On March 29th, the Tufts Institute of the Environment sponsored a night of exploration and discussion around the offshore wind future. This event, "Are We Ready to Embrace a Future Powered by Offshore Wind?" was organized by Tufts University's partner, Greentown Labs, and featured several Tufts affiliates who contributed to a lively discussion surrounding questions relating to how best to ensure the success of offshore wind in Massachusetts, particularly in light of the August 2016 decision by the Governor to extensively expand this enterprise.
The Offshore Wind night at Greentown Labs was saw the gathering of industry leaders, academics, scientists, and policy experts. A panel of experts spoke on topics relating to the implementation of Offshore Wind goals, and included:
-Elisabeth-Anne Teseder, Tufts Fletcher Alum and Senior Regulatory Advisor at Ørsted
-Eric Hines, Principal of LeMessurier Consultants and Tufts University Professor of Practice
-Ravi Paintal, CEO of Autonomous Marine Systems
-Bill While, Senior Director for Offshore Wind, MassCEC
-Barbara Kates-Garnick (Moderator), Professor of the Practice at the Fletcher School, Tufts University
In addition to an energetic discussion, the event included a poster session and networking hour in which industry professionals and students gathered to continue the conversation. As Massachusetts is currently a front-runner to becoming an industry leader in clean power enterprises, the discussion at this event promises to have a lasting impact on the ways in which clean energy is fostered and implemented in the U.S. as a whole.
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