Supporter

Stephanie McLellan

Director, Special Initiative on Offshore Wind

‘As a longtime leader on development of offshore wind energy, first in the Delaware Governor’s office and now at the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (SIOW), I know the importance of ocean coordination.

 
The SIOW, housed at the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, is an independent catalyst for offshore wind, creating multi-sector collaboration and innovation to advance offshore wind. Additionally, the initiative is providing new data to policymakers about the feasibility and urgency of tapping offshore wind.

 
Coordinated ocean planning is vitally needed to advance this important sector. While wind energy produced 3.5 percent of the nation’s electricity in 2012, not a single megawatt came from an offshore turbine. However, there are currently more than a dozen offshore wind projects at various stages of development, including the Block Island Wind Farm, which now has steel in the water!

 
If we are going to realize the full benefits of these projects and grow this sector of renewable energy, we must continue to support regional ocean coordination initiatives designed to address ocean uses and reduce conflict, allowing for innovative, new ocean uses like offshore wind.’


 

Sector:

Location:

Similar Voices of Support

Recreational Fishing

Tom Raftican

President, The Sportfishing Conservancy

Renewable Energy

Thomas Brostrøm

General Manager of North America, Orsted

Renewable Energy California

Kevin Banister

Senior Manager of Business Development, Principle Power Inc.

Science

Gary Gysin

President and CEO, Liquid Robotics®

Ports, Maritime & Shipping

Sean Kline

Director of Marine Affairs, Chamber of Shipping of America

Ports, Maritime & Shipping Connecticut

North Atlantic Ports Association

Conservation Delaware

Matt Gove

Mid-Atlantic Policy Manager, Surfrider Foundation

Renewable Energy

Liz Burdock

Executive Director, Business Network for Offshore Wind

Ports, Maritime & Shipping Delaware

Capt. Stephen Roberts

Pilots’ Association for the Bay & River Delaware

"Ensuring the safety of our mariners, the environment and the security of our industries"
Commercial Fishing

John Williamson

Sea Keeper Fishery Consulting

"Building on the cultural heritage of our commercial fishing industry"
Renewable Energy Rhode Island

Jeff Grybowski

CEO, Deepwater Wind

"Building a brand new industry in our ocean"
Renewable Energy Oregon

Jason Busch

Executive Director, OWET

"Harnessing the Pacific Northwest's marine energy"
Renewable Energy Maine

Paul Williamson

Former Director & Industry Coordinator, Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative

"Building Maine's ocean energy future"
Ports, Maritime & Shipping

Jason Kelly

Executive Vice President, Moran Shipping Agencies, Inc.

"Largest independent steamship agency in North America"
Aquaculture Connecticut

Bob Rheault

Executive Director, East Coast Shellfish Growers Association

"Growing opportunities for shellfish growers"
Renewable Energy Massachusetts

Bill Staby

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Resolute Marine Energy

"Generating clean energy from ocean waves"
Ports, Maritime & Shipping

Carleen Lyden-Kluss

Executive Director & Co-Founder, NAMEPA

"Shipping industry leader preserving the marine environment"

Why We Need Ocean Planning

The ocean and coasts are active places, and we’re putting more demands on them every day. Think about it: traditional uses such as fishing, boating, shipping, recreation, and tourism are all changing and expanding, and at the same time we’re pioneering new industries alongside them like wind energy and sand mining. Ocean planning is about thinking ahead and planning for how to make it all work. Otherwise, we put the ocean’s vast, yet fragile, resources at risk. Voluntary ocean planning allows us to coordinate all these uses in a way that benefits our economy, our communities, and ocean health. Ocean planning is a science-based and data-driven process that provides a tool for people and government to work together, share information and solve problems in a way that works for everyone. Ocean planning helps to identify and resolve potential conflicts early on, helping decision makers and stakeholders in both the private and public sectors do their jobs better. This creates better outcomes for everyone, supporting a healthy ocean and vibrant economy

Learn More