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Who is the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind?

The Special Initiative on Offshore Wind is housed at the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, with funding from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, New York Community Trust, John Merck Fund and Mertz Gilmore Foundation. Seeing the signals that the time is ripe for a fully dedicated policy, research and catalytic initiative, the support provided by these philanthropic organizations have been a significant booster of offshore wind efforts.

The University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment (CEOE) is uniquely positioned to build awareness and consensus driving the deployment of offshore wind. The University’s Center for Carbon-free Power Integration has a long record of offshore wind academic research and teaching. Recent notable research has been published on world wind
power resources, and on running a region on offshore wind, onshore wind and solar. UD’s offshore wind academic programs are housed in the CEOE, but with strong links to the College of Engineering, Center for Composite Materials, and others.


This initiative is separate from, yet complements, existing and long-standing University of Delaware efforts on offshore wind power housed in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, and UD's Center for Carbon-free Power Integration.

-Work to bridge understanding/collective action by capitalizing on lessons learned from Europe and the UK;
-Produce objective analytics of the value of offshore wind energy;
-Develop an understanding, compelling message on offshore wind's value proposition;
-Conduct, with other offshore wind stakeholders, broad outreach and education to policymakers and decision-makers;
-Foster collaboration and innovation to increase market size and reduce cost;
-Serve as a resource to craft customized solutions/answers to states considering and/or pursuing offshore wind.


Stephanie McClellan, Ph.D., SIOW Director

Leading the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind in Stephanie McClellan, Ph.D., who has offshore wind power experience in both the private and public sectors. She previously served as Director of Strategic Initiatives and Outreach for the Google-backed Atlantic Wind Connection. Working for this offshore wind infrastructure project put Dr. McClennan in close contact with the majority of offshore wind developers, policy-makers in multiple offshore wind states, and the vast network of state and national offshore wind advocates. Dr. McClellan took a lead role in the offshore wind industry after her immersion in the field as Policy Director for Delaware Governor Jack A. Markell. In that position she witnessed first-hand the struggles and disappointments of a state willing but not able to capitalize on its abundant wind energy resources.

Willett Kempton, Ph.D., Professor, University of Delaware

Dr. Willett Kempton is a professor in the University of Delaware's School of Marine Science and Policy within the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. Dr. Kempton is the Research Director for UD's Center for Carbon-free Power Integration. His research interests and areas include: offshore wind power: public reactions, policy framework, large scale implementation; electricity policy; and electric vehicles for grid power storage. He has a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Deniz Ozkan, Ph.D., Director of Analysis, Research and Systems Engineering, Atlantic Grid Development

Dr. Deniz Ozkan is an engineer working in the area of analysis, project design and permitting for Atlantic Grid Development (AGD). Dr. Ozkan has conducted extensive research in the field of optimizing the siting of offshore wind energy facilities from both an engineering and economic perspective. Dr. Ozkan understands the constraints that affect wind farm siting and is instrumental in ensuring that offshore wind plant and transmission design is focused on the efficient and economical development of the offshore wind industry. Dr. Ozkan has a Ph.D. in Engineering Management / Economics, Finance and Cost Engineering from The George Washington University, and an MBA in Management and Organization and a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey. Dr. Ozkan has conducted more than eight years of research in the fields of renewable energy, sustainability, and integrated system analysis.


SIOW Fact Sheet: World turning on to OSW (March 2015)

Invitation - Congressionl Briefing (June 12, 2104)

Press Release - SIOW Launch (February 25, 2014)


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