Working to capture opportunities in a new American industry

The seCTer staff has been immersed in the sustainable energy sector since the end of 2022 with attendance at statewide and national events.

Executive Director Paul Whitescarver attended the Clean Energy Round Table Discussion April 13 hosted by the CT Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and AdvanceCT.

The focus of this energy summit was on the state’s competitiveness in energy transition and economic development and included representatives of nearly 50 businesses. The three agencies have been working to build a unified vision for decarbonization and equitable economic development in Connecticut. Attendees were asked to help develop the vision and opportunities to support the growth of clean energy and transportation industries.

On April 12, the focus was on offshore wind opportunities when Whitescarver attended the ‘Meet the Buyer’ event featuring opportunities in this new industry. Connecticut business owners were able to meet with representatives of Revolution Wind, the state’s first offshore wind farm, being developed by the Ørsted and Eversource joint venture.  The event included an overview of  industry opportunities, and update on the State Pier redevelopment project as a hub for offshore wind.

At the end of March, Whitescarver sought opportunities for Connecticut in the offshore wind industry when he attended the International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum in Baltimore hosted by the Business Network for Offshore Wind. Billed as the “premier offshore wind energy conference in the Americas” the annual conference allows global leaders and businesses in the offshore wind supply chain to connect while getting updates on industry technology, policy, and other aspects.

seCTer closed out 2022 by hosting ‘Foundation 2 Blade,’ also presented by the Business Network for Offshore Wind. This three-day workshop at the Mystic Hilton provided businesses, educators, and policymakers with information about all that is required to become part of this new industry’s supply chain. The workshop was funded by the Department of Economic and Community Development in conjunction with the Ørsted-Eversource joint venture developing South Fork Wind, Revolution Wind, and Sunrise Wind. All three wind farms will be assembled at and shipped from State Pier in the Port of New London.

seCTer received recognition for hosting the event in this article published by The Day.    

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