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Sep 26, 2018

MD Clean Energy Center 

Welcome to Part Four in a special six-part series of More Power To You, produced in partnership with the Maryland Clean Energy Center for National Clean Energy Week 2018. Each episode spotlights a different clean energy technology, and features some of the people and companies leading the way in Maryland. 

This week’s focus is offshore wind energy, and my guest is someone who’ll be familiar to regular listeners: Liz Burdock, President and CEO of the Business Network for Offshore Wind.

Our conversation begins with a review of some major state developments over the past few months. We discuss the importance of scale in developing the offshore wind supply chain, the role of smaller projects in growing the industry, and the importance of state policy and legislation, particularly in Maryland. Liz recounts the history of the Network which she co-founded in Maryland several years ago, and we close by discussing some new Network initiatives including the new Offshore Wind Insider podcast, and look ahead to next year’s IPF, the Network’s signature event.

In full disclosure, the Network is a client of mine, and I’m an unabashed supporter not just of offshore wind as a clean energy source, but of the Network. And as an example of just how fast the offshore wind industry is advancing, we recorded this show exactly two weeks ago. As you’ll hear in the interview, we were discussing how New Jersey would be releasing a solicitation some time in the future. Just last week New Jersey issued its solicitation for 1,100 MW of offshore wind, the largest single state OSW solicitation in US history.

MD Clean Energy Summit

Special Offer for MPTY listeners:

Next month, the Maryland Clean Energy Center is hosting its annual Maryland Clean Energy Summit, a three-day conference from October 8-10 in College Park. The conference focuses on cutting-edge technologies, modern business models, and innovative regulations and financing solutions to ensure a secure, resilient and transactive power grid. More Power To You listeners will get a 10 percent discount on registration if you enter the coupon code MPTY at checkout. 

Recorded September 12, 2018. Published September 26, 2018.