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Ask an Expert | Lessons Learned and Best Practices for Coexistence with Other Ocean Users

June 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ADT

In this fourth installment of MRC’s Ask an Expert webinar series, we delve into the critical topic of Lessons Learned and Best Practices for Coexistence with Other Ocean Users. Offshore wind is an exciting and rapidly growing industry. However, for this industry to thrive, it is essential to ensure harmonious coexistence with other ocean users and uses.

Join us for an insightful session featuring Dr. Alison Bates, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Colby College in Maine, who brings extensive expertise in environmental policy and marine spatial planning. Dr. Bates will highlight some of the lessons learned from her work in offshore wind and co-existence, providing valuable knowledge and perspective that can inform the responsible development of offshore wind.

Meet the speaker 👇

Alison Bates is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Colby College in Maine. Dr. Bates researches social acceptance of renewable energy systems and implements an equity and justice framework to inform decision-making in the energy transition. Her research includes multiple technologies including offshore wind, community solar, post-disaster energy grid resilience, and energy efficiency. More recently, she has focused on floating wind development, and the possibilities for technical solutions to social challenges with floating wind. She has worked on state and national energy policy with the Maine Governor’s Energy Office and with U.S. Senator Coons to develop markets and policies for renewable energy infrastructure along the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf and in the Gulf of Maine. She earned her PhD in Marine Policy at the University of Delaware Center for Carbon-free Power Integration and has ten years of experience in the non-profit sector for environmental education and public land conservation.

Date: June 20, 2024
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET / 2:00 – 3:00 pm AT
Location: Zoom


June 20
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ADT