FALL RIVER — Offshore wind could create a sizable number of jobs, particularly in coastal cities, energy expert Philippe Frangules said Thursday during a keynote presentation at an ocean energy conference in Fall River.

“This is a big job creation story,” he said.

Frangules, who is vice president of power, gas, coal and renewables at the research and information company IHS Markit, said one gigawatt of offshore wind energy — 1,000 megawatts — translates into 8,000 jobs.

“This could create huge economic benefits, to get this industry going,” he said.

About 100 people attended the day-long conference, hosted by UMass Dartmouth’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Support came from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center along with industry sponsors and others.

The conference included four panel

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