BALTIMORE—Womble Bond Dickinson had a transatlantic presence at the 2018 Maryland State of the Ports event, as US Energy Sector Leader Joe Tirone and UK Energy Sector Leader Chris Towner both took part in a panel discussion on offshore wind energy.

Offshore wind energy in Maryland will have a huge impact on the port, reduce carbon emissions, and create economic growth across the region. This session provided insights into the offshore wind industry including the lifecycle of developing an offshore wind farm, international perspectives including lessons learned from UK's offshore wind industry, and local environmental and economic impacts of an offshore wind farm.

Towner joined panelists Kerry Doyle, Chief Commercial Officer at Tradepoint Atlantic, Josh Cohen, Director of Communications and Outreach/Maryland State Director for the Business Network for Offshore Wind, and Joy Weber, Development Manager for Deepwater Wind, in the discussion. Tirone moderated the panel discussion.

The Maryland State of the Ports event also featured a breakout session on “Port Automation & Cyber Security.” The event, which was co-hosted by the Maryland Department of Transportation and Ports America Chesapeake, took place Sept. 26 in Baltimore. Click here for more information .

Other Womble Bond Dickinson attendees included attorneys Patrick Buckler, Mike Dow and Brian Meltzer and Client Service Director Candace Gill.

Womble Bond Dickinson was a Breakout Sponsor of the 2018 Maryland State of the Ports event.

Joe Tirone focuses on energy project and infrastructure development, mergers and acquisitions and project finance. He has represented energy sector companies in structuring, negotiating and drafting a range of complex contracts and agreements. Tirone advises various stakeholders in a broad range of issues in the renewable generation sector, including developers, equity participants, equipment providers, and financing parties. His experience includes working as in-house counsel for an independent power producer in connection with the development, construction and finance of power generation facilities

Chris Towner focuses his practice on the commercial aspects of energy projects. He has extensive experience advising a range of investment banks and public sector clients in relation to a wide range of issues connected with the UK electricity and gas markets. Since joining the firm in 2006, Towner has counseled clients on renewable energy projects. He chairs the RenewableUK Offshore wind delivery group.