" Offshore Wind – Clean Energy is Just Over the Horizon"; and "Preparing the US Workforce to Meet the Health & Safety Requirements in the Offshore Wind Industry"

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Title: Offshore Wind – Clean Energy is Just Over the Horizon

Description: Offshore Wind has tremendous potential to provide a clean, reliable source of energy for the east coast. Presenter will provide an overview of the current status of the American offshore wind industry, the technology, and the environmental benefits. Presentation will also discuss the various environmental studies and stakeholder engagements that must be completed to make these complex projects reality.

Presenter:Ms. Kenney is the Vice President of Permitting and Environmental Affairs at Deepwater Wind in Providence RI. She is responsible for overseeing the environmental surveys and permitting of Deepwater Wind’s portfolio which includes projects off the coast of Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts. Aileen has worked on the permitting of wind and other energy projects in the United States and abroad for over 10 years. Prior to joining Deepwater Wind in May 2010, she was the National Director of Wind Energy at Tetra Tech EC, Inc. During her time with Tetra Tech, their wind energy program was responsible for permitting over 335 projects representing over 20,000 MW of installed capacity. She co-managed preparation of the Wind Energy Siting Handbook for the American Wind Energy Association, published in 2008.

Title: Preparing the US Workforce to Meet the Health & Safety Requirements in the Offshore Wind Industry

Description: Ocean Readines is the first hands-on technical offshore renewable energy training & development center in North America to provide technical and health & safety training for offshore renewable energy workers.

Presenter: Since 2001 Megan Amsler has been the Executive Director of Self-Reliance, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote environmentally sound technologies and sustainable practices. Megan has a wide knowledge of renewable energy technologies. She established Cape Cod as a Million Solar Roofs partnership, facilitated over 3500 solar installations in the region and has worked on various wind power projects since 1996. Megan is also very involved in workforce training in the clean energy sector. Megan is chair of the Falmouth Energy Committee and treasurer of the Cape & Islands Renewable Energy Collaborative. She is a member of the board of directors of the Small Wind Certification Council, the American Solar Energy Society’s Wind Division, The Upper Cape Regional Technical School’s Advisory Committee, and The Housing Assistance Corporation. Megan is also an adjunct faculty member at Cape Cod Community College where she has been teaching renewable energy since 2007.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 2:30pm
Gunness Student Center Conference Room, Marcus Hall