. Market
    Jason Folsom, Commercial Head of Offshore Wind, Americas Region, Siemens
  • Offshore Wind Workforce: Experiences from Block Island
    Robert Laufenberg, International Representative at the United Brotherhood of Carpenters
  • Port Infrastructure Needs To Support Floating OSW Facilities On The Pacific West Coast
    Aaron Porter, Coastal Engineer at Mott MacDonald
The Priorities of the Floating Offshore Wind Industry
  • Global Cost Reductions: How the Price of OSW is Being Driven Down and the Outlook for Floating Wind
    Thomas Brøstrom, Dong Energy
  • Floating Foundations: Opening Up Deeper Waters In the U.S.
    Knut M. Aanstad, Head of Business Development, Renewable Energy at Statoil
  • Status Update on the Windfloat Project
    Joao Metelo, Principal Power
  • The Road to Cost Effective Offshore Wind, Fixed and Floating
    Cian Conroy, Catapult
Working Lunch

Why Do Offshore Wind in California?
Alla Weinstein, Trident Wind

Supporting State Policies for Offshore Wind
Jeff Kehne, Magellan Wind

Potential Offshore Wind Energy Areas in California: An Assessment of Locations, Technology, and Costs
Walt Musial, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Europe’s Experience with Offshore Wind and its Lessons for the United States
Frank Thomsen, DHI
Standards for environmental impact assessment for offshore wind farms: overview of EIA work required in the EU and areas of special significance

Innovation in Addressing Environmental Concerns in Offshore Wind
This panel discusses developments in the science and technology of addressing key environmental concerns related to offshore wind. These leaders in the scientific community will discuss the latest data and methodologies used worldwide to assess the relationship between environmental stressors and receptors.
Moderator: Francine Kershaw, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Floating Lidar: Resource Characterization, Wind and Marine Life Data Collection
    William Shaw, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Marine Mammal And Protected Species Environmental Assessment and Mitigation To Inform the Permitting Process
    Sarah Courbis, Environmental Specialist, Ecology and Environment
  • How To Manage Adverse Impacts Including Noise Mitigation
    Erik Kalapinski, Principal Acoustic Consultant, Tetra Tech
  • Pelagic Sea Birds
    David Ainely, HT Harvey and Associates

Open Q&A with Industry Representatives
Facilitator: Anna West, Kearns & West
  • Statoil – Knut Aanstad
  • Principle – Joao Motelo
  • Trident – Alla Weinstein
  • Magellan – Jim Lanard
  • Dong Energy – Thomas Brostrøm
Networking Happy Hour



The offshore wind resources of California, and much of the west coast, are world class. While Europe already has over 10 gigawatts of offshore wind online, the United States is just beginning its journey; but we benefit from the experiences, knowledge and lowered costs from that European history. Because of the steep Pacific Ocean shelf, wind projects off the west coast will likely need to employ floating technologies, which allow for much larger wind turbines, and facilitate projects much further from shore; but they also cost more. Tapping this local renewable resource has the advantage of self-sufficiency and local generation, and allows California to maximize local economic development, while limiting the potential of brown power from outside the California Integrated System Operator (CAISO). Offshore wind, which is emission free, also can address the so-called ‘Duck Curve,’ provide increased capacity value and system resilience, avoid additional transmission costs and generate new economic activity and industrialization.

The State has already begun to consider the offshore wind opportunity, in part in response to Trident Wind’s 1 GW offshore wind project proposed off the Central California coast at Morro Bay. At the request of the state, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) recently initiated its BOEM Taskforce, and the California Energy Commission held a hearing on the topic of offshore wind earlier this year. BOEM also hosted the California Offshore Energy Conference in early November.


Planning for offshore renewable energy can be facilitated and expedited if California brings together the key groups essential to the short and long term success of offshore wind development. That includes the industry, utilities, environmental groups, labor, university partners, key elected officials, regulatory agencies, and essential planning bodies associated with ocean energy and renewable energy projects.

Pacific Ocean Energy Trust

POET is a 501(c)3 organization committed to the responsible development of marine renewable energy. Growing out of the Oregon Wave Energy Trust, POET brings ten years of experience working on issues relating to marine renewable energy development, with a special emphasis on policy and regulatory matters, better understanding of environmental effects of marine renewables, and stakeholder engagement.

Business Network for Offshore Wind

The Business Network for Offshore Wind is a 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to establishing a U.S. offshore wind supply chain. The network is focused on delivering education, creating partnerships and advancing the industry. All membership and event proceeds are turned right back into supporting the industry. Visit our website for more information: www.bizmdosw.org. Follow the Business Network for Offshore Wind on Twitter: @OffshoreWindUS



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828 I Street
Sacramento, California 95814

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