New York Climate Week Event: Unlocking the Potential of Offshore Wind – Opportunities & Challenges Around Renewable Hydrogen Energy Storage
Dynamo Energy Hub’s September event ‘Unlocking the Potential of Offshore Wind – Opportunities & Challenges Around Renewable Hydrogen Energy Storage’ was co-hosted with the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York. Taking place during Climate Week NYC and the UN General Assembly, we were fortunate to have global and local political leaders, including the Prime Minister of Norway, as well as energy leaders in attendance.
Meade Harris, Co-Founder & CEO of Dynamo opened the event and highlighted Dynamo’s mission to be the future of work for the new energy economy. “The pandemic has changed the way that we work forever. No one wants a 9-to-5 office anymore, but we do want human interactions that can only be found when we’re working together. That’s why Dynamo is building flexible co-working options in cool spaces and fantastic locations around the world.”
Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre began his keynote emphasizing Norway’s critical and shifting role in the global energy transition. Norway was previously the second biggest oil producer in Europe behind Russia, and has now become the largest as Europe moves to sharply reduce its reliance on Russian energy. He also shared Norway’s commitment to exporting 10% more gas this year over last year to help meet Europe’s energy demand this winter. “Paradoxically, Russia’s war with Europe is pushing the energy transition,” he said. “In Norway, we set the target to produce 30 gigawatts of energy from offshore wind by 2040. President Biden has a similar ambition of 30 gigawatts from offshore wind by 2030. We have the opportunity to build partnerships between Norway and the US on this. Our common goal is clear – we want to build a sustainable future.”
In the US, the Norwegian company Equinor is leading the development of four offshore wind developments in the Northeast, and plans to continue expanding. Domestically, Norway is already a leader in electrification, running on 99% of hydro-powered energy, and has now committed to electrifying all economic and industrial sectors. The Scandinavian nation has created a ‘7 pillar’ development strategy for decarbonization: hydrogen, offshore wind, carbon capture and storage, battery storage, greening power-intensive industries, and forestry.
Doreen Harris, CEO and President of NYSERDA reiterated the importance of international partnerships like the one with Dynamo and the Norwegian Government as well as federal and state level policies in helping New York State reach its goal of 9 gigawatts of offshore wind energy and reducing GHGs by 85% by 2050. She also shared that the same day “Governor Hochul issued a critical executive order, which looks at ways in which state operations can be made more sustainable. As agencies and as investors ourselves, [NYSERDA] very much needs to bring forward those changes.”
Albert Cheung, Head of Global Analysis, BloombergNEF shared his research on growth opportunities for offshore wind and hydrogen. Last year, BloombergNEF tracked $750 billion dollars spent globally on the energy transition, with $30 billion going towards offshore wind and only $2 billion going towards hydrogen.
Both offshore wind and hydrogen are poised to grow in the coming decade. Currently, offshore wind produces about 50 gigawatts annually. This is projected to grow steadily until 2025 and then increase by 10 times until 2035, resulting in over 500 gigawatts annually. Fifty countries now have hydrogen strategies in place, and there will be $19 Billion in government investment in hydrogen next year. The public sector has a 70GW target for hydrogen electrolyzers by 2030, and the private sector is even more ambitious, planning for 200 GW within the same timeframe. These public and private initiatives, including the Inflation Reduction Act, will rapidly drive down the cost of hydrogen production, further assisting with scaling. His slides can be found here.
Kristin Barbato, Co-Founder & President of Dynamo, introduced the panel of leaders from international energy companies and the moderator Amy Harder, Executive Editor, Cipher by Breakthrough Energy. The panel included global leaders: Molly Morris, Special Advisor US Renewables at Equinor; Rich Voorberg, President, North America, Siemens Energy; Will Hazelip, President, US, National Grid Ventures; Olivia Breese, Senior Vice President, Ørsted Power2X; and Amanda Dasch, VP Offshore Power Americas, Shell.
During the discussion, Equinor’s Molly Morris reiterated the Prime Minister’s sentiment – Equinor is proud to be able to increase production of natural gas to export to Europe by 10% this year given the volatile geopolitical and energy conditions at the moment. Going forward, the Norwegian energy company plans to maintain a three pillar strategy: to continue to be a producer of oil and gas globally in the lowest carbon way possible; to build a renewable business focused on offshore wind; and to focus on developing low carbon solutions including blue and green hydrogen hubs and carbon capture and storage solutions.
Olivia Breese joined from the Danish renewable energy developer, Ørsted. With 17 gigawatts of offshore and onshore wind currently in operation, and 5 gigawatts under development in the US, Ørsted plans to have 50 gigawatts of offshore wind and onshore wind operational globally by 2030. They are also actively developing a portfolio of green hydrogen and efuels across Europe, working hand-in-hand industry leaders to decarbonize key industries.
Amanda Dasch, the VP of Offshore Power for Shell in the Americas shared the company’s ambition to become a renewable energy company by 2050. Shell is heavily focused on scaling renewable solutions by leveraging their experience with investments, marketing building, technology and innovation. They currently have 19+ gigawatts of offshore wind capacity in operation and in development globally, and aim to be a leader in building the global hydrogen economy. Shell currently operates 10% of the global electrolyzer capacity, and is investing in new infrastructure that will become the largest electrolyzer in Europe, producing 200 megawatts in 2025.
Richard Voorberg of Siemens Energy shared that the energy company had recently split off from Siemens and will own 100% of Siemens Gamesa by the end of 2022. They’re prioritizing the transition to renewables: “Our traditional energy sources pay the bills today, but they’re funding the future of the energy transition. That’s what we’re excited about.” Siemens Energy is also focused on offshore wind development and building their hydrogen business in the US and Europe.
National Grid Ventures’ Will Hazelip, shared their new Northeast Clean Energy Vision. National Grid is planning for significant production of clean energy with offshore wind, electric transmission, storage and clean fuel, including a large focus on hydrogen. In partnership with RWE, they secured the largest lease in the New York Bight, and are actively developing over 3 GW of offshore wind. They’re also looking to use hydrogen for electricity production, updating legacy generation facilities to support the use of hydrogen, and integrating hydrogen into the mass distribution network thus creating significant sources of hydrogen demand.
The panelists also spoke to the importance of the Inflation Reduction Act. At this volatile time with a war and impending energy crisis in Europe, the IRA provides assurance for private companies to invest confidently in US infrastructure and supply chains.
Shell’s Amanda Dasch put it succinctly – “the most important word is ‘certainty.’ The State goals are translated into State law, as well as rules and regulations. This is critical so that the industry has the certainty it needs to make investments, and we have that here in New York.”
Olivia Breese reiterated this point,”It’s ‘certainty’ in an uncertain world that really sets the US apart at the moment.” She also pointed out that the IRA also offers the US an opportunity to build an export market. “The US has leapfrogged to the top of the global tables for the most efficient place to produce e-ammonia at scale. That also is going to further contribute to the investment, jobs, and supply chain development that we’re going to see increasingly across the US in the coming years.”
Richard Voorbug concluded by highlighting the importance of grid and transmission infrastructure while new energy sources are being brought online. With 30 gigawatts of offshore wind infrastructure currently in development off the coast, there needs to be better grid solutions and transmission to bring that energy on-shore. Green hydrogen, produced at offshore platforms, is an effective option in storing and transporting that energy on-shore while grid and transmission stations are in development.
We hope to see you at our next event in October with CreditSuisse “Innovating in Bio-Based and Climate Tech Solutions” on October 6th! And don’t miss our Dynamo London Hub launch in conjunction with BloombergNEF‘s Summit London, ‘Climate Tech & Tonic.‘
Jonas Gahr Støre, Prime Minister of Norway
Jonas Gahr Støre has served as Prime Minister of Norway since 2021 and leader of the Norwegian Labour Party since 2014. Previously serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Health, Støre has also been chief of staff at WHO under Gro Harlem Bruntland and held several senior positions in the civil service and humanitarian organisations. Støre underwent naval officer training and holds a degree in political science from the Institut d’études politiques in Paris. He is married with three children.
Albert Cheung, Head of Global Analysis, Bloomberg
Albert leads the global analyst team at BloombergNEF, a leading provider of primary research on commodities and the low-carbon transition. He oversees BNEF’s research output on the low-carbon transition, including clean energy, transport, buildings, industry and sustainable finance, providing strategic oversight and managing the development and delivery of BNEF’s global research agenda. Albert and his team work closely with energy companies, technology and manufacturing companies, financial institutions and policymakers, supporting them as they navigate the transition towards a cleaner future.
Doreen Harris, President and CEO, NYSERDA
Doreen has held public and private sector leadership roles advancing clean energy projects and engineering companies for more than 20 years. During her tenure at NYSERDA, she has held executive, technical, and policy positions, including Vice President of Large-Scale Renewables. Doreen has overseen the State’s nation-leading advancement of renewable resources under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act and Clean Energy Standard. Ms. Harris has also spearheaded the strategic development of New York’s offshore wind resource, including the execution of the State’s offshore wind master plan.
Amy Harder, Executive Editor, Cipher by Breakthrough Energy
Amy Harder is executive editor of Cipher by Breakthrough Energy. Amy is one of the top national energy and climate change reporters in the country, having built up a reputation of being a uniquely balanced and influential journalist with respect across the spectrum. She joined Breakthrough Energy in early 2021 to help launch Cipher, a publication covering the opportunities and challenges of the energy transition. Before joining Breakthrough, Amy was with Axios full time since shortly after it launched in 2017, based in Washington DC.
Molly Morris, Special Advisor, US Renewables, Equinor
Molly joined Equinor in 2008 and has for over twenty years worked in the Refining, Oil and Gas downstream marketing and trading industries. Molly assumed her current position as Special Advisor, US Renewables, on May 1, 2022. In the timeframe 2008 – 2022, Molly held several trading and management positions for Equinor including Senior Vice President of Crude, Products, and Liquids, VP Products and Liquids trading, Manager Global LPG trading, and Manager of North America LPG and Light Ends trading.
Olivia Breese, CEO & Senior Vice President, Ørsted Power 2X
Olivia is the CEO and Senior Vice President of Ørsted’s green hydrogen and e-fuels business “Power2X” globally and a member of the Commercial Executive Committee. Over her decade at Ørsted, Olivia has led a variety of global commercial teams, with a focus since on expanding Ørsted’s historic footprint beyond Northern Europe and into North America and Asia Pacific. Before joining Ørsted, Olivia worked within the development and project financing of renewable energy projects, first at Linklaters LLP and subsequently at RES Group. Olivia holds an MSc in Sustainable Development from the School of Oriental and Asian Studies in London, a Masters in Law and a degree in English Literature from Oxford University.
Richard Voorberg, President, North America, Siemens Energy
Richard is President of the North America Hub of Siemens Energy, based in Orlando, FL. In this role, he has regional responsibility for the Energy business in the Americas, which includes the company’s Generational, Industrial Applications, and Transmission divisions. Most recently, Richard served as the Head of Service in North America, where he was responsible for managing all aspects of Large Power Service including Gas Turbines, Steam Turbines, Generators and Nuclear. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Board for Advanced Airfoil Components.
Will Hazelip, President, US Northeast, National Grid Ventures
Will is the President of National Grid Ventures (NGV), US Northeast. NGV operates outside of National Grid’s regulated business in the US and UK, where it develops, operates, and invests in energy projects, technologies, and partnerships to accelerate the development of a clean energy future. He is responsible for identifying new growth opportunities and strategic partnerships that will enable a clean energy future. He leads a diverse, cross-functional team who manages a portfolio of energy infrastructure businesses. Will joined National Grid in 2015 as Vice President of Business Development to help create and grow NGV, and today it operates at $50 million profit.
Amanda Dasch, VP Offshore Power Americas, Shell
Amanda joined Shell in 2006 as a production geologist based in Houston. From 2009 to 2015, she held production, development and exploration roles in Shell’s Shales and Deep-Water businesses, as well as roles in finance, business planning, and strategy. In 2016, Amanda assumed the role of Business Advisor to the Upstream Director based in The Hague before moving in 2017 to Brunei as the West Asset Manager for Brunei Shell Petroleum’s offshore oil and gas business. From August 2020, Amanda held the role of VP Strategy and Portfolio for Upstream based in The Hague and she has now transitioned into her current role as VP Offshore Power Americas and is based in the US.