Offshore Wind Group Announces Leadership Change

February 28th, 2024

Read about Epsilon's Planning Practice Leadership Change Here

Epsilon Associates is pleased to announce that Jill Rowe has been named Manager of its Offshore Wind Group. Made up of marine biologists, geologists, energy transmission specialists, chemical engineers, coastal scientists, and ecologists, our Offshore Wind Group offers the expertise that is essential for successfully navigating through the highly complex federal, state, regional, and local offshore wind development permitting process.

An Associate with the firm, Jill succeeds Epsilon Principal Maria Hartnett, who created the Offshore Wind Group in 2018 and who will serve as Epsilon’s Offshore Wind Market Leader. As Group Manager, Jill will be responsible for overseeing, mentoring, and training offshore wind staff. The planned succession enables Maria to laser focus her expertise and attention on managing critical project requirements and deliverables in the rapidly evolving North American offshore wind market that is so critical to our clean energy future.

“Jill has been a leading player in the field of offshore wind permitting for many years, and since joining Epsilon in 2023 has been an integral part of Epsilon’s offshore wind practice,” said Hartnett. “Jill is a tremendous mentor, deeply knowledgeable, and dedicated to bringing clean and renewable offshore wind energy onshore as a major American energy source.”

Epsilon is the leading permitting consultancy in the North American offshore wind market. The firm is currently engaged as lead or co-lead permitting consultant on seven utility-scale offshore wind developments with total potential energy generation of nearly 14 gigawatts. It served as the lead environmental consultant supporting the 800 MW Vineyard Wind 1 Project, the first of the current generation of US offshore wind projects to file its COP with BOEM. Vineyard Wind 1 now supplies the first utility-scale offshore wind power to the North American electrical grid.

An experienced ocean science director and offshore wind lead, Jill has over 22 years of experience in environmental consulting, with subject matter expertise including National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) support; modeling the fate and exposure of biota to oil and other chemical releases; developing fish, benthic, and essential fish habitat analyses; and evaluation of spatial abundance and recruitment patterns. She has been involved in offshore wind for over 15 years providing research and development support to BOEM and providing content to multiple Construction and Operations Plans, Environmental Assessments, and Environmental Impact Statements.

A frequent speaker at offshore wind conferences, programs and events, she is an author of and contributor to numerous scientific papers, Jill received her M.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Charleston, and her B.S. in Biology from DePauw University.

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