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Wind Energy Seminar Series: “An Offshore Wind Energy Developer’s Perspective on Permitting”


Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 4:00pm


Paul Phifer, Permitting Manager, Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind




Mr. Phifer joined Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind as Permitting Manager in November 2019, following a 20-year career in environmental conservation and permitting for the U.S. government. At the federal level, Mr. Phifer worked on a diverse portfolio of issues including international environmental treaties for the U.S. Department of State and for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, endangered species conservation, natural resource damage assessment and restoration, and permitting associated with energy development. For the last decade, Mr. Phifer managed thirteen offices from Maine to Virginia, overseeing permitting projects related to onshore and offshore wind energy, natural gas pipelines and hyrdroelectric power. In this role he ensured coordination and cooperation between multiple state and federal agencies including the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, U.S. Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Mr. Phifer holds a PhD in conservation biology from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Boston College.