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California has set forth an ambitious goal of generating all of its electricity from clean and carbon-free technologies by the year 2045. The state is planning for this target, outlined in California Senate Bill 100, to be met primarily by several renewable sources like solar, land-based wind, geothermal, along with energy storage and other zero-carbon technologies. Wind energy has long been proven to be a technologically feasible and economically viable option. Moreover, momentum is increasing to include California’s offshore wind (OSW) energy as a complement to the state’s current renewable energy and storage resources.
In this report, we provide a …View Full Resource
On May 25, 2021, the Biden Administration and the State of California jointly announced their intent to advance floating offshore wind in two locations along California’s coast—a 399 square mile area located offshore of Morro Bay and an area offshore of Humboldt—with lease auctions expected in 2022. This followed on the heels of a federal announcement in late March establishing a nationwide offshore wind energy target of 30 GW by 2030. Offshore wind could become an essential piece of California’s renewable energy puzzle while delivering on multiple statewide goals, from tackling climate change and addressing environmental justice to building a …View Full Resource
Clean energy technology innovation – particularly research, development and demonstration (RD&D) – plays a critical role in accelerating the global energy transition. As this transition progresses and ambitions grow, the need for strong government support for innovation grows alongside it. Innovation support is a combination of multiple measures, including RD&D funding (from the public and private sectors), market instruments and policy measures. Together, these guide and encourage innovation activities.
This report from the International Renewable Energy Agency is an initial output of two interlinked projects focused on tracking innovation impacts: first, the Innovation Impacts Dashboard (IID) project – funded by …View Full Resource
On March 26th, the Labor Energy Partnership (LEP), an initiative of the Energy Futures Initiative and the AFL-CIO, hosted a private roundtable discussion on the Future of U.S. Offshore Wind Energy. This roundtable of key thought leaders is meant to inform the development of the offshore wind industry as policymakers consider infrastructure funding, economic recovery, and the development of the U.S. Nationally Determined Contribution as part of the Paris Agreement.…View Full Resource
This report examines (1) approaches to use of vessels that developers are considering for offshore wind, consistent with Jones Act requirements, and the extent to which such vessels exist, and (2) the challenges industry stakeholders have identified associated with constructing and using such vessels to support U.S. offshore wind, and the actions federal agencies have taken to address these challenges.…View Full Resource
The objective of this white paper is to outline grid and transmission recommendations to inform grid operators and U.S. policymakers in the many local, state, and federal regulatory bodies that possess some degree of regulatory responsibility for U.S. offshore wind development and electric transmission. A comprehensive document of this kind has not previously been produced, and it is incumbent upon the U.S. OSW industry to provide input and fill the gap. This white paper may not exhaustively answer every conceivable question now. Nonetheless, at a minimum, on behalf of the industry, we outlined and assessed policy options to facilitate the …View Full Resource
Offshore wind power is an exciting new frontier for American energy production, where technological advances, business opportunity, and policy are converging to unlock a reliable natural resource. Offshore wind will bring tens of thousands of highly-skilled U.S. jobs, strengthen coastal economies, and deliver vast amounts of reliable, clean energy to America’s largest population centers.
America’s first offshore wind farm came online in 2016 in Rhode Island state waters. As of January 2020, there are 15 active commercial lease areas for offshore wind development in federal waters, with more in the works. Interested parties, including members of the general public, industries, …View Full Resource
America’s growing offshore wind power industry — now projected to generate 18.6 GW of clean, cost-effective power in seven states on the Atlantic Seaboard by 2030 — is presenting a nearly $70 billion CAPEX revenue opportunity to businesses in the offshore wind power supply chain over the course of the next decade.
In this white paper, the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (SIOW) quantifies the extensive supply chain business opportunities this $70 billion CAPEX is creating to build out the U.S. offshore wind sector between now and 2030, with quantification broken down by industry component, by state, and by year …View Full Resource
In 2015, BVG Associates carried out a detailed review of Virginia ports and associated opportunities relating to offshore wind.
This study extends that work through the following actions:
Review of current and projected market development
Local engagement and development of tools, to help
build partnerships between developers and suppliers
with regional companies interested in diversifying into
Port review and update
Review of Virginia’s business climate and workforce
Evaluation of the strategic fit with the current and
future supply chain.…
Over the past 25 years off shore wind technology has developed rapidly, with the first commercial
plant beginning operation in Denmark in the early 2000s. By 2017 the United Kingdom (UK), Germany,
China, Denmark and the Netherlands had the largest off shore wind markets, both in the number of wind
farms and in total installed capacity (see Figure 1) (IRENA, 2018a). As such, these European countries,
and recently China, have the most relevant experience to share with emerging off shore wind markets. Other
non-European off shore wind markets – such as Japan and the United States (US) – are also …