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The Offshore Wind Skills Academy (OWSA) is for professionals from traditional energy industries, supply chain companies, regulators, investors, consultants and any others wanting an in-depth knowledge of this industry. (OWSA is not targeted to trades, managers, planners, vessel operators or craftsmen; training for them is being developed at the local level.) OWSA’s lecturers are industry experts with European or North American experience. The OWSA fills an important gap in the path to develop and rapidly expand this new industry in North America.

Project Development from A to Z
November 28-December 2, 2022
9 a.m. -1 p.m. EST

Advanced development permitting, vessels, supply chain, deployment, operations and maintenance, and decommissioning. Download a PDF of our 2020-2022 course brochure for additional details.

Cost: $1,800

Cost includes course materials and interactive discussion with instructors and participants.

A limited number of support scholarships are available. Please contact Rebecca Cox to see if you qualify and to receive the discount code.


Online – Participants will receive access details upon successful registration.


The OWSA draws on experienced wind industry professionals from Denmark and the United States who have contributed to building projects and developing the industry.  The instructors listed below have taught in previous sessions.

Lars Høst Johansen, M.Sc. Mechanical Engineer
Before joining the Ørsted wind department, where he serves as senior WTG development specialist, Lars Høst Johansen spent close to 10 years as a product engineer at Vestas.

Deniz Ozkan, Ph.D., MBA, Invenergy
Currently working on Mayflower Wind Project, Deniz Ozkan was previously with Atlantic Grid Development. Along with her experience in energy investment and cost of electricity analysis, she has extensive technical knowledge and spent 13 years in energy and power markets, utilities, RTOs, transmission planning and grid integration. She also analyzed transmission and interconnection for AGD and cost of energy projections for New York and Massachusetts.

Jordan R.P. Shoesmith, PMO and bid development for Vineyard Wind, Business Developer for Copenhagen Offshore Partners
Jordan R. P. Shoesmith has expertise in U.S. offshore wind, New England Class I REC markets, large-scale renewables, renewable energy procurement and contracting, and ISO New England-administered wholesale markets. 

Stephanie McClellan, Ph.D., Founding Director for Special Initiative on Offshore Wind and Director for Renewables Consulting Group
Stephanie McClellan wrote the influential March 2019 “Supply Chain Contracting Forecast for U.S. Offshore Wind Power.” She has expertise in coordinating multiple entities in the energy sector to achieve common goals.

Kris Ohleth, Executive Director, Special Initiative on Offshore Wind
Kris Ohleth was previously an environmental specialist at Ecology and Environment, executive director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean, and director of Environmental Programs at Deepwater Wind. She has a master’s degree in ocean and coastal policy from the University of Rhode Island.

James Bennett
James Bennett brings nearly 40 years of experience in the environmental and energy sectors to his current position overseeing federal offshore renewable energy activities. Previously, he led the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Division of Environmental Assessment ensuring its compliance with the environmental laws for federal Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) programs, including oil and gas, sand and gravel, and renewable energy. For the past five years, he has served as the program manager for offshore renewable energy focusing on the birth of an industry while witnessing an explosion of interest in and activity around offshore wind energy, particularly in the promising waters of the Atlantic.

Richard Palmer, Vice President of Weeks Marine, Inc.
Currently serving as vice president of Weeks Marine, Inc., Richard Palmer provides project oversight and market development in the areas of offshore wind energy, tidal energy and marine pipelines, as well as leadership in strategic heavy civil and marine partnerships. He holds a master’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University.

Hans Schneider
Hans Schneider has been a top executive and board member within the offshore wind power business for 13 years. He has deep experience in the offshore wind sector and formerly served as CEO of ALL NRG A/S and chief operating officer of A2SEA A/S. Schneider has also worked as an advisor for Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners in relation to the development of U.S. and Canadian offshore wind.

C.P. (Sandy) Butterfield, CEO of Boulder Wind Consulting
A graduate of the UMass Wind Program, C.P. (Sandy) Butterfield is co-founder and vice president of engineering at ESI. Butterfield has also served as the chief engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and co-founder and CEO of Boulder Windpower. He has served as chairman for IECTC88 (wind turbine standard) as well as the founding chair of IECRE.

For more information or questions regarding the Offshore Wind Skills Academy, please contact Rebecca Cox at or 302-831-2336.

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