CSTPR Graduate Student Marisa McNatt was selected by the Environmental Studies Department and the Graduate School to receive a 2017 Summer Graduate School Fellowship.
Marisa is studying the offshore wind planning process and will apply lessons learned to improve state- and local-offshore wind and renewable energy policy. For her dissertation, she is conducting a case-study comparison of the offshore wind planning and development processes that began in Rhode Island and New Jersey in the mid-2000s. Rhode Island succeeded in constructing the nation’s first offshore wind farm, whereas New Jersey remains in the planning stages for offshore wind farm development. The 2017 Graduate School Summer Fellowship supports Marisa’s travels to field sites in Rhode Island and New Jersey to gather observational and stakeholder interview data.