EBC 2nd Annual Rhode Island Offshore Wind Conference


Date: November 10, 2021


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


Virtual Event

Information for viewing the webinar will be shared with registered attendees in a confirmation email.

In 2016, Rhode Island became home to the first offshore wind project in the nation with the successful installation of the 30 MW Block Island Wind Farm. Since that time, the offshore wind industry has expanded astronomically in New England. With the planned opening of Ørsted’s innovation hub in Providence, and the permitting process for the Revolution Wind Farm, which will make landfall in Quonset Point, underway, Rhode Island continues to play an important role in the development of the offshore wind industry in New England.

Additionally, Rhode Island’s own Senator Whitehouse plans to introduce a bill called the Reinvesting in Shoreline Economies and Ecosystems (RISEE) Act, which could play a pivotal role in directing how the U.S. funds coastal resilience by ensuring federal leasing revenue from offshore energy production is used to build coastal resilience in the states and communities closest to that energy production, and setting up the National Oceans and Coastal Security Fund as a “sister-fund” to the more inland-focused, Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The second annual EBC Rhode Island Offshore Wind Conference will feature Senator Whitehouse discussing these legislative developments and port infrastructure investment included in the federal budget and infrastructure bill. The Conference will offer updates on the Rhode Island developments and new voices seeking to foster collaboration among the many stakeholder voices in this emerging industry.

A robust panel discussion with the audience will conclude the webinar.

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (2.0 training contact hours). Certificates are automatically provided via email link for registered attendees at the conclusion of the webinar.

Additional information can be found under the “Agenda Details” tab above.
Program Chairs:
  • Wayne Cobleigh, Vice President – Client Services, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
  • Christine Dieter, Associate, Hinckley Allen
Keynote Remarks (pre-recorded):
  • U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, State of Rhode Island
Speaker Agenda:

Sea Grant’s New Role as Trusted Broker for Offshore Wind Energy

  • Jennifer McCann, Director of U.S. Coastal Programs and Director of Extension, RI Sea Grant at the Coastal Resources Center

Growing the Supply Chain in Rhode Island

  • Hilary Fagan, Executive Vice President Business Development, Rhode Island Commerce Corporation
  • Michael F. Sabitoni, Business Manager, Rhode Island Building & Construction Trades Council

Port Development Outlook for Rhode Island

  • Chris Waterson, General Manager, Waterson Terminal Services, LLC

Ørsted Revolution Wind and Innovation & Venture Hub Update

  • David Ortiz, Head of Government Affairs and Market Strategy, Ørsted U.S.

Moderated Discussion

The available PowerPoint presentations from the EBC 2nd Annual Rhode Island Offshore Wind Conference completed on November 10, 2021, can be viewed below.

Presentations – EBC 2nd Annual Rhode Island Offshore Wind Conference

Webinar Recording

Registered Attendees

All registered attendees receive the link to the webinar recording five business days after the conclusion of the webinar. If you are a registered attendee and did not receive the webinar recording, please contact the EBC office.

EBC Members

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Non-Members are welcome to register and pay the Non-Member registration rate to receive access to the webinar recording.

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