Offshore Wind Energy: Emerging Legal Challenges

Navigating Legal Requirements, Obtaining New Government Funding, and Lessons From Successful UK Wind Projects

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Tuesday, November 8, 2011

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Course Materials

This CLE course will provide attorneys representing renewable energy developers with an overview of offshore wind technology, discuss opportunities for funding and developing successful offshore wind projects, and explore current legal and regulatory issues.


The Department of Energy estimates wind resources off U.S. coasts are capable of providing almost enough power for the entire nation. The agency recently announced 2011 Energy Department Grants for Offshore Wind Power totaling over $40 million, making the projects more feasible than ever before.

However, current state and federal policies create complicated legislative and regulatory challenges for developers. Attorneys for renewable energy companies must navigate continually evolving legal requirements to utilize policies that support wind energy projects.

Counsel must consult with and advise their clients on factors that contribute to successful offshore wind development including those related to complicated technologies of turbines and electricity transmission and the delicate relationships between developers and communities.

Listen as our authoritative panel of energy attorneys, the Department of Energy Offshore Wind Manager, an official from an offshore wind developer, and a technical authority on offshore wind projects discusses the best practices for obtaining government funding and developing an offshore wind project.



  1. View from the United States Department of Energy
  2. United Kingdom Offshore Wind Energy: Lessons for the United States
  3. Wind Technology
  4. State of the law in the United States


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What is the process to obtain Department of Energy grant funding?
  • What are the current legal trends in offshore wind technology?
  • What laws and regulations impact Offshore Wind Energy projects?
  • How can legal counsel support good relationships between a project developer and the community?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


Chris Hart
Chris Hart
Offshore Wind Manager
United States Department of Energy

He has served in his current position since July 2010. During his tenure, he has worked to create an offshore wind...  |  Read More

Kimberly Diamond
Kimberly Diamond

Lowenstein Sandler

She is a finance and capital markets lawyer with a diversified practice including work with various renewable and...  |  Read More

Maria Scarlett
Maria Scarlett
Irish Sea Zone Development Manager
Centrica Renewable Energy
Chris Elkinton
Chris Elkinton
Senior Engineer
Garrad Hassan America

His primary focus is wind turbine technology due diligence assessments for the U.S. market. In his position, he also...  |  Read More

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