Offshore Wind: Area Identification to Operations
The development of offshore wind is well underway in the U.S. despite many years of attempting to get the industry off the ground. Europe and other parts of the world had proven that offshore wind is a viable alternative source of energy, but it appeared to be elusive for the U.S. until this year. On August 22, 2023 the Biden Administration announced its approval of the fourth offshore wind project located about 15 nautical miles southeast of Point Judith, Rhode Island.
The process from wind energy area identification to approval involves many stakeholders at every level of government, representing every portion of the industry pipeline and specialists ranging from Avian Biologist to Meteorologist and everything in between; and most importantly, a public-included decision-making framework, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This presentation will serve to educate attendees on the U.S. Offshore Wind project approval process from “identification-to-operations”.
Presenter: Angel McCoy is a Senior Offshore Wind Regulatory Expert at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO where she focuses on the advancement of the offshore wind industry. Prior to joining NREL, she had a short stint as an Offshore Wind Project Manager; however, the majority of her career to date was at the US Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in the Office of Renewable Energy Programs. She supported the environmental, engineering and technical review of ocean-based renewable energy facilities. Her responsibilities included wind resource analysis for wind energy area identification, radar impacts mitigation, wind facility lighting design review and approval, and COR for research studies to name a few. She authored the “Guidelines for Lighting and Marking of Structures Supporting Renewable Energy Development”, a significant accomplishment in her Federal service career.
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September 12, 2023
September 12, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm