Subcommittee Field Hearing: Power in the Pacific: Unlocking Offshore Wind Energy for the American West

Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Date: Thursday, September 8, 2022 Time: 10:00 AM Presiding: The Honorable Alan Lowenthal, Chair

On Thursday, September 8, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. PT, at the Morro Bay Community Center, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will hold a field hearing titled, “Power in the Pacific: Unlocking Offshore Wind Energy for the American West.” For hearing materials and schedules, please visit U.S. House of Representatives, Committee Repository at

Witness List 

Panel I

Mr. Doug Boren (testimony)

Pacific Regional Director

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management U.S. Department of the Interior

Mr. Ronald Tickle (testimony)

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Real Property

U.S. Department of Defense


Panel II

Ms. Kourtney Vaccaro (testimony)

Lead Commissioner for Offshore Wind

California Energy Commission

Ms. Violet Sage (testimony)


Northern Chumash Tribal Council

Ms. Dawn Ortiz-Legg (testimony)

Supervisor, District 3

San Luis Obispo County

Mr. Jordan Cunningham (testimony)


35th District State of California


Panel III

Mr. Matthew Arms (testimony)

Director of Environmental Planning

Port of Long Beach

Mr. Jeremiah O’Brien (testimony)

Vice President

Morro Bay Commercial Fisherman’s Organization

Mr. Josh Boswell (testimony)

Vice President, Policy and Economic Development

REACH Central Coast

Ms. Debbie Arnold (testimony)

Supervisor, District 5

San Luis Obispo County


Panel IV

Mr. Adam Stern (testimony)

Executive Director

Offshore Wind California

Mr. Eddie Ahn (testimony)

Executive Director

Brightline Defense

Mr. Mark Simonin (testimony)

Business Manager

IBEW Local 639

Mr. Aaron Bergh (testimony)

Founder of Calwise Spirits Co. &

President of The Distillers of San Luis Obispo County