Project Director: Mark Sinclair
Contact: Mark Sinclair, MSinclair@cleanegroup.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 the US Offshore Wind Collaborative, with support by leading private foundations, are 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
Clean Energy States Alliance
CESA is a nonprofit coalition of state and municipal clean energy programs in the country, working together to develop and promote clean energy technologies. CESA was formed in 2002 as an organization to assist state and sub-federal efforts to advance renewable energy technologies and markets. CESA has been working with states and federal agencies on offshore wind issues for several years. CESA is dedicated to helping its members implement ground-breaking clean energy programs. To that end, CESA facilitates multi-state collaborations, real-time learning and strategic public-private partnerships to ensure the rapid implementation of successful clean energy programs. Put simply, CESA is dedicated to supporting government leadership, activities and innovation in the clean energy sector.
If you are interested in learning more about the CESA Accelerating Offshore Wind project, contact:
Marissa Newhall, Communications Manager, OWAP - Marissa@cleanegroup.org