Offshore Wind

Due to the current social distancing guidelines and restrictions on public gatherings, our lecture series is in transition. We are working on transitioning to offer lectures in the webinar format. Let us know if that’s something that interests you, especially if you happen to be someone who lives far enough away from Cohasset that a virtual lecture is more convenient than an on-site lecture.

Our most recent lecture by Seth Kaplan was fascinating. Read on.

Steel in the Water: The Promise of Offshore Wind

Download Seth Kaplan’s slides here.

Was held February 5th, 2020

Seth Kaplan, Director Permitting & Development at Mayflower Wind, presented “Steel in the Water: Realizing on the Promise of Offshore Wind”.

Seminar Abstract

Offshore wind is a key tool in building a clean energy economy: a technology that utilizes our local skills and resources to continue our journey away from high-carbon fossil fuel power sources to clean and renewable energy sources. Building wind farms in the waters south of Massachusetts will not only allow us to shift our local power sources by adding to our growing clean portfolio of resources like solar but will also allow us to establish ourselves as leaders for the nation and world and create new career paths for rising new generations from our communities. This talk will walk through the past, present and future of offshore wind and how it fits into our evolving energy system while describing the practical steps needed to permit, develop and build an offshore wind farm and the unique opportunities and challenges this new energy technology faces.   


seth kaplanSeth Kaplan is the Director of Development and Permitting for Mayflower Wind Energy and serves on Mayflower’s Management Team. Previously, Seth managed Government and Regulatory Affairs for EDP Renewables across the Eastern U.S., working on both policy and commercial strategy and execution. Before that, he worked at the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston for 16 years in various capacities, where his last assignment was as Vice President for Climate Policy. His prior offshore wind work included deep involvement in the stakeholder process around the Cape Wind project and serving on the Federal advisory committee that planned the creation and launch of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the regulator of offshore wind in federal waters. He lives in Brookline Massachusetts with his wife (a law professor), children, and a variety of pets.   


Have questions about Steel in the Water: Realizing on the Promise of Offshore Wind? Contact Seth Kaplan

Our lectures are free presentation seminars and discussion events hosted by the Center for Student Coastal Research (CSCR), a non profit organization located in Cohasset on Boston’s South Shore. CSCR educates students in environmental sciences, encourages environmental awareness, and promotes activism.

General attendance and participation is comlimentary, tax deductible donations are welcome.

If you are interested in actively participating in the lecture series program, please contact the organizer Dr. Carsten Haber, CSCR board member.