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Live Broadcast November 10th, 6:30 PM - EDT



Show Description:


The wind energy market is currently estimated to reach a global worth of $250 billion by 2020, with electricity generated from wind energy a viable source in all 50 states by 2050, yielding significant job growth, a substantially increased renewable energy portfolio, and additional tax revenue.

- DOE "Wind Vision Report 2013"


This special will take a look at two particular wind projects in the state of Rhode Island that are helping to make the state a national leader when it comes to clean energy. The projects include DEEPWATER WIND, which is establishing the first ever offshore wind farm anywhere in either North or South America. And the city of West Warwick, whose wind initiative will offset all of the electricity used by its municipal and school facilities making it a 100% renewable energy user.

 

In live broadcast we will discuss the following:


  • How DEEPWATER WIND is making history
  • How W. Warwick is heading towards 100% renewable energy with wind
  • The business opportunity
  • Challenges and concerns
  • The need for an educated workforce
  • New wind technologies around the corner, and being implemented today
  • What it all means to the consumer, our communities, and existing power suppliers


Our Panel:



Host: Miles Grant

Director of Communications

National Advocacy Center - Washington, DC

Miles is director of communications for National Wildlife Federation, coordinating communications across NWF’s programs to protect wildlife and wild places, connect Americans with nature, and confront climate change. Grant elevates the voices of experts within the National Wildlife Federation and our state affiliates by connecting them with reporters in Washington and across the country. He also helps them tell their stories directly to our members through online media.

 

Grant joined the National Wildlife Federation in 2007 working with a large group of the organization’s members, affiliates and partners to tell their stories of how climate change was hitting home where they hunt and fish. More recently, he’s overseen communications across a range of conservation programs at NWF’s National Advocacy Center in Washington, DC, including the February 2015 launch of NWF’s partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to save America’s monarch butterflies.

 

Prior to joining the National Wildlife Federation, Grant was a television news producer in Washington, DC, Rhode Island, and the Lake Champlain region in upstate New York/Vermont. He’s a longtime volunteer conservation advocate and blogger who graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in broadcast journalism.

 


Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO DEEPWATER WIND

Mr. Grybowski is the Chief Executive Officer of Deepwater Wind, where he manages the company’s portfolio of offshore wind and transmission projects. He has been intimately involved in the development of Deepwater Wind’s path-breaking Block Island Wind Farm since its inception in 2008.


Mr. Grybowski has been at the forefront of shaping the commercial structures and government policies necessary to support offshore wind in the U.S. He plays a key role in the development of federal and state policies governing the leasing, permitting, and commercialization of offshore wind and transmission projects. Through the advancement of the Block Island Wind Farm, Mr. Grybowski has been a leader in establishing the commercial framework for standing up a new renewable energy industry in the United States.


Mr. Grybowski previously served as Chief of Staff to the Governor of the State of Rhode Island, where he was the Governor’s senior advisor on all matters of state business, including fiscal policy, management of state operations, legislative strategy, and the formation and implementation of executive policies. He previously practiced corporate law at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder in Providence, Rhode Island and at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York, New York.


Mr. Grybowski earned an A.B. with Honors in Public Policy from Brown University, a J.D. with High Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, and served as a Law Clerk to the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island.



Fred Presley, W. Warwick Town Manager
Fred Presley is Town Manager of West Warwick, RI, a position he has held since 2013. Fred has over 20 years of professional experience in environmental management, planning, economic development and municipal management. While most of his career has been spent in government, having worked for agencies at the federal, state and local levels, he has also worked internationally as an organizational consultant specializing in the whole systems approach to community and organizational management. He is veteran of US Army and graduate of the Defense Language Institute for Czech and Slovakian. Fred has a B.S. in Resource Development from the University of Rhode Island and a Masters in Public Administration from Norwich University.


Hannah Morini, Wind Energy Development Project Developer
Hannah is a Renewable Energy Industry Professional with both private and public sector experience. She currently works at Wind Energy Development, LLC, a small private company helping to preserve open space through the installation of on-shore wind turbines. Previously, she was the Renewable Energy Program Manager at the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation where she managed all clean energy finance programs of Commerce RI. Prior to that she worked as an Operations Manager, Project Developer and Sales Associate in the wind division of Alteris Renewables, a predecessor to RGS Energy. She also has experience in solar operations management, event planning, research, energy policy, and public speaking. Hannah holds two Bachlelor of Science degrees from the University of Rhode Island in Environmental Science and Resource Management and Coastal and Marine Policy.


Robert Whitcomb, Author and Journalist
Robert recently retired as vice president and editorial-page editor of The Providence Journal. Before joining The Providence Journal, he was the financial editor of the International Herald Tribune, based in Paris; an editor and writer for The Wall Street Journal, based in New York; a writer for The Boston Herald Traveler and the News Journal, in Wilmington, Del; and editor of several books. He has also contributed to Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard, the New York Times, and Cape Business Magazine, among many other publications. He is a member secretary of Aga Khan University Media Thinking Group, and he has twice won the first prize from the Associated Press in the AP’s annual press awards for New England for editorial writing. Bob is the co-author of Cape Wind: Celebrity, Energy, Class, Politics, and a Valiant Battle for Unobstructed Ocean Views on Nantucket Sound, and for the past few years he has been writing and editing articles about the Cape Wind controversy-publishing numerous pro-and-con pieces.


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