October 1 Forum: "Localizing Benefits from Offshore Wind: Energy, Economy & Environment"

September 26, 2018

Sierra Club's Cape Cod Group and 350 Cape Cod invite local residents, businesses, students, and officials to learn more about the potential benefits of Vineyard Wind and other offshore wind projects by attending a forum on Monday, October 1 hosted by Cape Cod Community College.

"Localizing Benefits from Offshore Wind: Energy, Economy & Environment" is scheduled from 6:30–8:00pm in the College's Tilden Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. Beginning at 5:30, representatives from participating organizations will be on hand with information and poster displays.

"Informed citizens, careful thought, sound science, and active collaboration are essential to accelerate the transition to renewable energy while protecting our fragile ecosystems, benefiting our communities, and creating year-round jobs for local workers," says Keith Lewison, chair of Sierra's Cape Cod Group. "We can do this, starting now."

College President John Cox will kickoff the forum with a welcome. “Cape Cod Community College is uniquely situated to respond to the workforce needs of our region’s growing Blue Economy, and we are excited at the opportunity offshore wind represents,” says Cox. “Our students come to 4Cs looking for education that they can put to work locally. Energy and offshore wind training perfectly align with this need.”

Featured speakers are Nils Bolgen, offshore wind program director for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, and Mark Kresowik, northeast director of Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign.

Bolgen will address the state's first-mover initiatives to capitalize on regionally abundant offshore wind resources, as well as provide overviews of Vineyard Wind and future projects. Kresowik will discuss the benefits of harnessing offshore wind while also protecting North Atlantic right whales, other marine mammals, birds, and fisheries.

The forum also will feature an expert panel focusing on specific local opportunities and issues. Panelists include Chris Adams from the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Richard Andre from Vineyard Power, Don Keeran from Association to Preserve Cape Cod, Nate Mayo from Vineyard Power, and Chris Powicki from Cape Cod Community College.

"Cape Codders are already feeling the effects of climate change," says Lisa Coedy, coordinator of 350 Cape Cod. "We need to capitalize on the opportunity to host the nation's first large-scale offshore wind farm and at the same time lay the foundation required to localize benefits from future projects."

Members of Sierra's Cape Cod Group and 350 Cape Cod work together and with citizens across the region and around the state to support clean energy, protect the environment, and stave of the worst effects of climate change. For more information visit www.sierraclub.org/massachusetts/cape-cod-group and www.350capecod.org/.