Offshore Wind Skills Academy

The University of Delaware and the Danish Energy and Climate Academy (ECA) have jointly created an Offshore Wind Skills Academy (OWSA). OWSA builds on both the ECA’s experience training over 2,000 European wind power professionals and UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, & Environment’s research and graduate education in U.S. offshore wind power.

The OWSA is targeted for professionals from traditional energy industries, supply chain companies, regulators, investors, consultants and any others who may be new to the offshore wind industry. (OWSA is not targeted to trades, vessel operators and craftsmen; training for them is being developed at the local level.)  OWSA will draw lecturers from industry experts, including project developers, original equipment manufacturers and engineers, all with European or North American experience.  The OWSA fills an important gap in the path to develop and rapidly expand this new industry in North America.

Instructors’ brief bios:

The OWSA draws on experienced wind industry professionals from the U.S. and Denmark who have contributed to building projects and developing the industry.  Instructors’ current and former organizations are shown, only for identification, along with representative experience.

Wiebke Langreder, MSc, Head of Wind Consulting, EMD International A/S.  22 years’ international experience in wind resource and risk assessment. Wind resource, bankable energy yield, and technical risk assessments—including the offshore projects:  Borssele, Horns Rev III, Kriegers Flak, Lillegrunden, Lillgrund, Vattenfall Nearshore, and Binhai North H2.

Michael Thompson, of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ), and Northland Power.  Thompson has over thirty years of experience in energy sector project development, project risk assessment, project finance, investment and commercial banking.  He helped lead the development and financing of Gemini, Nordsee 1, and many conventional power projects.

Lars Høst Johansen, M.Sc. Mechanical Engineer.  For almost a decade Lars worked as product engineer at Vestas before he joined Ørsted Wind Department, where he serves as Senior WTG Development Specialist. 

Kaj Lindvig, 15 years as top executive and board member within the Offshore Wind Power business. Former CEO, A2SEA A/S, chairman of the board, K2Manangement A/S; deep experience in the offshore wind sector.

Deniz OzkanPhD, MBA; Americas Valuation Lead at Shell New Energies, Offshore Wind. Currently working on Mayflower Wind Project. Previously with Atlantic Grid Development. Energy investment and cost of electricity analysis. Extensive technical knowledge and 13 years of experience in energy and power markets, utilities, RTOs, transmission planning and grid integration. Analyzed transmission and interconnection for AGD, and cost of energy projections for New York and Massachusetts.

Jordan R. P. Shoesmith, PMO & Bid Development at Vineyard Wind, Business Developer at Copenhagen Offshore Partners.  Expertise in U.S. offshore wind, New England Class I REC markets, large scale renewables, renewable energy procurement and contracting, and ISO New England-administered wholesale markets.

Lauren Burm, Head of Public Affairs and Communications, Ørsted North America.  Previous positions with Entergy, state of Massachusetts.  Worked in public affaird from Nuclear power prior to offshore wind.  Now doing stakeholder outreach and public affairs for offshore wind projects such as South Fork and Block Island.

Stephanie McClellan, PhD, Founding Director, Special Initiative on Offshore Wind & Director, Renewables Consulting Group.  Author of the influential March 2019 “Supply Chain Contracting Forecast for U.S. Offshore Wind Power”.  Expertise coordinating multiple entities in the energy sector to achieve common goals.

Tim Mack, business development, EEW Steel Trading Offshore Wind, Petro Steel LLC, ArcelorMittal.   Deep knowledge of the supply chain for foundations and other steel components.  Understanding of how state policies affect development in the supply chain.

Kris Ohleth, Senior Manager of Stakeholder Engagement at Ørsted. She was previously an Environmental Specialist at Ecology and Environment; Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean; and Director of Environmental Programs at Deepwater Wind. Ms. Ohleth has a Master’s in Ocean and Coastal Policy from the University of Rhode Island.

James Bennett, currently overseeing Federal offshore renewable energy activities, with nearly 40 years of experience in the environmental and energy sectors. Previously, Jim led the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Division of Environmental Assessment ensuring the Bureau’s compliance with the environmental laws for Federal Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) programs, including oil and gas, sand and gravel, and renewable energy. For the past 5 years he has served as the Program Manager for offshore renewable energy focusing on the birth of an industry while witnessing an explosion of interest in and activity around offshore wind energy, particularly in the promising waters of the Atlantic.





OWSA: 2020 Information


January 27 – 29, 2020 – Project Development from A to Z; three-day course, $2400

Costs include light breakfast, catered lunch and course materials.


A limited number of support scholarships are available for advanced students in wind power graduate programs.


Newark Campus
University of Delaware Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus
540 S. College Ave.

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