EnergySource Oct 25, 2022
Does the IRA make US offshore wind the “next big thing?”
By Joseph Webster and Elina Carpen
The Inflation Reduction Act sets the US clean energy industry up for rapid expansion, and offshore wind is no exception. Additional legislation could close remaining gaps and drive US offshore wind to the head of the energy transition.
New Atlanticist Oct 3, 2022
How the West can thwart the next energy pipeline attack
By Olga Khakova, Paddy Ryan, and Elina Carpen
Infrastructure protection, monitoring, and diversification can minimize the risk of future attacks and ensure security of supply as winter approaches.
EnergySourceJun 26, 2023
US offshore wind’s growing pains: Permitting and cost inflation
By Joseph Webster, Elina Carpen
The United States has a nascent offshore wind strategy that requires approving new projects and catalyzing investment into the sector. Two major issues are constraining US offshore wind deployment: challenges in securing permits and cost inflation. How fast the US offshore wind market matures will depend in part on whether the country quickly learns from others who have more developed offshore wind sectors.
Elina Carpen is a program assistant at the Global Energy Center, where she focuses on primarily on energy geopolitics and climate and energy policy. Prior to her time at the Atlantic Council, Carpen worked as a market research analyst for a forestry carbon offset firm where she specialized in corporate environmental, social, and governance policy and US climate and environmental legislation. Carpen also spent time at the North Carolina (UNC) Piedmont Land Conservancy, where she worked on their legal team and supported state lobbying projects. Additionally, Carpen held an undergraduate fellowship at the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she supported research projects on climate law cases involving oil majors, as well as cases related to the Endangered Species Act and National Environmental Policy Act.
Carpen holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she double majored in political science and history and completed a minor in sustainability studies. Carpen also completed an honors thesis in the UNC History Department that focused on Indigenous American environmental history.