June, 15 | 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Track 1D | Decarbonization and the Grid
Pacific Ocean Energy Trust | Program Director
How Offshore Wind and Hydrogen Could Advance Grid Decarbonization in the Western U.S.
A significant new renewable energy resource is emerging on the West Coast in offshore wind, which exhibits several significant differences from the onshore wind and solar resources currently being deployed. These differences include the new complexities of engineering and construction in a deep-water environment, the high required upfront cost to build out port and supply chain infrastructure, and the opportunities and grid planning challenges that emerge from large-scale deployment, which will occur if these efforts are successful. While rapid progress on developing offshore wind has unfolded on the U.S. East Coast in recent years, the West Coast has yet to pass major milestones. That’s on track to change by the end of 2023 with federal leasing in both California and Oregon. Separately from offshore wind, the emerging role of hydrogen in absorbing renewable energy and enabling seasonal storage to support bulk electric grid reliability will be introduced.
Bill Henry is a program director with the Pacific Ocean Energy Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to advance responsible development of ocean-based climate solutions. He leads offshore wind transmission planning and hydrogen hub program areas. Prior to POET, he worked as an independent consultant focused on natural gas system decarbonization and thermal energy-as-a-service project development. Before that he gained experience in a wide range of energy industry consulting services including demand response program management, distributed energy resources and energy market assessments, technology evaluation, and energy market policy. He holds a B.S. in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University, and an M.S. in Engineering & Technology Management from Portland State University.