Agenda

See what we've got planned for you. (As of January 12, 2018. Workshop dates and times subject to change.)

Monday, April 2 Pre-IPF Activities

3:00–5:00pm Registration open
5:00–7:00pm Network Member Reception
Business Network for Offshore Wind Members only

Tuesday, April 3

12:00–6:00pm Registration open
12:00–3:00pm Exhibitor setup
1:00–1:30pm WindMatch Session I—sponsored by Hobbs and Towne
1:45–2:15pm WindMatch Session II—sponsored by Hobbs and Towne
2:30–3:00pm WindMatch Session III—sponsored by Hobbs and Towne
3:15-3:45pm WindMatch Session IV—sponsored by Hobbs and Towne
3:30–5:00pm Exhibits open
4:00-5:30pm Briefing on Advanced Model Testing for U.S. Offshore Wind Innovation & Cost Reduction
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.
6:00–9:00pm Welcome Reception—Sponsored by Ørstead and WSP
Remarks by New Jersey Assemblyman Troy Singleton

Wednesday, April 4

7:30am–5:00pm Registration open
7:30am Breakfast / Exhibits Open
8:00–8:30am WindMatch Session V—Sponsored by Hobbs and Towne
8:30–9:15am Welcome to New Jersey
  • Governor-Elect Phil Murphy (Invited)
  • Senator Corey Booker (Invited)
  • NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney (Confirmed)
9:30–10:30am The Big Shift: Thought Leader Plenary
Moderator: Darius Snieckus, Editor-in-Chief, 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 U.S. 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? 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 U.S.? 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 U.S. offshore wind sector will navigate the energy transition.
Global Energy will set the stage for the energy transition—moving away from fossil fuel domination to an industry mixed with renewables.
The world’s largest developer of offshore wind will provide an overview of international trends and perspectives, explain how suppliers can adapt to market characteristics, how to innovate and lead through the transition.
How should the O&G industry utilize the energy transition to diversify offerings and services, use its floating expertise to open up deeper waters, and drive costs down to grid parity.
10:30-11:00am NETWORKING BREAK WITH EXHIBITORS
11:00am-12:00pm EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS – SESSION I
Industrializing Offshore Wind With In-Port Assembly
Moderator: Dr. Willett Kempton, Professor–University of Delaware–School of Marine Science and Policy
Through U.S. 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 U.S. 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: Development and Use of the Project Design Envelope
Moderator: Pernille Hermansen, Permitting Project Manager–Ørsted
Examining the future role of the Project Design Envelope for U.S. 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 U.S. offshore wind industry. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will report on the progress of its draft guidelines. A U.S. 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 Storage, Grid Balancing and Decarbonization
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.
Worker Training: What is Needed?
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 U.S. 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 U.S. market as well as ways the U.S. offshore wind market can maximize the number of trained and certified U.S. citizens working on projects.
12:00–1:15pm Networking Lunch & Exhibits
Table Top Sponsored Lunch 1: Innovate UK
1:00–1:30pm WindMatch Session VI–sponsored by Hobbs and Towne
WHAT'S NEW AND SPINNING: Icebreaker Windpower
Lorry Wagner, LEEDCO
This talk will address 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.
1:35–3:00pm EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS – SESSION 2
Project Data: Valuable Asset or Unmanaged Risk?
Moderator: Joel Whitman, Founder/Principal at Whitman Consulting Group
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 windfarm spinning out electricity for twenty years in an efficient and profitable way. This panel will review emerging practices and tools which use your data to minimize risk and better inform decision making at the design, construction and operation phases of a project.
Innovation in Offshore Wind Foundation and Substation Technology: 'The Sky is the Limit!'
Moderator: Ting Sie Chui, COWI
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 U.S. suppliers by matching innovative solutions to overcome industry challenges as observed worldwide.
Balancing Aviation and Marine Navigation Safety and Nighttime Visual Impacts
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, navigation and search and rescue operations, 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–NREL
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.
Optimized Design of Floating Platforms and Foundations: U.S. LCOE–Opportunities & Challenges
Moderator: Dr. Alan Lowdon CEO–Invisotech
The panel will explore the opportunity for the emerging U.S. offshore wind industry to make its own unique contribution to reducing LCOE. The session will look at the opportunity presented to the U.S. 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
Although new in the U.S., offshore wind farms have been in operation for well over a decade elsewhere in the world. This experience has exposed a number of risks which are common to every OSW installation. A good example is the dramatic differences 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 windfarm 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 windfarm to keep producing electricity, and the corresponding return on investment, for decades to come.
3:00-3:25pm Networking Break & Exhibits
WindMatch Session VII–sponsored by Hobbs and Towne
What's New and Spinning: Mike Olsen, STATOIL
3:30-4:50pm EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS – SESSION 3
Technical & Strategic Perspectives on Installation of U.S. Offshore Wind Turbines
Moderator: Kevin Pearce, Business Development, U.S. Offshore Grid Access–Siemens Energy Management
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 U.S. 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
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
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!
The Role of Lenders’ Representatives and Understanding Risk Within the Offshore Wind Industry
The U.S. 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 U.S. 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 requirements they need to meet when offering innovation as a solution in a OSW project development phase.
5:00-5:30pm WindMatch Session VIII–Sponsored by Hobbs and Towne
What's New and Spinning: Clint Plummer, Deepwater Wind
5:30-7:00pm Exhibit Networking Reception–Sponsored by Seaway Heavy Lifting

Thursday, April 5

8:00am-5:00pm Registration open
8:00am Breakfast / Exhibits open
8:00-8:30am WindMatch Session IX–Sponsored by Hobbs and Towne
What's New and Spinning: U.S. Offshore Wind Standards Update, Walt Musial–NREL
The One-Stop Shop Principle: Effects, Results and Learnings: Breakfast for Regulators, Developers, Industry Consultants and Investors
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 U.S. 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: Warren Leon, Executive Director–Clean Energy States Alliance
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
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 U.S.. 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 EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS – SESSION 4
Commercial Fishing and Offshore Wind
Moderator: Kevin Pearce, Business Development, U.S. Offshore Grid Access–Siemens Energy Management
The interaction between offshore wind and commercial fishing has proved to be challenging. However, these two industries are vital to our nation’s economy and we have seen them co-exist 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
Offshore wind construction and operation activities can present significant health, safety, and environmental risks. As the U.S. 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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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 U.S. offshore wind projects, as well as current efforts to better understand offshore wind health, safety, and environmental risks.

11:15-12:15pm EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS – 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
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.
12:15–1:25pm Networking Lunch & Exhibits
Table Top Sponsored Lunch 1: Meggitt
1:00–1:30pm WindMatch Session X–Sponsored by Hobbs and Towne
What's New & Spinning: The New England Aqua Ventus I, Habib Dagher
The project has received $40M from the U.S. 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.
2:00–3:15pm EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS – SESSION 6
Offshore Wind and the Public Message: What We Have Said and What Needs to Be Said
Moderator: Ross Tyler–Business Network for Offshore Wind
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, Office of Environmental Programs Environmental Studies Chief, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
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
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.
3:00-3:25pm NETWORKING BREAK & EXHIBITS
WindMatch Session XI–Sponsored by Hobbs and Towne
What's New & Spinning
3:35–4:50pm EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS – SESSION 7
Friends of Floating: The Road to Commercialization
Moderator: Una Brosnan, Business and Strategic Development Manager–Atkins Global
Floating wind is successfully navigating the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) index and currently the status level for floating wind globally stands at CRI 2 “Commercial Trial,” however with technologies being demonstrated and/or on cusp of being deployed in Europe, USA and Japan, the industry making inroads along the TRL scale and is now shifting its focus now on how we successfully commercialize Floating Wind. There are lessons to be learned from its fixed bottom relative with respect to cost reduction coupled with a number technical and commercial hurdles to addressed if it Is to successfully compete on a commercial parity with fixed offshore wind.
The First Round of U.S. Offshore Wind Projects and Understanding Critical Permitting and Consent Issues
Moderator: Moderator: Thomas Newcomb, Senior Consultant–Ramboll
The workshop will address key regulatory and permitting issues in the context of the first round of U.S. offshore wind project development. The workshop will provide an overview of the current status of offshore wind permitting in the U.S. and drill down on a few key regulatory issues. Expert presenters will cover issues including marine archeology resources assessment, evaluating marine traffic effects on sensitive resources and tools to model potential effects on avian resources from offshore wind projects.
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
Met-Ocean data is still a critical need for offshore wind in the U.S. Several platforms exist in U.S. waters and are generating data, but none were not designed with offshore wind in mind. Others are being proposed. Even with floating LIDAR systems moving closer to accepted practice in site characterization, the need for fixed Met-Ocean Observation Platforms remains a critical need. This session will establish the 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.
5:00-5:30pm WindMatch Session XII–Sponsored by Hobbs and Towne
5:30-7:00pm Poster and Exhibit Reception
Poster Exhibit
9:30-11:30pm Scotch & Cigars Reception–Sponsored by Alpine Ocean Seismic Survey & Cathie Associates

Friday, April 6

8:00-10:30am Registration open
8:30-9:00am Exhibits open
WindMatch Session XIII–Sponsored by Hobbs and Towne
What's New & Spinning: Ørsted Energy
9:00-10:00am U.S. BOEM BREAKFAST BRIEFING: Atlantic Path Forward
A year ago at the IPF, BOEM announced a 2017 initiatitive to assess a path forward for future potential Atlantic planning and leasing. The listening session provided an opportunity for offshore wind industry stakeholders to provide feedback on this initiative. BOEM has published in the Federal Register a Request for Feedback on BOEM’s Proposed Path Forward for Future Offshore Renewable Energy Leasing on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf. BOEM received public comments over a 45-day comment period and considered these comments in the development of a high-level assessment to identify potential areas along the Atlantic where offshore leasing may be most favorable over the next 5 years. BOEM will present the Atlantic Path Forward at this year’s IPF, as well as the factors considered and process used, factors considered, and methodology used to incorporate of public comments in the development of the path forward.
10:15-11:15am IDEAS WORTH SHARING

Lowering the Levelized Cost of Energy By Means of Efficient Industrialization of the Offshore Blade Supply Chain
Alexa Krema, LM Wind Power
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, Atlantic Wind Connection
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 U.S. offshore wind industry will prevent costly delays down the road.
11:20-12:30pm Around the World in 80 Minutes: The Global Offshore Wind Market
12:30pm Closing Remarks
Kevin Pearce, Siemens Energy Grid Management