Clean, renewable offshore wind is coming to the West Coast. In 2021, California and Oregon each passed legislation laying the groundwork for their respective state-level offshore wind programs. What will it take to make this a reality in Washington State?
Ryan Calkins, Commissioner, Port of Seattle
Ryan Calkins was elected to the Port of Seattle Commission in 2017 and re-elected in 2021. Ryan works as a nonprofit professional at Ventures, a charitable organization that supports low-income entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses in the Puget Sound area. For more than a decade, Ryan ran an import and distribution company in Seattle that was recognized for its industry-leading sustainability initiatives. In 2007, he formed Seattle Microfinance Organization, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to capital for entrepreneurs with limited economic resources. Ryan began his career in Central and South America, working for disaster relief and human rights nonprofits.
Commissioner Calkins focuses on sustainable economic development at the Port of Seattle, working to ensure that our region’s prosperity is shared among all our communities. Ryan balances current needs with a long-term vision for the Port of Seattle, to ensure that one of our region’s most valuable public assets will continue to thrive for generations to come.
Alla Weinstein, CEO, Trident Winds
Alla Weinstein is a global leader in marine renewable energy development. Ms. Weinstein instigated offshore wind being proposed in California through developing the Castle Wind project in Morro Bay. She brings more than 20 years of experience in permitting marine renewables, technology development, energy markets and project financing. Ms. Weinstein is the founder and CEO of Trident Winds, a deep-water offshore wind project development company. She is also the CEO of Castle Wind, a joint venture between Trident Winds and TotalEnergies. Prior to founding Trident Winds, Ms. Weinstein founded and ran two marine renewables technology companies.
Ms. Weinstein founded and served as a first President of the European Ocean Energy Association (presently named Ocean Energy Europe), an industry association providing the voice of Europe’s ocean renewable energy industry. Prior to her work in marine renewables, Ms. Weinstein managed multimillion-dollar domestic and international projects in the field of aviation working for, and with, Fortune 100 companies like Honeywell and Boeing.
She currently serves as Governor Jay Inslee’s Energy Appointee on the Washington State Coastal Marine Advisory Council. She is also a U.S. Department of Energy appointed ambassador for the U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative. Ms. Weinstein is a frequent speaker in the United States and Europe on the development of renewable energy.
Heather Mann, Executive Director, Midwater Trawlers Cooperative
Heather Munro Mann has served as the executive director of MTC since 2013. On behalf of the organization, Heather sits on a number of boards and committees, including the North Pacific Fishery Management Council Advisory Panel and the Seafood Harvesters of America Board of Directors. She chairs the Port of Newport’s Commercial Fishing Users Group (CFUG) committee and has extensive experience in the commercial fishing and seafood processing industry. Prior to joining MTC, she was the deputy director of the West Coast Seafood Processors Association and the director of the Seafood Consumer Center/Community Seafood Initiative. A native of Massachusetts, Heather currently resides in Newport.
Brent Paine, Executive Director, United Catcher Boats
Brent Paine has served as the Executive Director of United Catcher Boats (UCB) since 1994. UCB is a non-profit trade association that represents the interests of the owners of 71 trawl catcher vessels that participate in the West Coast whiting fishery, the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands Pollock, Pacific Cod and Yellowfin Sole fisheries. Prior to his employment at UCB, Brent was a staff member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. UCB has been an active industry participant in the Regional Fishery Management Process that governs the federal fisheries off the West Coast and Alaska.
Ankur K. Tohan, Partner, K&L Gates
Ankur Tohan is a partner in the firm’s Seattle office and a practice group coordinator for the firm’s global Environment, Land, and Natural Resources practice group. Ankur’s practice focuses on energy infrastructure and natural resource development, compliance counseling, and defense of governmental and citizen enforcement actions. With an emphasis on renewable energy development and carbon management, Ankur advises a variety of industries on issues related to energy transition, expanding opportunities in the blue economy, as well as the impact of shifting carbon policies. In addition, Ankur works with clients on a broad range of complex regulatory, permitting, and enforcement matters, under federal and state laws, related to wildlife and natural resource management, pollution control, and cleanup of hazardous wastes.
Ankur assists clients with complex regulatory, permitting, and enforcement matters under a range of environmental statutes, including the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Clean Air Act (CAA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), Comprehensive, Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), and Model Toxic Control Act (MTCA).
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Upcoming Debates Include:
- April 20, 2023 – Washington’s Working Forests – Register here now!
2023 Debate Topics:
- February 2023 – Future-Proofing Farming: Will Agriculture Move Indoors?
2022 Debate Topics:
- November 2022 – Lower Snake River Dam Removal at Energy Leadership Summit 2022
- October 2022 – Offshore Wind Development on the West Coast
- May 2022 – Decarbonizing Transportation: Public and Private Sector Views on EV
- March 2022 – Reframing the Discussion: Building a Better Future by Decarbonizing the Built Environment
2021 Debate Topics:
- September 2021 – The Next Disruptor in the Transition to a Clean Energy Economy: Hydrogen or Fusion?
- May 2021 – The Role of Natural Gas in the Transition to a Clean Energy Economy
- March 2021 – The Biden Clean Energy Plan: Does it Go Far Enough?
2020 Debate Topics:
- August 2020 – Is Nuclear Energy Critical to our Carbon Goals?