About Simply Blue’s U.S. Initiatives
Consistent with Simply Blue Group’s mission as a leading blue economy developer, SBG is expanding its operations into the U.S. to bring floating offshore wind power to a market that represents a 30 GW industry opportunity by 2040. *Read 8/17/21 Press Release
As industry and policy leaders seek solutions to speed the clean energy transition, experts report almost two-thirds of U.S. offshore wind resources are in deeper waters requiring floating wind platforms, and this technology will ultimately match fixed offshore wind for delivering reliable, cost-competitive clean power to the 80 percent of Americans living in U.S. coastal communities.
With a current floating offshore wind footprint of over 3.2 GW in development in Ireland and the UK and a total project pipeline of over 9 GW, Simply Blue is committed to bringing its expertise and experience in responsible development of this innovative clean energy technology to the next frontier — sustainable floating wind power off America’s coasts.
Chief Development Officer & President, Simply Blue USA
KEVIN BANISTER is Simply Blue’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.
Deputy Chief Development Officer
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.
Chief of Strategy and Policy, North America
STEPHANIE MCLELLAN is Chief of Strategy and Policy, North America, for Simply Blue, 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.
Offshore Floating 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 national goal to jumpstart U.S. offshore wind power and generate 30 GW by 2030.
While early attention has focused on fixed platforms in shallow East Coast waters, the deeper waters off California, Oregon, Hawaii, Gulf Coast, Great Lakes and also the East Coast hold as much or more potential for development – as much as 30 GW by 2040 – utilizing floating wind technology already deployed in other world markets.
Along with greater flexibility to access deep-water sites, floating wind offers significant advantages in higher yield/capacity factors, ease of installation and minimal visual impact with over-the-horizon siting.