Massachusetts Wind Working Group Meeting, May 28, 2014: Speaker Bios


Massachusetts Wind Working Group Meeting, May 28, 2014: Speaker Bios

Megan Amsler, Cape & Islands Self-Reliance Corp

A native Cape Codder, Megan Amsler grew up on an organic farm where systems thinking and sustainability were a way of life. Since 2001 she has been the Executive

Director of Self-Reliance, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote environmentally sound technologies and sustainable practices.

Megan has a wide knowledge of renewable energy technologies. She established Cape

Cod as a Million Solar Roofs partnership, facilitated over 3500 solar installations in the region and has worked on various wind power projects since 1996. Megan is also very involved in workforce training in the clean energy sector. As a partner in Ocean

Readiness, she is working to establish the first hands-on technical offshore renewable energy training & development center in North America to provide technical and health

& safety training for offshore renewable energy workers.

Megan is chair of the Falmouth Energy Committee, treasurer of the Cape & Islands

Renewable Energy Collaborative. She is a member of the board of directors of the Small

Wind Certification Council, the American Solar Energy Society’s Wind Division, The

Upper Cape Regional Technical School’s Advisory Committee, and The Housing

Assistance Corporation. Megan is also an adjunct faculty member at Cape Cod

Community College where she has been teaching renewable energy since 2007.

Nils Bolgen, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

Nils Bolgen is the Wind Program Director at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center – a public agency dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy. In this role he oversees incentive programs and related efforts to advance land-based and offshore wind energy development in Massachusetts.

Prior to joining MassCEC, Nils worked in a similar capacity for a range of renewable energy technologies at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. Nils has also served in program administration and regulation-development roles at the Massachusetts

Division of Energy Resources.

Nils has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from North Adams State College (now

Mass. College of Liberal Arts) and a Master of Environmental Planning degree from

Arizona State University.

Lauren Costello, New Bedford Wind Energy Center

Lauren Costello is an economic development specialist at the New Bedford Wind Energy

Center. The New Bedford Wind Energy Center was established within the New Bedford

Economic Development Council to ensure that the activities to develop the offshore wind industry are fully integrated into the city's comprehensive economic agenda.

The Wind Energy Center is the platform that builds local capacity around offshore wind development in New Bedford, and its mission is to fully capture all of the opportunity

possible for maximum job creation, investment and positive impact throughout the community from offshore wind.

Zara Dowling, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Zara is an IGERT fellow in the NSF funded interdisciplinary doctoral program:

“Offshore Wind Energy Engineering, Environmental Science, and Policy” at UMass

Amherst. She has a Masters in Environmental Science & Technology from the

University of Maryland and has experience conducting field research on a variety of species - everything from dragonflies to box turtles to black ducks to coyotes.

Aileen Kenney, Deepwater Wind

Ms. Kenney is the Vice President of Permitting and Environmental Affairs at Deepwater

Wind in Providence RI. She is responsible for overseeing the environmental surveys and permitting of Deepwater Wind’s portfolio which includes projects off the coast of Rhode

Island, New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts. Aileen has worked on the permitting of wind and other energy projects in the United States and abroad for over 10 years.

Prior to joining Deepwater Wind in May 2010, she was the National Director of Wind

Energy at Tetra Tech EC, Inc. During her time with Tetra Tech, their wind energy program was responsible for permitting over 335 projects representing over 20,000 MW of installed capacity. She co-managed preparation of the Wind Energy Siting Handbook for the American Wind Energy Association, published in 2008.

Mark Rogers, Cape Wind

Mark is Cape Wind’s media spokesperson,and he develops Cape Wind’s communications content for its web and social media sites. He has authored several project articles for scientific journals and magazines. Mark oversees Cape Wind's public relations and has delivered over 300 project presentations to a variety of stakeholder groups. Mark manages Cape Wind’s relationships with all of its non-commercial external stakeholders.

Previously, Mark was a Founder and Director of HealthLink, which initiated successful citizen action campaigns to reduce pollution emissions. He received a B.A. in Political

Science from George Washington University.

Gordon Stewart, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Gordon Stewart is a PhD student in wind energy at UMass. He is working on developing design standards for floating offshore wind turbines. He hopes to be finishing his dissertation early next year.