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

Apex logo2Deals Get Made at the IPF 

One of the Network goals is to put you in the room with the right person at the right time, so you can procure a deal and advance your business to the next level.

Multiple deals were made as a result of last year’s International Partnering Forum (IPF). We recently sat down with Apex Companies, LLC to ask about how they put together a winning team and secured a substantial contract.

Attending our events yields results; here’s what Apex Companies, LLC said:

“The State of Virginia released an RFP for an offshore wind port study and what improvements were needed to get the ports ready for this emerging new industry. Recognizing that Apex Companies had that capability but that that probably wasn’t enough to ensure winning the contract, we were looking at the 2014 IPF for European partners to bolster our team. Read more. 

How Network Events Can Land You a Deal

By Beth Shields

Michael Moss of Moss Marine USA, Inc. and Pete LeHardy of Phoenix International are unlikely — but profitable — partners.

Michael, the owner-operator of Moss, refers to himself as “the only guy in the Network with grease on his hands.” Pete, the business development manager for Phoenix, sees himself as having a “1,000 mile vantage point” over the projects that Phoenix works on.  “I am kind of the B-D guy, where Mike is the A-Z guy,” Pete told us.

As Michael tells us, “Pete’s a really laid-back guy.  I met him multiple times [at Network events].  I had no idea who [Phoenix was], because they’re outside of my normal business circles.  Phoenix would be the people who go out and find the space shuttle if it lands in the ocean.  Phoenix is a global service provider that we are fortunate to have in Maryland as part of the Network.  I never heard of them, because I don’t have a space shuttle, but I met them [through the Network]. “ Read more.

Spotlight on the Network

International Partnering Forum
International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum
More than 250 industry executives will attend the 2015 International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum Stronger Together on September 27-28th at Baltimore’s Pier V Hotel.

The Forum injects U.S. innovation into the global offshore wind dialogue while highlighting European expertise. The event sparks ideas and presents unique perspectives on planning, constructing, and maintaining an offshore wind project. It delivers multiple opportunities for personal networking, connecting businesses to implement these new ideas through Windmatch sessions, a chance for individuals to sit down one-on-one with other leaders in the industry.

seatowerSeatower DNV Certified Foundations 
In Feb 2015, Seatower installed a foundation in the British Channel at the Fécamp offshore site. From signing the contract with DONG, EDF EN and wpd offshore and till installation happened, it only took 9 months. Seapower’s exclusive use of local ships and tugboats made a tremendous difference in the cost and timetable of the project, which could have a huge impact on the U.S. offshore wind industry, as it injects money into the local economy and cuts down on installation time using no special purpose vessels, purely tug boats.

Traditional steel foundations have historically required high costs, complicated installation procedures, and large factories to house them in.  Seatower foundations, built using crane-free gravity, are mass produced simply, flexibly and cost-effectively.  Without the use of large cranes or large factories, requiring no long transport routes, they are produced locally where they will be installed. Seatower and the company’s unique installation method has been DNV certified since 2009, with over $8 million US invested and numerous patents acquired.


Finally! Offshore wind construction in the US

Welding program positions individuals, companies and city to realize benefits of offshore wind

Touring an offshore wind industry hub in Denmark, Cindy Plavier-Truitt began to envision a potent, if unexpected, partnership.

“There were all these industries in this cluster working together. You had turbine manufacturers, jacket manufacturers, jack-up vessels and ancillary services,” Plavier-Truitt said of one stop on the Business Network for Offshore Wind European study tour. “The hub made it easier for employers to access a lot of skilled, trained workers. And I thought this is the most perfect thing ever for Baltimore.”

Plavier-Truitt – the senior vice president and chief business officer of Humanim, a Baltimore-based nonprofit that provides workforce development and support services –began to envision how an offshore wind industry hub could deliver not only environmental and economic benefits but social benefits as well. Read more.

11Aeolus-Systems-logo_webAeolus Energy Servicing recently recognized as Small Business of the Year – Members of Southern Maryland’s business community gathered June 12 in Waldorf to honor leaders and businesses that help spur economic growth in the region. Read more.

Update on U.S. Wind’s Maryland Offshore Wind Farm

International Workshop on Life-Cycle Costing of Offshore Wind Turbines and Farms|October 1, 2015 at University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. Read more.

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