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Offshore Wind on New York State’s Horizon: A Discussion on Maximizing Potential and Addressing Barriers


Offshore Wind on New York State’s Horizon: A Discussion on Maximizing Potential and Addressing Barriers

The Waterfront Alliance and The General Contractors Association of NY present a Policy Forum on "Offshore Wind on New York State’s Horizon: A Discussion on Maximizing Potential and Addressing Barriers"


Robert Wessels, Acting Executive Director, The General Contractors Association of NY


Boone Davis, President and CEO, Atlantic Offshore Terminals

Kevin Knobloch, President, New York Ocean Grid LLC, Anbaric

Michael Stamatis, President and CEO of Red Hook Terminals

More exciting speakers to be announced!

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s groundbreaking announcement in July 2019, awarding 1,700 MW of offshore wind to two companies, puts New York State on a pathway to becoming a global hub for the emerging offshore wind industry. Now, the work towards achieving commercial operations really begins. In the near term, the pathway is complex requiring capital investments and improved ports infrastructure; new grid connections; community engagement on building the projects; and deploying a skilled workforce. In the long term, what will it mean for New York’s ratepayers as we move towards net-zero carbon emissions?   This event, co-sponsored by the Waterfront Alliance and The General Contractors Association of NY, will bring industry experts from the fields of energy, infrastructure, and labor together to discuss steps being taken to activate the major offshore wind projects and how harnessing the region’s offshore wind resources presents an enormous opportunity to create thousands of highly-skilled jobs, revitalize ports and local communities, and deliver large amounts of clean, reliable energy to the region.

About the Presenters

Boone Davis

Prior to founding Atlantic Offshore Terminals (AOT), Boone served as a Principal at the Renewables Consulting Group where he worked as a consultant and project manager for New York's Offshore Wind Master Plan and assisted several other public and private sector clients to advance the US offshore wind industry. Prior to that, Boone served as the Block Island Wind Farm Project Manager for GE Renewable Energy, where he developed the first offshore wind turbine assembly facility in the US and managed the successful assembly, installation, and delivery of the first offshore wind turbines in the US.  Prior to the Block Island Wind Farm, Boone served as Assistant Project Manager for Cape Wind Associates where he was responsible for construction planning, contracting, and project management. Boone has in-depth knowledge of and significant hands on experience in large infrastructure project development, financing, construction, logistics and operations.  Boone holds a Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University’s School of Engineering. ​

Kevin Knobloch

Kevin Knobloch is President of New York OceanGrid LLC, where he leads Anbaric’s efforts to develop offshore wind transmission in New York. He previously was a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at the Tuft University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he co-authored the report Clean Energy Policy and Expanding Markets: Insights from Corporate, Labor and Investor Leaders. He worked with Anbaric as a senior consultant for offshore wind from September 2017 to April 2018.

Knobloch was appointed by President Barack Obama to be Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of Energy in June 2013 and worked with Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz in that role through January 2017. He was President of the Union of Concerned Scientists for ten years and Executive Director at UCS for four years before that. Earlier in his career, he served as Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Timothy Wirth of Colorado, Legislative Assistant and Press Secretary for U.S. Representative Ted Weiss of New York and Director of Conservation Programs at the Appalachian Mountain Club. He began his career as a reporter for The Berkshire Eagle and editor for The Swampscott Reporter, two Massachusetts newspapers.

Michael Stamatis

Michael Stamatis is President and CEO of Red Hook Terminals, a multi-faceted terminal operator, stevedore and cross harbor barge operator with two facilities in the Port of New York and New Jersey Complex. With 30 years of experience in the maritime industry, Michael began working as a dock laborer handling break-bulk bananas in the early 1980 s for Ecuadorian Line Inc./Pacific Fruit Inc. Working his way up through the ranks of the company, Michael spent decades working as a vessel agent, in vessel operations, as a vessel stevedoring and terminal operations manager, as well as in warehousing and distribution, sales and logistics. In 2000, Michael was promoted to senior vice president and in 2011, Michael accepted the position of president and CEO of Red Hook Terminals. Today he focuses on building a firstclass stevedoring and terminal-operating company, using his knowledge and experience to lead and grow Red Hook Terminals business both organically and through strategic partnerships and alliances

About Waterfront Alliance

The Waterfront Alliance is a civic organization based in the New York-New Jersey harbor region that works to inspire and effect resilient, revitalized, and accessible coastlines for all communities. We are an alliance of more than 1,100 organizations working together to bring about real change to our region’s waterways and 1,600 miles miles of coastline in the region.

About The General Contractors Association

The General Contractors Association provides a strong and unified voice for the heavy civil construction industry in New York. The GCA knows that what happens in New York leads the way for the rest of the nation. We recognize that how things get built is as important as what gets built, and as industry leader, we continually find ways to deliver projects more efficiently.

Our members built the infrastructure that transformed New York City and set the stage for its growth. Today, GCA members continue to build New York: foundations for the iconic skyline and new housing developments; tunnels and tracks to increase capacity underground and decrease overcrowding; parks and recreational facilities to improve quality of life in the city’s communities; a new water tunnel for the first time in more than a hundred years; and roads and bridges that will accommodate car, truck and waterborne traffic
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Non Profit/Academic/Government USD 40

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