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  • March 18 - 22, 2024
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Sam Eaton


Chief Executive Officer, RWE Offshore Holdings, LLC; Director, Offshore Development (Americas)

Mr. Eaton is responsible for leading RWE’s Offshore Wind activities in the U.S. including RWE’s offshore wind projects in New York Bight and California. Mr. Eaton has spent nearly two decades in the energy industry in a broad array of positions ranging from strategic and management consulting, mergers and acquisitions, project development, and corporate relations. Most recently, Mr. Eaton was employed by Eversource Energy in corporate strategy and corporate relations where he was responsible for leading the development of an electric vehicle charging network and energy storage facilities, completing the acquisition of an interest in the Deepwater Wind offshore wind portfolio, and supporting the development of multiple offshore wind projects in New England and New York. Mr. Eaton has led or supported more than $12 billion of mergers and acquisitions during his career. Mr. Eaton graduated with honors from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.

Sessions With Sam Eaton

Thursday, 9 March

  • 02:30pm - 03:10pm (CST) / 09/mar/2023 08:30 pm - 09/mar/2023 09:10 pm

    U.S. Offshore Wind: Surging power

    Power & Renewables
    Over 60 GW of offshore wind capacity is installed globally, with only two small projects totaling 42 MW in the United States. As costs continue to drop, several states across the entire country are announcing capacity targets in excess of 68 GW and dedicated leasing and solicitation rounds as they see both bottom fixed and floating offshore wind playing an important role in their future energy generation mixes. This has been boosted by the current U.S. Administration’s 30 GW ambition by 2030 and the Inflation Reduction Act. However, increasing site and construction complexity, lengthy permitting, hard-to-scale supply chains, lack of transmission grids and high commodity price volatility remain major obstacles for the industry to overcome. How can the industry address these challenges through partnerships and transfer of skills across companies and sectors to deliver at the required scale? And what are some emerging opportunities?