State of the States’ Offshore Wind Deployment

State Activites MapMost coastal U.S. states have progressed beyond debating the merits of offshore wind. Their combined efforts are marching America toward a need for a developed offshore wind supply chain. 2016 is seeing some states progress more than others but the business opportunities remain abundant. Below is a second quarter update on States with offshore activity.


May, 2016
The University of Maine’s semi-submersible floating offshore wind design Aqua Ventus received an additional $3.7 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to finalize the design. The UME is also the location of a brand new wind and wave tank for testing many types of naval architecture technologies, including offshore wind designs.


July 6, 2016
Massachusetts OSW Moves Forward

Last Friday, the Massachusetts State Senate passed a comprehensive energy bill that will require utilities to procure 2,000 MW of offshore wind. A companion bill passed the House of Delegates in Massachusetts earlier last month requiring a 1,200 MW procurement. The two bills will now move to conference and a compromise bill is expected to emerge. The final bill could be sent to Governor Baker for his signature and enactment by the end of July.

This is what media said about the bill:

Wind-power developers want legislators to mandate the purchase of 2,000 megawatts over a decade, enough to power roughly 1.6 million households. Building the infrastructure to deliver that capacity would cost about $10 billion, said Tom Harries, an analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. It also would give developers their first chance to build the farms on a massive scale outside Europe and Asia, in a region where powerful ocean winds and high energy prices would provide a key proving ground.
“This bill would be the last piece of the puzzle to get the industry going,” said Thomas Brostrom, general manager of North America for Dong Energy A/S, the world’s largest offshore wind developer.”

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May, 2016
Activity and interest is underway with the state’s two lease areas; one controlled by Offshore MW LLC (166,886 acres) and the other by DONG Energy, which took over the lease previously held by RES Americas (187,523 acres). RES Americas continues to have involvement in a supporting role to DONG Energy. Geophysical contract work is expected to be announced in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Further, state legislation that would promote offshore wind energy with annual solicitations and associated long-term off-taker contracts is being considered. Massachusetts has the potential to initiate the first state-based offshore wind pipeline. This bill is expected to move forward in July 2016.


May, 2016
Rhode Island is making history. Deepwater Wind is expected to have the first offshore wind farm with five 6MW wind turbines in state water off Block Island. Project completion is expected this year which will be a landmark for the industry and equally important, an advance in local infrastructure. Block Island will be connected to a new substation, as well as connected to the mainland’s power grid – a first for the U.S. – as Block Island will generate more power than it needs. Cabling is occurring this month (cable laying prep, connection to the inter-ray cables; jet plough to bury the cable 6 feet deep) and should be finished in June or July. The turbines will be installed in July and GE currently has employed more than 100 people to outfit the towers. The nacelles will be transported from France and the project should be commissioned in October.


July 6, 2016
A coalition of 60 organizations submitted a letter to Gov. Cuomo calling for 5GW of offshore wind power.

May 19, 2016
A group of New York State senators is urging the government to include an offshore wind tier in the forthcoming Clean Energy Standard. The state Public Service Commission (PSC) is developing a large-scale renewable program to help New York meet a 50% by 2030 renewables mandate. Twenty senators asked for a separate offshore wind carve-out in a letter to governor Andrew Cuomo and the head of the PSC. “For the sake of our climate, our economy and New York’s working families, it’s time to move forward this year with a comprehensive offshore wind program,” said the legislators. The commission is expected to present the new Clean Energy Standard in June. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has projected that offshore wind could meet 13% of New York’s total energy demand by 2030.

In the meantime, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is preparing to move ahead with a commercial lease auction for a 33,000-hectare lease area south of Long Island. Several developers have expressed interest in pursuing projects in the zone, which is based on a 700MW proposal by the New York Power Authority in 2011. BOEM plans to issue a proposed sale notice later this year.

May, 2016
On April 28th, BOEM held a New York Renewable Energy Task Force meeting in New York to discuss the upcoming lease auction for the Wind Energy Area off Long Island. BOEM stated that it is on an accelerated track and aims to have the auction before the end of 2016. On May 5, BOEM received comments and feedback from the Taskforce and will issue a second RFI to reaffirm developer interest and capture any interest from new developers. This will lead to a Proposed Sales Notice. Offshore wind developers attending the meeting included Deepwater Wind, Dong Energy, Fishermen’s Energy, Magellan Wind, Con Edison Company and Statoil. BOEM expects to hold Environment Assessment public meetings in late June 2016.

As a state with high-energy prices and a large concentration of populations along the coast, New York understands it is prime for a clean energy solution like offshore wind, therefore the State is making the path to offshore wind accessible. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), is expected to submit a blueprint to the NY Department of Public Service that is likely to include a list of reports aimed to help developers ‘de-risk’ OSW projects. The timing of the reports is expected to dovetail with BOEM’s steps leading up to the NY lease. Earlier this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the “New York Offshore Wind Master Plan,” a tactical blueprint outlining the effort to get the state to reach its goal of 50% dependency on renewable energies by 2030. Significant funding to advance the efforts of relevant environmental projects and programs is expected.


May, 2016
Last year’s auction for two lease areas in federal water resulted in the south area (160,480 acres) won by RES Americas and the north lease area (183,353 acres) won by U.S. Wind. On May 19th, US BOEM will hold the next New Jersey Intergovernmental Task Force meeting in Trenton, New Jersey from 12:50-3:30pm. BOEM will discuss the overview of commercial leases and next steps. Both US Wind and ResAmericas will make presentations. A public question and answer session will begin shortly after the Task Force meeting adjourns.

Fishermen’s Energy’s 25MW, five-turbine wind farm continues to move forward despite delays.


May, 2016
Developer U.S. Wind, having completed the necessary geophysical and geotechnical surveys in June, 2015, submitted its site assessment plan (SAP) on time to BOEM with operational blueprints expected to follow later this year. U.S. Wind submitted its Offshore Renewable Energy Credit (OREC) application to the Maryland Public Service Commission in late February 201 and is planning to install a fixed-bottom metrological mast by summer 2016.

With the receipt of the initial application for a proposed offshore wind project, the Maryland Public Service Commission has now opened a 180-day application period for any other developers of offshore wind projects off the Maryland coast. This application period begins on February 25, 2016 and, unless extended, ends at the close of business on August 23, 2016. Any party interested in submitting an application for an offshore wind project is encouraged to visit the dedicated website ( hosted by the Commission’s consultant, Levitan and Associates, Inc. The website includes information necessary to complete the application process, as well as links to questions and answers, applicable regulations, statutes and authorizing legislation.


May, 2016
Dominion Power, the developer constructing two turbines with a 6MW capacity 24 nautical miles off Virginia’s coast, re-bid the solicitations for different parts of the Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project (VOWTAP). The solicitations were for: a) transportation, erection and installation of the inward battered guide structure foundations and wind turbine generators; b) final design, manufacture, transportation, installation, horizontal directional drilling and termination of the export and inter-array cables; and c) foundation fabrication, onshore interconnection station equipment and installation, along with updated estimates for instrumentation, commissioning, and project management. Dominion has received bids for the VOWTAP project with a total lower cost than the prior response and is in discussion with US DoE on an grant extension. Upon moving forward, Dominon plans to file a letter of intent with the State Corporation Commission (SCC) for regulatory review of the project. As a regulated utility in Virginia, Dominion has to take all projects of this size to the SCC for approval.


May, 2016
Following the completed work for North Carolina’s geological, ecological and ‘conflict-of-use’ investigations, North Carolina was poised to have a significant potential lease area of 195 whole and 60 partial ocean lease blocks. April 2016 witnessed a bold move by BOEM, which may reflect North Carolina’s cautiously slow approach for advancing offshore wind development. The auction process may be delayed as North Carolina’s State Department of Environment and Quality recently cited concern for the coast’s “viewsheds” as well as the potential disruption of the lifecycles of both migratory and stationary animals, BOEM made a bold move to put part of the identified area into the South Carolina lease blocks. South Carolina, once considered to have the largest U.S. area being made available for offshore wind development is likely to have only the 22,400-acre Kitty Hawk area available for its offshore wind development.


May, 2016
BOEM had identified four areas in total for offshore wind areas off South Carolina. U.S. Wind and Fishermen’s Energy put their names next to the Grand Strand zone. Fishermen’s also nominated the Cape Romain, Winyah and Charleston call areas. BOEM is reviewing the developers’ qualifications to determine if it will proceed with a competitive or non-competitive lease process as well as preparing an environmental assessment for the call areas. Interesting new developments include the 51,600-acre Wilmington West and 133,600-acre Wilmington East tracts of the North Carolina offshore wind area, which border the much larger 628,000-acre Grand Strand lease area in South Carolina which have been realigned into South Carolina. On May 17th, the North and South Carolina task forces will merge to take over planning and analysis. Continue to watch this space!


May, 2016
Georgia Power applied for three leases offshore to conduct wind viability tests. One area was rejected due to national defense, but two remained. With these, the intention was to measure wind speeds at various altitudes with LIDAR light detection and ranging data. Originally, if data revealed viable wind off the Georgia coast, there were aspirations to add this clean energy generation to its portfolio in the 2020s. These plans continue to have a stalled status.


JULY 6, 2016
BOEM is processing one unsolicited commercial floating wind lease request offshore of California. The announcement from PG&E regarding the closure of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant by 2025 and the utility’s commitment to replace the plant’s 2GW of power generation with new greenhouse gas-free energy along with CA’s 50% Renewal Portfolio Standard that creates a need for 6GW of wind power to complement solar, offshore wind in CA is a viable possibility for inclusion in the energy mix. The CA Energy Commission is moving forward with their offshore wind task force and check in with the Network to find out the latest.

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May, 2016
Floating offshore wind technologies are being considered for the deeper waters found in the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf. US BOEM received and reviewed an unsolicited lease request from Trident Winds, LLC for a floating wind energy project offshore from Morro Bay, California, and is expected to shortly issue a Federal Register Notice to determine any competitive interest.

The Trident project could contribute 800MW of nameplate capacity consisting of ~100 floating foundations, possibly using large 8MW wind turbines. Further, BOEM is processing an unsolicited lease request for a proposed floating wind demonstration project offshore of Coos Bay, Oregon involving three 6.0-8.0MW floating wind turbine turbines, anchored to the seafloor in 1,200 to 1,600 feet of water.


May, 2016
US BOEM is processing an unsolicited lease request for a proposed floating wind demonstration project offshore of Coos Bay, Oregon. The project would consist of up to three 6.0-8.0MW wind turbine generators mounted on floating foundations, anchored to the seafloor in 1,200 to 1,600 feet water depth.


May, 2016
Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) continues to support and drive offshore wind in the Great Lakes, primarily in Lake Erie. Norway-based Fred Olsen Renewables has joined a specialized team formed by LEEDCo to develop a foundation and turbine installation strategy that is adapted to the specific environmental and commercial needs of Lake Erie and its freshwater conditions. The wind farm known as “Project Icebreaker,” will connect the Lake Erie wind turbines to the Cleveland power grid. The DOE funded LEEDCo in 2012 with $4 million, and in 2014 provided an additional $3 million for engineering the initial phase of six turbines situated eight miles north of Cleveland in Lake Erie. Lake Erie has tremendous potential of several thousand megawatts.


July 6, 2016
The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a Call for Information and Nominations (Call) to gauge the offshore wind industry’s interest in acquiring commercial wind leases in two areas spanning approximately 485,000 acres of submerged lands in federal waters offshore Oahu. The Call also solicits public comment on site conditions, resources and other uses in and near those areas.

May, 2016
Interests in Hawaii remains strong as BOEM is processing three unsolicited lease requests for offshore wind energy development off the island of Oahu. Two projects are proposed by AW Hawaii Wind, LLC (AWH), while the other is proposed by Progression Hawaii Offshore Wind, Inc. (Progression). Each of the proposed projects would yield approximately 400MW from wind turbines on floating platforms in water depths ranging from approximately 950 to 3,200 feet. The fourth task force meeting in Hawaii is scheduled for May 16, 2016 at 9:00am with the venue to be determined. (More information here). Hawaii is expected to accelerate its involvement with offshore wind with announcements as soon as this summer.

IPF Agenda Is Posted

Offshore Wind Partnering Forum
October 2-5, 2016
Newport, Rhode Island

As the U.S. celebrates its first offshore wind project this summer, the world’s most experienced offshore wind companies, offshore wind developers and U.S.-based supply chain companies will join at the Business Network for Offshore Wind’s Third Annual International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum (IPF), Oct 2-5th in Newport, Rhode Island to discuss bringing the offshore wind industry to commercial scale. With more than 79 technical presentations and more than 14 built-in partnering events, the IPF is regarded as the most comprehensive and specialized offshore wind event in the U.S. Presentations will cover: understanding developers’ procurement processes; explaining the U.S. market and how to do business in the U.S.; transferable concepts from the oil and gas sector; grid connections; rethinking foundations and substructures for the U.S. market; working with and under the Jones Act; industry trends and many more.

The 2016 IPF agenda is the most robust and substantive in the U.S. offshore wind industry – filled with knowledgeable leaders such as The Carbon Trust, UK Green Investment Bank, U.S Department of Energy, U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, PJM Interconnection, U.S. Wind, DONG Energy, GE, Siemens and innovators such as Facebook and NASA. The Forum is jammed packed with timely market intelligence from the people who are developing and establishing the U.S. offshore wind industry. This year, the U.S. Department of Energy (U.S. DOE) will discuss in detail its soon to be released 2016 National Offshore Wind Strategy.

“We see a great opportunity to develop an offshore wind industry on the east coast. The International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum provides an opportunity to discuss what the industry needs to do to make the industry work here. In addition, the quality agenda and timely discussions on market intelligence make this something not to miss, ” says Thomas Brostrøm, DONG Energy.

The event is expected to attract 350-400 participants from the U.S., Germany, Denmark, United Kingdom and Asia. “The Business Network for Offshore Wind is not only best situated to host the 2016 International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum in Newport, RI, it’s also the only organization that can guarantee the attendance of the right players in this rapidly growing U.S. market. You can be assured that this Forum is run by the only organization whose sole focus is offshore wind energy and with it, the support and participation of developers and hundreds of supply chain member companies. Don’t miss out on this unique chance for unparalleled access to the leading players at this year’s 2016 International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum in Newport, Rhode Island,” says Paul Rich, U.S. Wind.

The IPF places an emphasis on creating partnerships and delivers more than 14 opportunities for personal networking and connecting businesses through WindMatch sessions, a chance for individuals to sit down one-on-one with other leaders in the industry. The event is intentionally kept at a manageable size to facilitate networking and business connections, which often lead to business transactions both in and out of the offshore wind industry.

The Forum also injects U.S. innovation into the global offshore wind dialogue, while highlighting European expertise. The event sparks ideas, offers differing approaches and presents unique perspectives on planning, constructing, and maintaining an offshore wind project. “The United States has led the world in innovation, and this event facilitates the insertion of new ideas into the global offshore wind industry, helping drive down costs. This year, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Langley Research Center (LaRC) is hosting an internal technology competition to promote commercialization of technologies in the areas of offshore wind, advanced manufacturing and UAVs. The winners will be featured in an exclusive workshop panel,” said Liz Burdock, Executive Director of the Business Network for Offshore Wind (Network). “The United States will follow some European practices to plan, construct and maintain its offshore wind projects, but it will not completely copy the European offshore wind industry model, creating opportunities for innovation in all sectors of the supply chain. For that reason, the Network heavily promotes innovation and the use of technologies from all sectors to reduce costs.”

This year, the IPF will spotlight the first U.S. offshore wind project being built off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island, with a tour of the project on Atlantic Wind Transfers, a Network Member. During the tour, participants will hear directly from Network members such as GE, LM Windpower, and Northeast Carpenters, who are constructing and installing the project. Participants must be registered for the IPF to attend the tour. Space is further limited to the first 125 participants due to boat capacity.

The IPF is sponsored by U.S. Wind, DONG Energy, Aeolus Energy, GE, LM Wind Power, Meggitt, Sabik Offshore GmbH, Siemens, Alpine Ocean Seismic Survey, Apex Companies, LLC and Ventower Industries. Partners include Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative (MOWII). Supporting partners include U.S. Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM), US Department of Energy (USDOE), US Department of Commerce (USDOC), U.S. Trade and Development Association (USTDA), United Kingdom Trade and Investment (UKTI), Friends of the Supergrid, NREL, State of Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources and Fishermen’s Energy.

For more information, visit the Forum’s website at

State of the U.S. States’ OSW Deployment – update

Most coastal U.S. states have progressed beyond debating the merits of offshore wind. Their combined efforts are marching America toward a need for a developed offshore wind supply chain. 2016 is seeing some states progress more than others but the business opportunities remain abundant. Click here for a second quarter update on States with offshore activity.


Offshore Wind = Onshore Jobs

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As I envision turbines spinning elegantly off the Maryland coast, I not only think about the megawatts of clean electricity generated, but also the jobs created. Offshore wind encompasses diverse industry sectors such as engineering, marine, construction, property development, manufacturing, transportation, logistics and aerospace, just to name a few. All of these industries have transferable skills and expertise applicable to the offshore wind market. But what does this really mean? What types of companies will benefit and who can be employed in the emerging offshore wind industry?

U.S. Wind, Inc. Maryland’s newly selected offshore wind developer and has stated it will utilize as much local content as possible. “We plan to use as many businesses as possible in Maryland to meet the Offshore Renewable Energy Credit (OREC) requirements. This is how we work in Italy on local projects and we plan to do the same here in Maryland.” Said Paolo Sammartino, Foreign Market Development Manager. BizMDOSW and US Wind are working together to ensure that not only the project succeeds, but that Maryland businesses benefit. The Business Network for Maryland Offshore Wind (BizMDOSW), Maryland’s only organization solely-focused on the creation of an offshore wind industry, is assisting U.S. Wind, Inc., to identify the hundreds of companies that can participate in the planning, construction, installation and operations of the estimated $2.5B project off the Maryland coast.

Using procurement documents from European wind projects and global offshore wind companies’ secondary process charts, BizMDOSW has generated a sample list of the types of companies, products and skills required to develop our offshore wind project in Maryland. The list includes:

Manufacturers and Fabricators:

  • Fabricators of steel foundations, transition pieces, and tower
  • Manufacturing of electrical panels, switchgear, and cabling
  • Autonomous subsea and rotor craft manufacturers
  • Vessel manufacturers and ship builders
  • Manufacturing of customized rigging equipment; and
  • Marine vessel construction.


  • Ship Repair companies
  • Stevedores
  • Millwrights
  • Blasting, painting, coating
  • Machining services
  • Welding and supplies
  • Sheet metal fabrication
  • Electrical and High Voltage Electrical
  • Galvanizing
  • Storage location at piers(warehouse)
  • Certified Welders
  • Electricians
  • Hydraulics including hoses and fittings
  • Lifting gear including repair and retest
  • Paint repair work by certified offshore painters
  • Crane services
  • Pump out boat (sewage disposal)
  • Civil works (Excavation, bulldozers)
  • Medics
  • Pilot services
  • Port services
  • Survey services (calibrations, bathymetry, hydrographic survey)
  • Crew boat
  • Guard vessel
  • Tug services
  • Supply vessels
  • Security
  • Ship agency
  • Diver services at 3 hours’ notice
  • Bunkering solutions
  • Vessel support
  • Port agents
  • Private hire car service; and
  • Waste disposal (general, hazardous i.e. spillage)


  • Large air compressors
  • Hydraulic components
  • Sensors and alarm systems
  • Custom electronic boards
  • Composite enclosures
  • Radio frequency equipment (radios, antennas, etc.)
  • Batteries
  • Food products for shipboard consumption
  • Custom equipment for heavy load handling
  • Water tight enclosures
  • HVAC equipment
  • Chemicals for etching and cleaning
  • Custom computer systems
  • Marine gangways, docks, cleats, etc.
  • Electrical supplies
  • Diesel generator sets
  • Filtration systems
  • Specialty clothing
  • Safety Equipment
  • Industrial gasses
  • Hoses
  • Insulation
  • High voltage insulators, cables, connectors, protective gear, mats, etc.
  • Labeling
  • Lighting systems
  • Packaging for transport and storage
  • Pipe
  • Pumps
  • Marine safety equipment
  • Fire protection equipment
  • Power tools
  • Transformers
  • Disposable supplies
  • Scaffoldings, and scaffold providers
  • Fuel
  • Fresh water
  • Sewage disposal
  • Fencing
  • Ship chandler
  • Tool shop
  • Food and beverages
  • Accommodation for site office personnel; and
  • Hotels

U.S. Wind estimates that $1B will be generated in local services and products during the 20-year life span of Maryland’s first offshore wind project. The time is now– get educated, involved and make your company known. If your company wants to take advantage of the golden economic opportunity in front of our state, participate in BizMDOSW and our International Partnering Forum, Nov. 12 -14th in Baltimore, MD.

Forum participants will hear directly from U.S. Wind as they outline the project vision, timeline and involvement of local businesses. Other forum topics include a presentation by Maryland State Officials on the Offshore Renewable Energy Credit (OREC), a publicly financed mechanism designed to support Offshore Wind Energy project. The presentation will address the developer’s OREC application requirements, designed to bolster the creation and retention of Maryland jobs in the offshore wind industry. Other forum workshops will address certifications, safety requirements, finance mechanisms, port infrastructure plans, logistics, construction, manufacturing, operations and maintenance. Maryland’s offshore wind industry is starting—will you be part of it?

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It Starts Here

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