WASHINGTON DC – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that it will lead the development of a comprehensive offshore wind supply chain roadmap as part of its participation in the new Implementing Partnership. of offshore wind energy led by the White House. First-of-its-kind forum between 11 East Coast governors and administration officials will enable collaboration to build a strong U.S.-based supply chain for offshore wind, develop a skilled U.S. workforce and accelerate work to resolve important regional issues. Partnership will advance rapid industry development and provide more affordable clean energy to all Americans, helping to accelerate President Biden’s goal of 30 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030 and 100% electricity clean by 2035.
“By working together – the states and the federal government – we can blow the lid off our growing national offshore wind industry and get us faster to our clean energy future,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “The new federal-state partnership for the implementation of offshore wind will help create a strong national supply chain for offshore wind and a foundation to provide an abundance of clean energy as well as more jobs well remunerated.”
Collaboration between states and the federal government will help achieve the US goal of 30 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030. Achieving this goal will result in a planned annual investment of $12 billion in offshore wind projects , which in turn can lead to the construction of up to 10 offshore wind turbine component manufacturing plants and new vessels to install the turbines. The country’s offshore wind goal will also support nearly 80,000 jobs in industry and surrounding local communities, power more than 10 million homes and reduce 78 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
The Federal-State Partnership for Implementing Offshore Wind highlights DOE’s ongoing efforts and commitment alongside states and industry to provide a roadmap that identifies key pathways to achieve the state and federal offshore wind goals. Federal and state partners will work together to further develop offshore wind energy in the United States, anticipate needs, and solidify and expand key elements of the offshore wind supply chain, such as domestic manufacturing, logistics, transmission and workforce development. Partners will work with underserved communities, ocean users, tribes, local governments and other stakeholders to ensure supply chain development provides equitable benefits and minimizes any potential negative impacts. Already, the DOE and the Department of Commerce are partnering to research the impacts of offshore wind and other types of ocean energy on coastal communities and the fishing industry, and learn how to align deployment with community values.
With support from the National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium and funding from DOE, New York and Maryland, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is developing a roadmap for offshore wind supply chain needs. The first part of the roadmap, released in March, details the high-level demand for the deployment, components, ports, vessels and workforce needed to meet the US target of 30 GW of capacity. offshore wind turbine by 2030. The report projects the need for an offshore wind workforce to average between 12,300 and 49,000 full-time workers per year.
Part two of the roadmap, to be released by the end of 2022, will detail scenarios that would achieve US manufacturing of major components by 2030, including manufacturing facilities, labor requirements – labor and manufacturing capabilities; assess the potential benefits of such a supply chain; identify realistic pathways to achieve this supply chain; and determining the readiness of existing industries to support supply chain development.
The Biden administration’s commitment to offshore wind
Historic investments from President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act include $2.5 billion to the DOE to expand and update the nation’s transmission grid, including potential offshore wind connections. The Transformative Act also invests $8 billion in hydrogen hubs, which could use offshore wind power to produce hydrogen or hydrogen-derived fuels. Infrastructure developers for the offshore wind energy industry are encouraged to apply for funding through the DOE’s Loan Programs Office.
Learn more about the Office of Wind Energy Technologies in the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.