Please join the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center on Wednesday, May 22nd from 9:00 am to 11:00 am for our Transatlantic Harmonization roundtable, a private event on offshore wind. This workshop will be hybrid: participants will be welcome to join either in-person at Atlantic Council offices or virtually via Zoom. 

The first panel will discuss how regional collaboration is critical to ensuring the success of offshore wind, a technology that can provide semi-baseload generation capabilities in regions that lack viable onshore renewable alternatives. In particular, this discussion will examine challenges in building transmission networks. While the panel will focus on the U.S. northeast, other comparative regions – especially Europe – will receive consideration, with an aim of drawing lessons learned.  

Our second panel will examine issues in transatlantic standardization. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Loans Program Office recently issued a Pathways to Commercial Liftoff: Offshore Wind report that develops a roadmap for the commercialization of the U.S. offshore wind industry. One of the Liftoff report’s recommendations is to garner industry consensus on technology specifications and standards for supply chain buildout. To what extent should standards be uniform across regions, and indeed across the Atlantic? While standardization would lead to economies-of-scale, there are also attendant risks. Join us as we delve into some of these issues.  

This is a private, off-the-record event under Chatham House rules. Please join this conversation either at Atlantic Council offices or via the web application Zoom, which is accessible through your web browser, the Zoom desktop or mobile app, and by phone. Register using the form on this page to receive further information on how to join the discussion. 

For questions about this roundtable, please email Joseph Webster at


9:00 – 9:55 Regional Collaboration and Offshore Wind Transmission Networks

  • Jeffrey S. Dennis, Deputy Director, Transmission, Grid Deployment Office, US Department of Energy
  • Nabil Hitti, VP of Offshore Wind, National Grid Ventures
  • Jeremy McDiarmid, Managing Director and General Counsel, Advanced Energy United
  • Lopa Parikh, Head of Electricity Policy, Orsted
  • Moderated by: Nicole Pavia, Interim Director of Clean Energy Infrastructure Deployment, CATF

9:55 – 10:05     Refreshment Break 

10:05 – 11:00   Issues in Transatlantic Standardization  

  • Aude Schwarzkopf, Head of Commercial Development, Equinor
  • Håvard Wilsher, Principal, Rystad
  • Jonah Ury, Senior Consultant | Transaction Manager, Department of Energy Loans Program Office
  • Moderated by: Joe Webster, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council Global Energy Center

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