Vol. 5
March 31, 2021
Biden Administration Launches Major Push to Expand Offshore Wind Power
The White House detailed an ambitious plan to expand wind farms along the East Coast and jump-start the country’s nascent offshore wind industry, saying it hoped to trigger a massive clean-energy effort in the fight against climate change.
Hampton Roads Alliance Shores Up Supply Chain Expertise with Foundation 2 Blade Training
Chief Strategy Officer, Nicole Ryf, and Director of Offshore Wind, Matt Smith, of the Hampton Roads Alliance recently completed the Business Network for Offshore Wind's Foundation 2 Blade training. The Alliance will use information from the training to identify business development opportunities and help local companies understand where they fit in the offshore wind supply chain.
First Ever Offshore Wind Roundtable Held by the White House
The White House held a landmark Offshore Wind Roundtable, highlighting the industry’s central role in the Biden Administration’s plans to create jobs and advance renewable energy development. The White House announced goals to install 30 GW of offshore wind by 2030 and to finalize reviews of at least 16 Construction and Operations Plans by 2025.
MARAD Announces $230 Million for Port Infrastructure Grants
The US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration is encouraging states and port authorities to apply for $230 million in discretionary grant funding for port and intermodal infrastructure-related projects through the Port Infrastructure Development Program.
Virginia Congresswoman Luria Launches Congressional Offshore Wind Caucus
Congresswoman Elaine Luria announced her creation of the Congressional Offshore Wind Caucus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers focused on improving offshore wind technology, investing in the offshore wind workforce, and making the United States a clean energy leader.
Virginia to Scope Offshore Wind Supply Chain Opportunity
The Hampton Roads Alliance has commissioned an offshore wind supply chain study for the Hampton Roads area in Virginia. The assessment will be used to” build out” the US offshore wind industry in Hampton Roads and identify key opportunities for economic expansion. The Hampton Roads Alliance has partnered with Xodus Group and BW Research to conduct the study.
Crowley and ESVAGT to Develop SOVs for US Offshore Wind Energy Sector
US based Crowley and Danish shipping company ESVAGT are forming a partnership to meet the need for service vessels for the rapidly developing offshore wind energy market in the US. The venture will work to develop a best-in-class design and deliver wind-dedicated, US flag Service Operation Vessels.
1,500 Wind Turbines. 2,700 Square Miles. Offshore Wind in the Atlantic Will Be Big
American offshore wind farms, of which there are 17 in the works for the Atlantic Ocean, are no longer far off on the horizon. The overall magnitude of this emerging renewable energy industry is starting to take shape.
US Offshore Wind’s Next Step Forward: A Project, A Plan, & A Pathway
The federal government released its final environmental assessment of what might be the first large-scale offshore wind project in the US. That matters for that project, certainly. But more importantly, it matters for the many offshore wind projects at earlier stages, along the East Coast and elsewhere.
Upcoming Events
Virtual LEAD Series 1: Offshore Wind: A New Economic Engine in Virginia
This Panel on April 1st, hosted by the Virginia Renewable Energy Alliance, will be a virtual, open-discussion with Q&A containing some of the most notable organizations within the offshore wind industry in Virginia. Moderated by Hayes Framme of Orsted and featuring panelists:
Kenny Alexander - Mayor of Norfolk
Jennifer Palestrant - Department of Mines Minerals and Energy
John Larson - Dominion Energy
Matt Smith - Hampton Roads Alliance
April CVOW Friday Forum
Sign up now for April's Friday Forum, happening April 16th at 9am! Join us to learn more about how to participate in the procurement process for the CVOW project. Register and submit your questions today.
2021 IPF Conference
IPF, the largest offshore wind conference in the Western hemisphere, is being held in Richmond, VA! It brings together the global offshore wind supply chain and provides the latest in education, networking, and platforms to help you grow your business.
In Case You Missed It
March CVOW Friday Forum Recording
Our March panel of experts offered insightful and informative commentary on the advancement of the offshore wind development process and supply chain, helping our attendees better understand timelines, work packages, and opportunities for entry of local businesses in to the supply chain.