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ONLINE: NACC’s Energy Exchange—Insight from the Industry : OFFSHORE WIND
May 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Electricity is critical to society—it needs to be affordable and reliable. Increased environmental awareness and policy developments towards a greener future is supporting the development of wind energy. Globally, energy produced from wind has grown with more than 400% over the past 20 years.
The waters off the coasts of the United States have significant potential for electricity generation from wind energy. The U.S. currently has one operating offshore wind energy project: the Block Island wind farm off the Coast of Rhode Island with 30 megawatts (MW) of electricity generation capacity. Several other wind projects off the U.S. East Coast are in the planning stages. Twelve European countries had operating offshore wind energy projects as of the end of 2020.
In this webinar, moderator Kristine Klavers talks with Siri Espedal Kindem, President, Equinor Wind USA and Jonah Margulis, Senior Vice President, Aker Offshore Wind US. We will learn from the experience gained from these two leading companies that already have significant experience in developing off-shore wind energy projects. They will share their experiences, the hurdles and opportunities as they see for offshore wind projects here in the US. They will touch on the significance of state policies for offshore wind energy as well as federal policies, economics and investment tax credits, technology, energy storage, environment, logistics, cybersecurity, staffing and more.
Welcoming remarks from Consul General Harriet E. Berg The Royal Norwegian Consulate General, New York.
Siri Espedal Kindem, President, Equinor Wind US
Siri Espedal Kindem is the President of Equinor Wind US and is responsible for its offshore wind portfolio throughout the US East Coast, including Empire Wind and Beacon Wind projects off the coast of Long Island. Previously, Kindem was Senior Vice President for Operations North in the Norwegian and Barents Sea. In addition, she was head of renewables for Equinor’s New Energy Solutions (NES) and has significant experience in the offshore wind energy industry. She holds a Master’s in Physical Chemistry from the University of Bergen and has held several senior roles within Equinor throughout her career, having led operations, investment strategy, technology, and development for numerous projects.
Jonah Margulis, Senior Vice President, Aker Offshore Wind US
Jonah Margulis is accountable for all U.S. operations and is a member of the executive management team at Aker Offshore Wind. Mr. Margulis joined Aker Offshore Wind in January 2021 and has significant leadership experience from roles as US Country Manager, Head of Front End North America, and General Manager of the Subsea Production Alliance at Aker Solutions. Mr. Margulis’s primary responsibilities include the development of deepwater wind projects and portfolio development in the Americas along with building and managing the local team and legal entity. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of Offshore Wind California (OWC) and sits on the Board of Directors of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA). Mr. Margulis obtained his engineering degree from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania and MBA with an Energy Management certificate from the University of Houston.
Kristine is an accomplished senior business executive and chemical engineer with 30 years’ experience and in-depth knowledge of each segment of the global energy industry. Kristine Klavers grew up in Oslo, Norway. She earned her M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Twente, Netherlands. She started her career as an MTBE Product Specialist at Arco Chemicals in UK. She gained a patent on a catalyst for methane coupling at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and worked as a Process Engineer for JGC in Yokohama. She was the Publisher of Fuel Magazine and built Hart’s Global Consulting Services with a presence around the globe. For the past 5 years, Kristine held the position of Senior Vice President at Argus Consulting Services at Argus Media, where she established their consulting business covering the full range of energy commodities, from crude oil to metals and also with a significant focus on renewables. Kristine is an official member of the National Petroleum Council (NPC) as appointed by the US Secretary of Energy.