A partnership between Simply Blue Group and TotalEnergies
Simply Blue Group, headquartered in Cork, Ireland, is a leading blue economy developer focused on replacing fossil fuels with clean ocean energy. It develops pioneering blue economy projects – floating offshore wind, wave energy and low-impact aquaculture – all in harmony with the oceans. The company has a pipeline of over 9 GW of floating offshore wind projects, primarily in the waters off Ireland and the UK.
Simply Blue Group is committed to creating new economic opportunities for coastal communities, and developing projects that co-exist with sustainable fisheries and marine conservation.
To bring gigawatts of clean offshore wind energy to America’s electricity consumers, from the waters far offshore, where the greatest power potential runs deep.
The offshore wind farms we build will tap this yet-to-be harnessed, deep water, clean energy resource that is sufficient in size to meet the scale of the climate and energy needs before us.
Shaping the future, together
“Our ambition is to install 100 gigawatts of global renewable power generation by 2030, part of which will come from floating offshore wind projects. We are eager to see this partnership with Simply Blue help our Company meet this goal. We are convinced of the large potential of floating offshore wind to provide U.S. coasts with renewable electricity, and are committed to contribute our extensive expertise in offshore projects to make it happen.”
“The future and next frontier of U.S. offshore wind is floating. This joint venture with TotalEnergies has everything we need to deliver floating offshore wind on America’s coasts. Almost two-thirds of U.S. offshore wind resources are found in deeper waters that require floating wind platforms. TotalEnergies SBE US brings together the scale, expertise, and international track record to responsibly develop floating offshore wind power on all of America’s coasts.”
Stéphane Michel, President, Gas, Renewables & Power at TotalEnergies
Sam Roch-Perks, CEO, Simply Blue Group
Floating Offshore Wind in the U.S.
The U.S. has 2,000 GW of technical offshore wind capacity in its coastal waters, 60 percent of which can only be tapped by floating offshore wind turbines, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory reports.
In March 2021, the Biden Administration set a 30 GW goal for U.S. offshore wind by 2030.
Deep waters off the coasts of California, Oregon, Hawaii, Gulf Coast, Great Lakes and the East Coast hold as much as 35 GW of development potential by 2040, utilizing floating wind technology already deployed in other world markets.
Along with accessing deep-water sites, floating wind offers significant advantages in higher yield/capacity factors, ease of installation and minimal visual impact.
Globally, the potential for floating offshore wind energy more than tripled in 2020, to 26.5 GW, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, and floating wind costs are coming down rapidly.
Chief Development Officer, Simply Blue Group
President, TotalEnergies SBE US
KEVIN BANISTER is Simply Blue Group’s Chief Development Officer and President of Simply Blue USA. For almost 10 years, he worked for Principle Power, serving as Vice President, Head of Development. In this position, he led the company’s business and project development activities around the world, which included work with utilities, developers, government officials, stakeholders and policy makers, ultimately leading to a multi-GW pipeline of offshore wind projects, including three U.S. floating wind projects. Based on the U.S. West Coast, he has 20 years in renewable energy with experience in policy, project development, and contract negotiation and planning. He has been a governor appointee to develop state and federal level renewable energy policy mechanisms and has developed projects ranging from electric vehicle charging, to solar power, wave energy and offshore wind. He is the Board Chair for the Pacific Ocean Energy Trust (POET), a Board Director for the World Ocean Council, and is a founding member of Offshore Wind California. Kevin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara and holds an MSc in Economic Development from the London School of Economics.
Head of Offshore Wind U.S., TotalEnergies Renewables
DAVID FOULON is the Head of Offshore Wind U.S. for TotalEnergies Renewables. David spent his first career in the upstream oil and gas industry, learning on the job on offshore platforms, then developing a variety of distressed oil and gas assets around the world, last serving as Vice President Subsurface for TotalEnergies U.S. portfolio. He then pivoted his career toward fostering efficient innovation between startups and large corporations, advising energy transition startups, and leading as a COO the development and deployment of U.S.-based Quidnet company’s energy storage solutions across the lower 48. He recently joined TotalEnergies Renewables USA to mobilize his track record in scaling-up innovation, entrepreneurship, and the efficient deployment of large-scale capitalistic projects, at the service of an extraordinary mission: contribute to accelerate the U.S. Offshore Wind industry ramp-up. David holds an MSc in Engineering from School of Mines (France), and an MSc in Management from Stanford University (USA).
Chief of Strategy and Policy
STEPHANIE MCLELLAN is Chief of Strategy and Policy, North America, for Simply Blue Group, responsible for developing and implementing long-range U.S. plans and goals. She leads development and execution of policy and communications strategies and serves as primary representative to engage and advance partnerships with key stakeholders, including federal and state agencies and policymakers, associations, industry groups and national eNGOs. She is a 12-year veteran of U.S. offshore wind and internationally recognized leader, most recently as Founder/Director of the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (SIOW), a policy program that catalyzed adoption of policies supporting the 30 GW pipeline of offshore wind projects on the Eastern seaboard. At SIOW, she authored cutting-edge policy and cost analyses, developed and promoted policies to reduce costs, and prepared forecasts for U.S. supply chain contracting. Her leadership is widely sought and she is known for her ability to build high-functioning teams and drive collaboration and alliances towards success. Prior to founding SIOW, she was Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Google-backed Atlantic Wind Connection, a proposed offshore transmission backbone. She began her work on offshore wind in 2009, as Policy Director for the Governor of Delaware, the first state with an offshore wind PPA. In 2020 she took a sabbatical to serve on Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. She has a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in public policy from the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware.
Director, US Projects
ALANA DUERR is Director of U.S. Projects for Simply Blue USA, responsible for the development and implementation of market-specific strategies to deploy innovative and cost-effective floating offshore wind projects in the United States. Alana has been part of the offshore wind industry in the U.S. since 2013, with experience in both the public and private sectors. In her previous roles, she served as the Offshore Wind Lead for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office, where she led the offshore wind R&D portfolio, including the Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects, the National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium with NYSERDA, and was a leader in the development and implementation of the 2016 National Offshore Wind Strategy. She most recently was the Director for the North American Offshore Wind team at DNV, helping customers navigate and find solutions over the development lifecycle of offshore wind projects from feasibility to decommissioning. Alana has a Ph.D. in ocean engineering, and a B.S. in naval architecture and marine engineering.
Deputy Chief Development Officer, Simply Blue Group
Senior Advisor, TotalEnergies SBE US
KAROLINA PIETRZAK is Deputy Chief Development Officer for the Simply Blue Group. She has almost 10 years of experience in offshore wind farm development in different roles for utilities as well as consultants working on the German, U.S. and Polish markets. She was responsible for portfolio development on the East and West Coasts of the U.S. She has extensive market insight, networks and experience in defining market-entry strategies and partnerships, including all aspects of early-stage project development. She has experience leading multi-functional teams during offshore wind auctions preparation. She led federal auction preparation for the last auction in Massachusetts in 2018 for a developer, and worked on the first “zero subsidy” offshore wind auction in Germany. Recently, she worked with a major U.S. utility on its 2.6 GW offshore wind project, focusing on technical concept development, construction and operation plan preparation, as well as FDR/FIR strategy. She has a power engineering degree from the Warsaw University of Technology, and speaks fluent English, German and Polish.
Strategic Advisor, West Coast
JASON EISDORFER previously served as the Oregon Public Utility Commission’s (PUC) Utility Program Director, where he oversaw a staff of more than seventy employees. He managed and established the policy directions for the programmatic staff of the PUC and he advised the Commissioners on regulatory and legislative issues relating to electric, natural gas, telephone and water utilities. Previously he served as the senior advisor related to national and state greenhouse gas issues at Bonneville Power Authority (BPA). Prior to working at BPA Jason served as legal counsel and energy program director of the Citizens Utility Board of Oregon for thirteen years. Jason has co-authored legislation related to electric utility operations and to climate change, including the Oregon Renewable Energy Act and the Climate Change Integration Act. Jason received his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law and received certificates of completion in the Environment and Natural Resources Program and the Ocean and Coastal Program. He received his B.A. from the University of Chicago.