Full Title: Advancing Offshore Wind Energy in the United States
Author(s): Jocelyn Brown-Saracino, Philipp Beiter, Helena Pound, Nathan McKenzie, Jian Fu, Gary Norton, Genevra Harker-Klimes, Naomi Lewandowski, Katherine Ball, Cynthia Bothwell, Joy Page, and Patrick Gilman
Publisher(s): US Department of Energy
Publication Date: March 15, 2023
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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has been a global leader in supporting critical wind energy research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) for decades, helping usher in commercial wind energy production. These investments have contributed to the rise of today’s wind energy sector. This offshore wind energy strategy outlines DOE’s approach for accelerating the development of U.S. offshore wind to deploy 30 gigawatts (GW) by 2030 and establish a pathway to deploying 110 GW or more by 2050. As a critical part of this pathway, this strategy seeks to also support the deployment of 15 GW of floating offshore wind capacity by 2035, as announced by the Biden administration in September 2022.
In January 2022, DOE issued a nationwide strategy that outlined broad priority areas for accelerating the sustainable development of offshore wind energy in the United States. This strategy document outlines DOE’s contributions to meeting the challenges indicated in the nationwide strategy, including the need to reduce the levelized cost of energy; expand predictable leasing and permitting processes; develop the domestic supply chain; and expand transmission. DOE’s efforts form a part of a broader all-of-government approach to advancing offshore wind energy and strengthening the U.S. transmission grid as part of our nation’s clean energy future.