Lessons from Energiewende: Applying German Solutions for Sustained US Supply Chain Growth



Atlantic City ,
Venue: Atlantic City Convention Center
Key Topic: Growth in the US


The German Offshore Wind Initiative GOI invites all visitors of the IPF2022 to the workshop “Lessons from Energiewende: Applying German Solutions for Sustained US Supply Chain Growth”. In this panel discussion , German companies report on their diverse experiences in the development of offshore wind projects in Europe. They will also reflect on how the lessons they learned can apply to the evolving U.S. supply chain. Representatives from the companies Deutsche Windtechnik , Wind Grid (Elia Group) and RWE Renewables GmbH will be there.

Each panelist represents a distinct and critical aspect of the supply chain: operations and maintenance, transmission, certification and foundations. US Representative Mike Matthews (German Offshore Wind Initiative GOI) will moderate the discussion from a macroeconomic and market policy perspective. Learn how the “Lessons from Energiewende” of GOI companies can be transferred to the US offshore wind industry to flatten the learning curve in the supply chain and reduce the cost of offshore wind energy in the US. Participation is free for all visitors of the IPF2022.

We look forward to sharing and discussing these points during IPF 2022! You are also welcome to visit us at the booth of the German Offshore Wind Initiative GOI: Booth #223, Atlantic City Convention Center .


When & Where

April 28, 2022 8:30am-9:30am

Atlantic City Convention Center – 313

Workshops – Track 7: Growth in the U.S.



Mike Matthews (US Representative German Offshore Wind Initiative GOI)

Mike Matthews

As the US representative of the German Offshore Wind Initiative GOI, Mike Matthews works to help bridge the gap between German small-to-medium enterprises and the myriad gaps in the U.S. offshore wind supply chain. Mike Matthews started his work in the German Offshore Wind Initiative GOI after a decade in various functions of the state government. He was also employed by the DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) focusing on offshore wind policy and solar energy communications. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from the University of North Florida, and a Master of Science in Energy Policy and Climate from Johns Hopkins University.



Alexander Kruse (Managing Director – Carneades Project Services GmbH)


Thomas Koebinger (Pipeline and Business Development Manager – WindGrid/Elia Group)

Thomas Köbinger has almost ten years of professional experience in the energy sector. Among other things, he worked in the following areas: grid planning, integration of renewable energies, market entry strategies for offshore plants and project development. Through his various functions (grid planning, markets and system of the future) at three major European transmission system operators (TenneT, 50Hertz and Elia) he has a comprehensive knowledge of the energy transition, its drivers, markets and regulation, planning processes for (coupled) infrastructure and the role set up by the transmission system operator. In his new role as Pipeline & Business Development Manager in Elia Group’s new WindGrid unit, he is responsible for developing holistic offshore grid projects worldwide. At the same time, these should enable an optimized integration of wind turbines and minimize the overall costs and environmental impact. The aim should be holistic offshore transmission planning and better coordination between states and interest groups. This is the key to a successful energy transition.


Elmar Friedrich (President and Project Director Community Offshore Wind – RWE Renewables GmbH)


German Offshore Wind Initiative GOI @ IPF2022

Further information on the appearance of the German Offshore Wind Initiative at the IPF2022 and the kick-off event “Bier & Brats Reception” can be found here .

FLYER_GOI Bier & Pretzel Reception (1)