The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a “first-of-its-kind” partnership with 11 states in the East Coast to grow the domestic offshore wind supply chain.
It will lead the development of a comprehensive offshore wind supply chain roadmap in the new White House-led Federal-State Offshore Wind Implementation Partnership, which identifies key pathways for meeting state and federal offshore wind goals.
They will work together to further grow US offshore wind energy, anticipate needs and solidify and expand key offshore wind supply chain elements, such as domestic manufacturing, logistics, transmission and workforce development.
The collaboration is expected to advance the industry’s rapid development and support President Joe Biden’s goal of 30GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030 and 100% clean electricity by 2035.
Achieving the offshore wind capacity goal is expected to result in an annual investment of $12 billion (£9.8bn) in projects, which could lead to the construction of up to 10 manufacturing facilities for turbine components and new ships to install the turbines.
The offshore wind target will also support nearly 80,000 jobs in the industry and local communities, power more than 10 million homes and reduce 78 million metric tons of carbon emissions.
Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm said: “Working together – states and the federal government – we can blow the lid off our growing domestic offshore wind industry and get us to our clean energy future faster.
“The new Federal-State Offshore Wind Implementation Partnership will help build a strong domestic supply chain for offshore wind and a foundation for delivering an abundance of clean energy along with more good-paying jobs.”