AWEA comments on offshore wind commitments in various states

Published on February 06, 2018 by Kevin Randolph

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The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) recently published comments on commitments from leaders in states along the Atlantic Coast to invest in offshore wind projects.

“Unlocking America’s vast offshore wind potential will reliably deliver large amounts of clean power, grow jobs, and cement American energy leadership,” AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan said. “Some of the world’s most powerful wind turbines will now flow from new investments in America’s port and manufacturing infrastructure.”

Recently sworn-in New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order establishing a goal of 3500 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind energy by 2030. He also directed the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to establish an Offshore Wind Strategic Plan, which would promote job growth, workforce development, data collection, and protection of offshore natural resources.

New York recently released a new Offshore Wind Master Plan that sets a goal of 2400 MW by 2030 and has suggested development on a 16,000 square-mile section of the Atlantic extending from New York City and the south shore of Long Island.

Connecticut recently announced a request for proposals (RFP) that includes up to approximately 220 MW of offshore wind power.

“The visible market for offshore wind in America is now more than half the entire global installed capacity, including all the policy commitments made thus far,” Stephanie McClellan, director of the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind at the University of Delaware, said. “These states’ commitments mean the U.S. is going to be the 800-pound gorilla in global offshore wind.”