27 Feb '14, 10pm

Charting Offshore Wind's Next Course

Facing the Problems, Elevate the Conversation The question isn't whether offshore wind projects can be built, it's about establishing early momentum and shifting the emphasis from one-off projects to driving a sustainable industry, noted opening speaker Jim Lanard, founder and former president of the Offshore Wind Development Coalition. First thing first: get the first project in the water, something that later panelists agreed on. Second is establishing regulatory certainty at the state level: "we can't have states changing the rules of the game halfway through." The sector also has to do a better job about the economics of what's happening, from internalizing costs to structuring them financially -- but also changing the conversation from being so much about how much things cost, to the benefits offshore wind provides. "People hear about costs, the price of energy," he s...

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