Renewable Energy

Offshore renewable energy – including wind, tidal and wave – is an emerging industry with the chance to reshape our clean energy future. Offshore wind alone has the potential to generate more than 4,000 gigawatts in state and federal waters along the coasts of the United States and the Great Lakes.



Sophie Hartfield Lewis

Head of Permitting, Marine Affairs and Real Estate, Orsted North America


Kevin Banister

Senior Manager of Business Development, Principle Power Inc.


Stephanie McLellan

Director, Special Initiative on Offshore Wind

Liz Burdock

Executive Director, Business Network for Offshore Wind


Jason Busch

Executive Director, OWET

"Harnessing the Pacific Northwest's marine energy"

Paul Williamson

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

"Building Maine's ocean energy future"

Bill Staby

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Resolute Marine Energy

"Generating clean energy from ocean waves"

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

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