New federal-state partnership to support U.S. offshore wind industry

The White House has recently declared that it is partnering with 11 councils from East Coast states to inaugurate the Federal-State Offshore Wind Implementation collaboration, which is expected to offer a boost to the U.S. offshore wind industry.

The 11 U.S. states that are participating include North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Delaware, New Jersey, Maine, and Rhode Island.

The partners are expected to work together to create a strong supply chain for offshore wind in the U.S., grow a trained workforce, and build on to address important regional matters like interconnection, transmission, fishing and other ocean co-use challenges, and key priorities.

The partnership will look forward to expanding to the Gulf of Mexico and the West Coast as offshore wind energy projects are expected to be developed in those regions.

The Biden Administration and the governors are endorsing a series of state, federal and other mutual commitments as a first step for enlarging major elements of the supply chain, together with manufacturing facilities for logistics networks, offshore wind components, port capabilities required for install projects, and workforce development.

Together, the partners will anticipate future needs, track progress, and collaborate locally and nationally.

The Department of Energy, along with Maryland and New York, is offering capital to develop an all-inclusive offshore wind supply chain plan via a collaboration headed by the National Offshore Wind R&D (Research and Development) Conglomerate and with cohorts including the Business Network for Offshore Wind.

As part of this effort, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory issued a report on supply chain needs, including ports, vessels, and manufactured components, for 30 GigaWatt by 2030. The roadmap is expected to be declared later this year and is also expected to lay out actions for satisfying those needs.

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