On Feb. 22 and 23, 2023, the Departments of Energy, the Interior, Commerce, and Transportation will virtually convene offshore wind energy stakeholders to discuss the Floating Offshore Wind Shot™—an ambitious initiative to cut the cost of floating offshore wind energy by over 70% by 2035.
Deep-water areas that require floating platforms are home to two-thirds of America’s offshore wind energy potential—a clean energy resource that is key to meeting the nation’s climate goals. Capturing this vast potential can power millions of American homes and businesses and bring significant economic benefits but will require unprecedented collaboration between federal and state governments, local communities, tribes, and the private sector. This interagency summit will bring together a broad range of parties to affirm a shared vision of wide-scale floating offshore wind energy deployment and dive into the technical, social, equity, and environmental challenges and opportunities it presents.
The purpose of the summit is to share information regarding the Floating Offshore Wind Shot goals, the framework and plans for future work, currently available resources, and opportunities for future engagement. Day 1 will focus on remarks from national leaders on floating offshore wind energy, an overview of the Shot, and national floating offshore wind energy deployment efforts and considerations. Day 2 will focus on state leader, industry, and stakeholder perspectives on floating offshore wind energy and describe the plans and priorities for future Shot efforts.
Day 1 (Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023)
- 11 a.m. ET: Welcome and Introductions
- Keynote – Part 1: Advancing Floating Offshore Wind in the United States for Our Nation’s Clean Economy Future
- Introduction to the Floating Offshore Wind Shot
- Keynote – Part 2: Advancing Floating Offshore Wind in the United States for Our Nation’s Clean Economy Future
- The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Floating Offshore Wind Deployment Goal and Floating Offshore Wind Leasing Efforts
- Keynote – Promoting Expanded, Just, and Sustainable Floating Offshore Wind Deployment that Creates Good-Paying Jobs
- Roundtable: Government Leaders’ Discussion of Resources, Programming, and Capabilities
- 3:30 p.m. ET: Adjourn
Day 2 (Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023)
- 11 a.m. ET: Welcome and Review of Day 1
- Keynote – State Leadership and Federal/State Coordination for Achieving National Floating Offshore Wind Goals
- Panel: Technology Innovation and Levelized Cost of Energy Cost Reduction Pathways
- Roundtable: Innovators Perspectives
- Panel: Expanded, Just, and Sustainable Deployment
- Roundtable: Stakeholder Perspectives
- Panel: Domestic Supply Chain
- Panel: Offshore Wind Transmission
- Panel: Co-Generation Opportunities
- Future Engagement Opportunities
- 4:55 p.m. ET: Adjourn
This agenda will be updated as speakers are confirmed.
Jennifer M. Granholm was sworn in as the 16th secretary of energy on Feb. 25, 2021, becoming just the second woman to lead the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Secretary Granholm is leading DOE's work to advance the cutting-edge clean energy technologies that will help America achieve President Biden’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 while creating millions of good-paying union clean energy jobs and building an equitable economy.
Secretary Granholm also oversees DOE's core missions of promoting American leadership in scientific discovery, maintaining the nuclear deterrent and reducing nuclear danger, and remediating the environmental harms caused by legacy defense programs. Prior to her nomination as secretary of energy, Jennifer Granholm was the first woman elected Governor of Michigan, serving two terms from 2003 to 2011.
Deb Haaland is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna in New Mexico. She made history when she became the first Native American to serve as a cabinet secretary. Throughout her career in public service, Secretary Haaland has broken barriers and opened the doors of opportunity for future generations. She was elected one of the first Native American women to serve in Congress and was the first Native American woman to lead a state political party in the country. Secretary Haaland was raised in a military family and is an alumni of the University of New Mexico with both a bachelor of arts and a juris doctor degree.
Geraldine (Geri) Richmond is the under secretary for science and innovation at DOE. In this role, she oversees DOE's Office of Science, the nation’s largest federal sponsor of basic research in the physical sciences, DOE’s applied R&D areas of nuclear, fossil, and renewable energy, and energy system integrity, and 14 DOE national laboratories and their facilities. She is currently on leave from the University of Oregon, where she holds the Presidential Chair in Science and is a professor of chemistry. She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been honored by numerous awards including the National Medal of Science (2016), the Priestley Medal from the American Chemical Society (2018), and the Linus Pauling Medal Award (2018).
Liz Klein currently serves as the director of the U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI) Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and previously served as senior counselor to Secretary Haaland at DOI. Klein is an attorney who specializes in clean energy, climate change, and environmental law and policy. President Biden is the third President under which Liz has served at DOI as a member of the Biden-Harris administration since January 2021 and having worked for both the Clinton and Obama administrations. Under Secretaries Ken Salazar and Sally Jewell, Liz served as DOI’s associate deputy secretary as well as principal deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Policy, Management and Budget.
Jocelyn is DOE’s Offshore Wind Lead and has been with the department for 13 years. Jocelyn contributed to the establishment of the joint agency 30 gigawatts by 2030 goal and is leading DOE’s subsequent implementation efforts. This includes leading the department’s offshore wind energy strategic planning efforts, leading the establishment of the Floating Offshore Wind Shot, overseeing the initiation of DOE’s Atlantic transmission analysis and convening efforts, and contributing to the establishment of the White House-led Federal State Offshore Wind Partnership focused on supply chain coordination.
Prior to assuming her current role, Jocelyn served as program manager for DOE’s Wind Energy Environmental, Siting, Workforce Development and Grid portfolio, and managed the department’s Wind, Ocean Energy, and Hydropower environmental research portfolios. She came to DOE through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program. She holds a master’s degree in marine science from the University of New England and a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Smith College.