Along our Atlantic coastline lies an energy resource with the power to create unparalleled job growth and economic transformation—offshore wind. We are dedicated to building a business network that will usher the U.S. into the offshore wind market. We empower our members with the education, tools, and connections necessary to participate in the creation of a booming new industry.

Success Stories

Another Boost for US Offshore Wind: US-based General Electric Acquires France-based Alstom’s Renewable Energy Division

Val Stori

Back in June, US offshore wind proponents heralded the arrival of DONG Energy to our Atlantic shores. DONG’s commercial lease acquisition of a 1GW+ Wind Energy Area off the Massachusetts coast sent a strong signal that major international developers are taking note of the US offshore wind market’s potential. There is still a lack of long-term market visibility, and there are challenges to securing electricity buyers, but those are hurdles DONG has faced in the European market and ones the company believes will eventually be overcome in the US.

This month, another major offshore wind industry announcement has strong implications for US offshore wind growth—GE completed acquisition of Alstom’s power assets and has created a new division called GE renewables. While GE did not acquire all of Alstom’s energy-related businesses, the merger is a significant move for the US offshore wind industry. In 2014, both companies had agreed to the establishment of an offshore wind joint venture. The approved 50/50 joint venture with Alstom’s offshore wind division marks GE’s entry into offshore wind turbines.  The deal also creates competition for the other major offshore wind businesses, including the recent Vestas/MHI JV. Now, GE will not only compete in the European market through the Alstom/Haliade brand, but also participate in Rhode Island’s historic, pioneering Block Island project, which is using Haliade turbines.

GE’s move has important implications for both sides of the Atlantic. The consolidation will lower costs, create competition amongst turbine manufacturers, create supply chain efficiencies, and merge two innovative designs—the massive 6MW Haliade turbine with GE’s innovative gearless permanent magnet generators.

But perhaps the merger is most significant for the US offshore sector where the industry has had a difficult time getting off the ground due to several factors including high costs, insufficient infrastructure, and a limited supply chain and experienced workforce.  The merger is reason for optimism– a major domestic company is now one of the world’s largest renewable energy manufacturers and its global reach will continue to expand into new markets. Our offshore wind market potential is huge and catching the attention of major global developers and turbine manufacturers. Let’s hope that GE’s strong stake in offshore wind will mean further expansion by all manufacturers into US markets.



Washington, DC – Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. (Phoenix), under the operational direction of the U.S. Navy’s Office of the Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV), successfully located the U.S. flagged cargo vessel El Faro using the U.S. Navy’s deepwater side scan sonar search system, Orion. The ship was found in approximately 5,000 meters of seawater (msw) in the vicinity of Crooked Island in the Bahamas.

Following the search and location of the missing ship, the Phoenix team launched the U.S. Navy’s deepwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), CURV-21, to verify and visually inspect the wreckage. Over the next several days, Phoenix will continue to identify and recover priority items, such as the Voyage Data Recorder (VDR), as directed by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation team.

Phoenix operates the ORION search system, the CURV ROV, and several other U.S. Navy search and recovery assets under its multi-year Undersea Operations contract with SUPSALV. Search operations were conducted from USNS Apache (T-ATF 172), which was mobilized from its homeport in Little Creek, VA.

Phoenix, an internationally recognized expert and proven industry leader in the field of undersea search and recovery, provides quick response and turn-key services for the location and recovery of objects from any water depth down to 6,000 msw (20,000 feet of seawater). Phoenix is an employee-owned, ISO 9001-2008 Management System certified marine services contractor providing manned and unmanned underwater solutions and project management services to a diverse set of clients worldwide. Services from our seven regional offices include wet and dry hyperbaric welding, Nondestructive Testing (NDT), subsea engineering services, conventional and atmospheric diving, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, Remotely Operated Vehicles, and other robotic systems.


For further information please contact Pete LeHardy ( Tel:

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McNeilan & Associates Makes Deal with LEEDCo After Reconnecting at Network Annual Meeting, by Beth Shields

McNeilan & Associates is a woman-owned, small-business that provides engineering and outreach for the siting, design, construction, and performance of: 1) coastal and near-shore infrastructure and industry 2) offshore renewable energy and 3) flood inundation & flood defense improvements. 

McNeilan & Associates is a U.S. company that has real world experience in offshore wind. McNeilan has worked on European offshore wind projects, performing in situ studies to let developers know what the condition of the ocean floor is where turbines may be planted.

“We are marine geotechnical engineers, which means we’re highly specialized.” McNeilan & Associates tests soil samples, performs in situ testing, CPT’s, and fiber coring, which is used to design the foundation for the structures. Developers may not understand how important this testing is and relegate it to later in a project, which can literally kill an offshore wind project once they find out what lies beneath. Read more.

Spotlight on the Network

It is Time to Be Merry!

Please join us for an OREC application briefing and some holiday networking.

Paul Rich, Director Project Development, US Wind will provide Network members with information on the  Offshore Renewable Energy Credit application to the MD Public Service Commission.  Learn the latest status and plans for moving forward in Maryland. Afterwards, there will be a family-style Italian dinner and time to network with other members. Price includes: appetizer selections, salad and bread, pasta selections, entree choice, dessert, red or white wine, and gratuity. Pleas contact Laura at for registration details.


National Offshore Wind Strategy Workshop

On December 10, 2015, The Business Network for Offshore Wind will be participating in the National Offshore Wind Strategy Workshop, a conference hosted by The Department of Energy, The Department of the Interior and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The conference will be an all-day event will presentations and break out sessions that will address specific areas of opportunity within the offshore wind sector of renewable energy.

The presentation topics include: lowering overall costs, facilitating development and where offshore wind stands in the energy industry. After the presentations, there will be a series of breakout sessions that — while each session has a different theme — serve to answer the following questions:
“What are the industry’s key priorities to expedite development over the next 5 years?”
“How can we (the DoE, DoI and NREL) achieve these priorities?

The Business Network for Offshore Wind is excited and intrigued to see what these three organizations have to say when addressing areas of opportunity and the plan to improve offshore wind as well as their plans to facilitate and expand its future.

New Jersey Auction Results Are In

US Wind won two shares for the North Lease, paying a total of $880,715

RES American Developments won the South Lease, paying a total of $1,006,240

Congratulations to both developers.

 New Report Shows Domestic Offshore Wind Industry Potential, 21 Projects Planned in U.S. Waters

The Energy Department today released a new report showing strong progress for the U.S. offshore wind market—including the start of construction of the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm, one of 21 projects totaling 15,650 megawatts (MW) in the planning and development pipeline. Of these 21 U.S. projects, 13 projects totaling nearly 6,000 MW—enough to power 1.8 million homes—are in the more advanced stages of development, while 12 projects with more than 3,300 MW planned have announced a commercial operation date by 2020. With 80% of the nation’s electricity demand coming from coastal states, offshore wind could play a crucial role in meeting our energy needs.

Announced today at the American Wind Energy Association’s Offshore WINDPOWER Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, the2014–2015 U.S. Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report was prepared for the Energy Department by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and builds on the success and utility of the Energy Department’s annual Wind Technologies Market Report and Distributed Wind Market Report, which provide stakeholders with reliable and consistent data sources for their respective markets.

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