Rhode Island Offshore Wind Summit

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Innovate Newport

513 Broadway

Newport, RI 02840

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This event is SOLD OUT. There will be no walk-in tickets available.

The Rhode Island Offshore Wind Summit will convene leaders from around the world and across the public and private sectors to share insights and explore business opportunities for clean energy in Rhode Island.

This transition presents opportunities for many sectors of the clean energy industry, particularly offshore wind, from early-stage startups to global energy companies. The main question is how Rhode Island should take advantage of the opportunity and create hundreds of sustainable, local jobs.


8:30am - 9:30am: Registration and Light Breakfast

9:30am - 10:00am: Welcome by Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and NECEC President Peter Rothstein

10:00am - 10:15am: State of the US Offshore Wind Market

  • Liz Burdock, President and CEO, Business Network for Offshore Wind

10:15am - 10:30am: What’s New & Spinning – Ørsted

  • David Hang, President, Orsted US Offshore Wind

10:30am - 10:45am: Networking Break

10:45am - 10:50am: Remarks by Rhode Island Secretary of Commerce Stefan Pryor

10:50am - 11:45am: Pitch & Sip Part 1 – Fast-paced pitches by local and regional businesses to showcase their services and expertise to prospective partners

11:45am - 12:00pm: What’s New & Spinning – Vineyard Wind

12:00pm - 1:00pm: Networking Lunch

1:00pm - 2:00pm: Panel Discussions and Breakouts

Supply Chain Panel - Rhode Island’s Offshore Wind Resources: Learn about Rhode Island's many resources to support offshore wind, including business incentives and grants, workforce training, port infrastructure and more

  • Hilary Fagan, Executive Vice President of Business Development, Rhode Island Commerce Corporation (moderator)
  • David Fletcher, Group Managing Director, GEV Wind Power
  • Laura Hastings, Grant Advisor and Fiscal Specialist, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training
  • Steven King, Managing Director, Quonset Development Corporation
  • Jen McCann, Director, US Coastal Programs, URI Coastal Resources Center
  • Matt Vargas, Vice President, Business Assistance, Supply RI
  • Chris Waterson, General Manager, ProvPort

Grid Modernization Panel - Renewable Energy Integration and Grid Modernization: Learn about what is required to integrate intermittent renewable energy from offshore wind into the grid and what opportunities there are

2:00pm - 2:15pm: Coffee and Networking

2:15pm - 2:30pm: What’s New & Spinning – Equinor

  • Julia Bovey, Director Of External Affairs, Equinor Wind US

2:30pm - 3:15pm: Pitch & Sip Part 2

3:15pm - 3:30pm: What’s New & Spinning – Mayflower Wind

3:30pm - 3:45pm: Coffee & Networking

3:45pm - 5:00pm: Making the Rounds or Startup Pitches

Track 1 - Making the Rounds: Offshore wind developers and tier 1 suppliers will be available for local firms to make introductions and explore opportunities for participation

  • Burns & McDonnell, Equinor, GE, Mayflower Wind, MHI Vestas, Orsted, Siemens, Vineyard Wind, Commerce RI, RI Department of Labour and Training, ProvPort, Quonset Port, and URI

Track 2 - Cleantech Pitch Sessions: Select cleantech startups with technologies applicable to offshore wind will give shark-tank style presentations to investors

5:00pm - 7:00pm: Closing Remarks from Rhode Island Secretary of Commerce Stefan Pryor and Networking Reception

HOTELS: Please visit Discover Newport for a list of available hotels in the area. July is a busy season in Newport. Please book your hotel early!

IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION: Due to limited parking at our venue, we will be providing a shuttle service between Innovate Newport and the Newport Visitor & Transportation Center (23 America's Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840). The shuttle service will run from 7:45AM to 10:30AM at the begining of the event and from 5:00PM to 8:00PM at the end of the event. The Visitor's center is approximately 1.5 miles from Innovate Newport. Parking at the Visitor's center is $25 for the day.






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Innovate Newport

513 Broadway

Newport, RI 02840

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