Time for Turbines 6 announces lineup for Nov. 2-3 event

Time for Turbines 6, one of the most complete and longest-running events on the offshore wind industry, announced that this year’s program will be a two-day event that features trips to key locations Nov. 2 and numerous panel discussions Nov. 3 at Stockton University’s Atlantic City campus.

The program, hosted by Jersey Renews, will feature speakers and panels from leading voices in the offshore wind space, including federal and state government officials, wind developers and labor leaders discussing the most pressing topics related to the offshore wind industry.

Tickets for the event (info here) will cover both days.

Here’s a rundown of how the event will work:

Nov. 2

Field trips (noon-4 p.m.)

  • Rutgers University RU COOL Lab;
  • Stockton University Marine Field Station;
  • Rutgers University Marine Field Station;
  • Ørsted O&M Facility;
  • Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind ECO Center.

Reception (5-7 p.m.)

Sirens Bar and Grill in Atlantic City

Nov. 3

Forum (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.)

Stockton University Fannie Lou Hamer Event Room

9 a.m.: Welcome

  • Amanda Norvell, dean for the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Stockton University;
  • Joe Fiordaliso Jr., son of former Board of Public Utilities President Joe Fiordaliso Sr.;
  • Rob Asaro-Angelo, commissioner, Department of Labor & Workforce Development;
  • Tim Sullivan, CEO, New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

9:30 a.m.: Panel 1 — Federal and state decision makers 

New Jersey has a new offshore wind goal of 1,100 megawatts by 2040, and has opened SAA 2.0 for offshore transmission to go with a third solicitation, which will announce winners in Q4 of this year. Given some of the recent challenges to New Jersey’s offshore wind industry, what can the President Joe Biden and Gov. Phil Murphy administrations do to keep the state’s offshore wind projects on schedule?

  • Moderator: Jeanne Fox, former NJBPU president;
  • David Diamond, mid-Atlantic regional manager, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management;
  • Robert Brabston, executive director, NJBPU;
  • Jen Becker, director, NJEDA Wind Institute.

10:20 a.m.: Lessons Learned

Vineyard Offshore on Vineyard Wind 1: Nathaniel Mayo, director of public affairs, on America’s first commercial-scale wind farm and building relationships with coastal communities.

10:30 a.m. Panel 2 — New Jersey steel in the water and other updates

Hear from some of the world’s leading offshore wind energy developers, including Ørsted, Atlantic Shores, Community Offshore Wind, Leading Light Wind and Attentive Energy on their current and planned projects in New Jersey. As Ocean Wind 1 moves toward construction with Atlantic Shores right behind, they will cover their project timelines, activities and progress in developing an offshore wind supply chain and workforce development programs.

  • Moderator: William O’Hearn, executive vice president, external affairs, Offshore Power LLC;
  • Jesse Balboa, project manager, Ørsted;
  • Doug Copeland, manager of business development & strategic partnerships, Atlantic Shores;
  • Bryan Gray, development director, Community Offshore Wind;
  • Paul Phifer, permitting and development director, Attentive Energy;
  • Wes Jacobs, project director, Leading Light Wind.

11:30 a.m.: Fireside chat

Overcoming the inflation/project cost issue: Three top industry veterans dig into offshore wind’s most pressing challenge — and discuss potential solutions.

  • Moderator: Abby Watson, president, Groundwire Strategies;
  • Kris Ohleth, executive director, Special Initiative on Offshore Wind;
  • Lauren Burm, senior director, offshore public affairs, Vestas.

Noon: Keynote address

Climate Crisis Impacts on U.S. Healthcare (virtual)

  • Elizabeth Cerceo, associate professor, Cooper Medical School, Rowan University

12:40 p.m.: Panel 3 — Putting New Jerseyans to work in good, green jobs

With the right policies and commitments in place, we can create family-sustaining jobs in the offshore wind sector while reducing our carbon footprint. These jobs will be created across many sectors — from construction to manufacturing and operations to merchant marines. Hear from labor leaders on what we can expect from this industry, next steps to regionalize every level of the supply chain and what tools and commitments workers need to fully deliver on the jobs promise of wind.

  • Moderator: Debra Coyle, director, New Jersey Work Environment Council;
  • Olaf Olsen, senior council representative, Dockbuilders-Divers-Pile Drivers, Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters;
  • Luke Gordon, international representative, United Steelworkers;
  • Ray Henderson, Seafarers International Union;
  • Wyatt Earp, political organizer, IBEW.

1:30 p.m. Manufacturing update

  • Robert Mazzuca, New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program.

1:40 p.m.: Panel 4 — Offshore Wind, Equity & Environmental Justice

New Jersey is making historic investments in offshore wind. With multiple projects already approved, another solicitation in the works and the first purpose-built wind port in the country, our state is creating thousands of job opportunities. How can offshore wind serve as an engine to address climate change and reverse inequality? This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ensure jobs go to communities often excluded from the green economy. This panel will take a look at what New Jersey is doing, and what we have left to do, to remove structural barriers to good jobs in offshore wind.

  • Moderator: Nicole Miller, principal consultant, MnM Consulting;
  • Ronald Tuff, New Jersey organizer, Greenfaith;
  • Halimah Shabazz, coordinator, wind projects, New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance;
  • Kevin Peterson, senior pastor, Second Baptist Church of Pedricktown (Salem County);
  • Atlantic City Councilman Kaleem Shabazz.

2:30 p.m. Panel 5 — Standing Up for Offshore Wind

Offshore wind has faced choppy waters this year as a set of challenges has allowed opponents to take advantage of issues like visual impacts and inflation/costs to attack offshore wind. How should offshore wind be positioned to build up support from the public that has not taken sides?

  • Moderator: Anjuli Ramos-Busot, executive director, Sierra Club;
  • Sunni Vargas, clean energy campaign manager, New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Grassroots;
  • Fred Zalcman, director, New York Offshore Wind Association;
  • Moira Cyphers, director, Eastern Region state affairs, American Clean Power;
  • Ayelet Hines, director of community engagement, Tigercomm.