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Green Night – February 8, 2017

Offshore Wind Energy: a New Frontier for Massachusetts

You are invited to join the Western Mass Green Consortium at the upcoming Green Night from 5PM – 7PM on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at the Platform Sports Bar, 125A Pleasant Street, Northampton!

The event is open to the public, donations welcome.

From 5:00-5:30 grab a drink or order food and chat with others. At 5:30 it’s time to share news, events and make your announcements. The featured presentation begins at 6:00 with Q & A following. At 7:00 we move into the bar where energy is high and we continue with conversations, networking and more food and drink.

Dr. Jim Manwell, Director of UMASS Wind Energy Center updates us on this burgeoning renewable energy in New England.

Gov. Baker’s recent signing of legislation to spur the development of 1600 MW of offshore wind energy off the coast of Massachusetts is likely to mark the beginning of a real transformation of the state’s energy supply. This talk will provide an overview of this new technology, from its original conceptualization at UMass Amherst in the 1970s through its first realization in Europe in the last few decades to its re-entry into New England. The talk will conclude with an overview of offshore wind energy’s potential role in a low-carbon future for the region as well contributing to the revitalization of its ports and maritime infrastructure.

Visit the Wind Energy Center!

James F. Manwell graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in biophysics, from the University of Massachusetts with an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. He is presently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts and the Director of the University’s Wind Energy Center.

Prof. Manwell has been working in field of wind energy for over 30 years, both within the United States and internationally. His research interests have focused on assessment of the wind resource and wind turbine external design conditions, hybrid power system design, energy storage and offshore wind energy

He is the author of “Wind Energy Explained: Theory, Design and Application” and authored or co-authored over 200 journal articles and conference papers. He’s worked with many state, national and international organizations on wind energy design and applications. He is presently a member of the IEC group (IEC TC 88 61400-MT3) which is developing a second edition of the offshore wind turbine design standard.

Jody Lally has a background in environmental policy and has worked in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Dept. at UMASS for the past 8 years. She is the Program Manager for the Wind Energy Center and the Coordinator of the Offshore Wind IGERT program. She will introduce two UMASS interdisciplinary PhD students in the off-shore wind program who will speak about their research.

Bob Darrow is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at UMass Amherst. In August 2016, Gov. Baker signed major energy legislation that will shape renewable energy development in Massachusetts for the the next decade and beyond, including a carve-out for 1600 MW of offshore wind. Bob will discuss the details of this new wind energy policy, how it will be implemented, the effects offshore wind may have on Massachusetts residents, and what citizens can do to engage in the process.

Zara Dowling, a PhD Candidate in Environmental Conservation will give an overview of environmental issues related to wind, and then talk specifically about her research on bats.


Many thanks to our February Sponsor, Associated Energy Developers!

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Mark your calendar and save the dates for the upcoming Green Nights!

March 8th – Repurposing, Refurbishing and Restoring with Wellspring Collaborative
April 12th – Energy Storage – Beyond Batteries
May 10th – GCC’s RE/EE Student Forum with Teresa Jones
June 14th – TBD
July 12th – TBD

Join us at the Platform Sports Bar at Union Station the second Wednesday of every month for Green Night.


The Platform Sports Bar is located in the historic Union Station in Northampton, MA at 125A Pleasant Street. The bar offers a full menu and an extensive list of drinks. Parking adjacent to the bar is free.