The first-ever North American Offshore Wind Conference & Exhibition opened recently in Atlantic City, N.J. Hosted by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), in collaboration with the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), the three-day conference features keynote speeches from U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno.
The North American Offshore Wind Conference & Exhibition brings more than 1,500 wind industry leaders, government officials and business executives to Atlantic City. The conference will highlight the full range of action happening in this emerging wind energy industry segment: development opportunities throughout the coastal and lake regions of North America, potential rewards of becoming a player in the offshore space, financing options and challenges, and even project design and siting options. The Exhibition show floor will feature more than 120 exhibiting companies from the offshore wind market.
Atlantic City was selected as the venue for this premier conference in light of New Jersey’s offshore wind potential and the strong policy signals the state has already given the industry. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act into law on July 19, 2010. The Act will provide $100 million in tax credits for offshore wind developments in the Atlantic Ocean that connect to the New Jersey grid
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