8:30 | The first day of the American Clean Power Association's Offshore WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition , including speeches from White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy Gina McCarthy, Vineyard Wind's Lars Thaaning Pedersen, Liz Klein of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and Francis Slingsby of SouthCoast Wind. Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston
11:00 | Caucus of Women Legislators, Ellie Fund and Boston Breast Cancer Equity Coalition host a panel discussion about inequities in breast cancer care in Massachusetts. Organizers said the event kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In Room 428
1:00 | Justice Reform Caucus hosts a legislative briefing on H 2985 / S 1239, to remove the administration of Bridgewater State Hospital from the hands of the Department of Correction and put it into the Department of Mental Health. Disability Law Center's Director of Litigation Tatum Pritchard will discuss the center's recent report on the hospital. Room 428
3:00 | Congressman Auchincloss joins other members of Congress and VoteVets for press conference to call for "immediate funding for the defense of Ukraine against Russian invasion," which his office said was omitted from the 45-day stopgap government funding bill. Senate Swamp, Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.
Offshore wind power players will flock to Boston today for a conference and exhibition about an industry that has promised transformative impacts. Getting them to stay in Massachusetts seems to be the harder part.
The two-day Offshore WINDPOWER hosted by the American Clean Power Association that runs through Wednesday comes at an especially precipitous time for the industry.
Massachusetts once had 3,200 megawatts of offshore wind projects lined up, a bit more than half as much as the state needs by 2027. But after a pair of developers secured state approval to back out of their contracts, only a single installation — the 800-megawatt Vineyard Wind expected to begin generating power this month — remains in the mix.
Leaders of both Commonwealth Wind and SouthCoast Wind, the two ventures that retreated from their original plans, say they still want to build the turbines and just need more money to make the projects viable. They’re both expected to bid again in the latest procurement round.
And while the changing tides have slowed the march toward a clean energy future in Massachusetts, the Bay State isn’t alone. An auction for offshore wind development rights in three Gulf of Mexico tracts attracted just a single bid, and some industry watchers are projecting the United States will fall short of the Biden administration’s 2030 wind goal.
Event organizers at least don’t appear to be shying away from the inherent tension.
“The offshore industry is at a critical moment,” a bold-text introduction to the conference summary declares. It continues, “With supply chain disruptions and rising inflation, offshore wind’s essential role in our nation’s clean energy future is at risk. Come engage with the top industry leaders and government officials who are working to to [sic] achieve the full promise of this key economic development strategy and climate solution.”
The lineup is dotted with all sorts of eye-catching speakers. Francis Slingsby of SouthCoast Wind is up today — four days after Massachusetts regulators approved a $60 million termination agreement for that project — and Gov. Maura Healey is on the agenda tomorrow.
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