Cosponsored by the DC Bar Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section Energy Committee
The controversy over offshore wind development off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts provides one of the best examples of the potential challenges of meeting dueling conservation objectives--climate change mitigation and ocean conservation. Building upon the previous seminar discussion of ocean energy, this seminar focused specifically on the challenges and opportunities for offshore wind development in both state and federal waters. The panelists discussed the legal and regulatory framework for offshore wind development including proposed rules for wind development in state waters and state regulation under the Coastal Zone Management Act and other laws. The panelists also considered whether the existing legal framework goes far enough to provide regulatory certainty for the offshore wind industry and ensure appropriate environmental protection.
Jim McElfish, Environmental Law Institute
Kristen Fletcher, Coastal States Organization
Laurie Jodziewicz, American Wind Energy Association
Susan Reid, Conservation Law Foundation
Peter Schaumberg, Beveridge & Diamond
Attendees are invited to bring a brownbag lunch.
The 2008 Ocean Seminar Series is made possible by generous support from the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation.