Project Director: Val Stori and Lewis Milford
Contact: Val Stori, Val@cleanegroup.org
Upcoming Project: The Northeast Wind Resource Center, www.northeastwindcenter.org
Offshore wind presents one of the country’s most significant renewable energy resources, with a near-term potential to transform the Atlantic states’ energy portfolio, create an entirely new clean energy industry sector, meet aggressive state renewable energy policy goals, and reduce carbon emissions at a significant scale. Offshore wind is a very large resource, is adjacent to major U.S. load centers (reducing transmission investment costs), can be deployed now, appears to pose minimal environmental risk, and has great potential for achieving cost reductions in a reasonable timeframe to achieve competitiveness with other energy resources.
The Department of Energy (DOE) is pursuing a national work plan to deploy 10 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind capacity by 2020 and 54 GW by 2030. Development at this scale and timeframe would generate investments for significant manufacturing and project deployment, while displacing substantial fossil fuel generation.
Despite this vast potential, the progress on offshore wind development in the U.S. has been slow so far. While developers propose projects in states from North Carolina to Maine, siting difficulties, a lack of market demand due to initial high costs, and uncertainties in tax policy and financing have reduced deployment progress. As a result, the U.S. has not yet developed a robust infrastructure and supply chain for offshore wind, which in turn keeps cost high.
Offshore Wind Accelerator Project (OWAP)
Supporting Cooperation and Leadership between States, Federal Agencies, Industry, Local Communities, and Environmental Organizations to Advance Responsible Offshore Wind Development
The country is at a crossroads. While offshore wind presents a huge opportunity for environmental and economic progress, complex issues remain that require greater levels of state, federal, and private sector coordination and cooperation. To seize this opportunity, the Clean Energy States Alliance and Clean Energy Group, with support by leading private foundations, is assisting state and federal officials, industry representatives, and non-governmental organizations, to tackle the major barriers to offshore wind development through greater, focused collaboration, cooperation, and partnerships in an accelerated timeframe.
The objectives of the stakeholder initiative are to:
- Increase ongoing cooperation and communication on priority problem-solving;
- Address project siting challenges by assisting existing federal agency efforts to improve the regulatory and planning process;
- Advance investment through power procurement cooperation by state and federal agencies and through new financing mechanisms;
- Identify supply chain needs and launch cooperative opportunities to build the industry infrastructure; and
- Develop an information platform to provide access to recent data and information on offshore wind issues
If you are interested in learning more about the CESA Accelerating Offshore Wind project or OWAP, contact:
Val Stori, Project Director, OWAP - Val@cleanegroup.org