The NJ Spotlight Roundtable Series: The Promise of Offshore Wind

The New Jersey coastline is being positioned as the future capital of offshore wind development on the Eastern seaboard. Both the state and the federal governments have come up with programs to encourage offshore wind development in New Jersey waters, with the state creating economic incentives that it hopes will create a new manufacturing base here in the Garden State. On February 17, NJ Spotlight brought together state officials with offshore wind developers to discuss the state of the industry here in New Jersey, the proposed incentives and regulations, as well as opportunities for potential new businesses.

Chapter 1: Introduction & Regulatory Panel Discussion
Regulators stress that regardless of size and scope, offshore wind projects must demonstrate a net economic benefit to customers if they are going to get the green light.

Panelists: Ken Sheehan, (General Counsel, BPU); Michele Siekerka (Assistant Commissioner Economic Growth and Green Energy, NJ DEP); Timothy Lizura, Senior Vice President, NJ EDA)

Chapter 2: Vendor Panel Discussion
Vendors emphasize that scaling up offshore wind projects to utility size is key to attracting manufacturers and green jobs to New Jersey.

Panelists: Rich Reno, General Manager Offshore Platforms, GE Energy; Rob Gibbs, Vice President, Garden State Offshore Energy; Robert L. Mitchell, Principal, Atlantic Wind Connection

Chapter 3: Moderator Q&A with Regulators and Vendors
NJ Spotlight energy editor Tom Johnson explores critical questions in offshore wind with the regulators and vendors who will make it happen.

Chapter 4: Audience Q&A
Attendees at the NJ Spotlight Roundtable make the most of their opportunity to discuss issues and raise questions one on one with leading vendors and key regulators.

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DVDs and digital downloads of the complete Offshore Wind roundtable, and the earlier Solar Energy roundtable, can be purchased through Professional Podcast.