Offshore wind is (finally) coming to America
“It’s nearly here. It’s just around the corner!” shared American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) CEO, Tom Kiernan, at the opening session of 2018 AWEA Offshore Wind Conference in Washington, D.C. last October. He’s referring to the message relayed over the last few years that the offshore wind is coming to the United States. “That’s no longer just a message. This is an exciting, transformative time where offshore wind is happening now.”
In his statement, Kiernan acknowledged the momentum of the sector as offshore auctions, project siting, and development occurs. This includes port infrastructure and vessel prep for the new industry.
“We’ve got 30 MW in the water right now,” he said, referring to the first commercial offshore wind project in the U.S., the five-turbine Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island. “We expect 1,500 MW online by 2023 and 8,000 MW in the water by 2028, which is leading to some 40,000 jobs in our offshore wind industry.”
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