US Department of Energy partners with states and research institutes to boost offshore wind development

(Inside Climate News, 14 Feb 2024) Government departments, private companies and universities will join a new academic center aimed at training the next generation of offshore wind professionals.

Calling it a timely and necessary initiative, industry groups and clean energy advocates hailed a multimillion dollar partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy, the states of Maryland and Massachusetts and leading research institutes to establish a center of excellence for offshore wind energy. The announcement comes as multiple states struggle to implement offshore wind projects and ensure the clean energy transition is reliable and equitable. 

With roughly 40 partners positioned across the United States, the Academic Center for Reliability and Resilience of Offshore Wind (ARROW) is intended to drive progress toward the Biden administration’s goals of generating 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, a 100 percent clean electricity grid by 2035 and net zero emissions economy-wide by 2050. 

Having committed to generate 8.5 gigawatts of wind energy by 2031, Maryland is expected to play a key role in achieving the national target of 30 gigawatts. Recently, the state’s offshore wind market has faced financial headwinds, supply chain hiccups and regulatory bottlenecks such as permitting delays, resulting in delayed and canceled projects.   

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