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Week September 14

AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER 2020 — Unlimited Team Registration Now Available

The U.S. offshore wind industry is set to deliver significant economic benefits over the next decade. In addition to providing clean, affordable, and reliable power, the U.S. Offshore Wind Power Economic Impact Assessment estimates that developing 30,000 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind along the East Coast could support up to 83,000 jobs and deliver $25 billion in annual economic output by 2030. AWEA has reconstructed our Offshore WINDPOWER event to create a valuable & successful online experience, allowing you to connect during this critical time in the offshore wind sector. Register here!

Given the momentum behind offshore wind, in addition to the critical role in economic recovery it will play, it is more important now than ever that we come together. With the 2020 AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER event going virtual, we no longer have space limitations and would like to open it up for as many members of your team to join as possible.
  • Members: $2,500 for unlimited company participation
  • Nonmembers: $3,500 for unlimited company participation
New VIP Speakers Confirmed: Access these exciting speaker presentations and more when you register to join us October 13-14:
  • Ali Zaidi, Deputy Secretary to Governor Cuomo & Chairman of Climate Policy and Finance
  • Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, Deputy Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Daniel Simmons, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, US Department of Energy
  • Walter Cruickshank, Acting Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • John Lavelle, President & CEO, Offshore Wind, GE Energy
  • Ed Saade, President, Fugro USA
  • Siri Kindem, President, Equinor Wind US
  • David Hardy, President & COO, US Offshore Wind, Orsted
  • Chris Hart, President& Managing Director, Atlantic Shores
  • Mark Mitchell, Vice President of Generation Construction, Dominion Energy
  • Michael Brown, CEO, Mayflower
  • Lars Thaaning Pedersen, CEO, Vineyard Wind
  • Eric Thumma, Interim VP Offshore Wind, Avangrid Renewables
  • Doreen Harris, President & CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (moderating)
For more information on the conference and to view the agenda, follow this link.

President withdraws OCS lands targeted at oil and gas development, that could also impact offshore wind development in the South Atlantic

On September 8th, President Trump reversed course on prior plans to open up more of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Coast to offshore oil and gas drilling when he issued a memorandum withdrawing certain outer continental shelf (OCS) lands in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coasts of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida from being available for leasing for oil and gas development. However, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) authority the President cited (43 USC 1341(a)) appears to apply to any leasing, including offshore wind. The President’s action prohibits leasing for 10 years in these areas starting on July 1, 2022 and continuing through June 30, 2032. It provides an exemption for existing leases. You can view the map of BOEM’s South Atlantic Planning Area cited in the President's memo here. You can view the South Carolina call areas and portions of the Wilmington call areas published by BOEM in 2015 that could be impacted by this limitation here. It appears that unless BOEM finalized lease areas, auctioned them and secured signed leases in the affected areas before July 1, 2022, it will not be possible to do so for the subsequent decade.

September Offshore Hearings

There are several hearings specifically relevant to offshore wind this month. On September 15, 2020, Senate Energy and Natural Resources considered Senator Whitehouse and Cassidy's "Opening Federal Financial Sharing to Heighten Opportunities for Renewable Energy Act of 2020" (OFFSHORE Act), along with 14 other bills. During the week of September 21st, the committee also plans to have a hearing on offshore energy with a focus on offshore wind. Finally, on September 22nd, the House Natural Resources committee is holding a hearing titled "Trump Administration Broken Promises on Renewable Energy." This hearing will focus on delays at BOEM for designating WEAS, failure to hold auctions, and Vineyard Wind. For hearing materials and schedules, go to U.S. House of Representatives, Committee Repository, and to watch the live stream on YouTube, follow this link.

NYSERDA State of the Science Workshop: Cumulative Impacts to Wildlife from Offshore Wind Energy

Registration is open now through October 30 for NYSERDA's Environmental Technical Working Group's (E-TWG) virtual State of the Science Workshop on Wildlife and Offshore Wind Energy. This year's program, which will be held November 16th-20th, is focused on cumulative impacts to wildlife from offshore wind energy development. The workshop is free of charge. Registration includes participation in plenary sessions (November 16-20), networking opportunities, optional participation in breakout group meetings, a final webinar, and more. The draft scientific program will be released on September 21st. More information will be shared on E-TWG's website as the workshop planning progresses. Registration for the workshop can be found here. The final report on the 2018 workshop proceedings can be found here.

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Additional Resources

  • #SupportOffshoreWind Website:  In march of 2020, AWEA launched the #SupportOffshoreWind campaign. The website and social content features video testimonials from Gulf Coast marine workers who had a hand in building the Block Island Wind Farm and are eager to apply their skills to working in the offshore wind industry. 
  • U.S. Offshore Wind Power Economic Impact Assessment: This report details the once-in-a-generation opportunity that offshore wind can bring to the U.S. with up to 30,000 MW of capacity, 83,000 jobs, and $25 billion of annual economic activity by 2030. 
  • Economic Impact of U.S. Offshore Wind Power Fact Sheet: This 2 page fact sheet was created from the findings in the U.S. Offshore Wind Power Economic Impact Assessment.
  • WINDIQ: WindIQ is the authoritative source of U.S. wind project and manufacturing data. The interactive, online platform provides data, charts, and dashboards covering all operational, under construction, and advanced development wind energy projects. WindIQ now allows you to search specifically for offshore projects via the ‘Phase Type’ criteria. The map also shows the offshore location of the project.
  • Offshore Wind Energy Fact Sheet: U.S. offshore wind is taking shape in waters off the coast across the country. Learn more about the abundant potential of this new ocean energy resource. Updated December 2019.
  • Offshore 2019The 2019 AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER Conference in Boston included nearly 1,300 attendees, 76 exhibitors, dozens of sessions featuring 160 industry leaders and experts, as well as hundreds of onsite business meetings between attending companies. The opportunities and excitement around the future of the U.S. offshore wind sector were undeniable. It was evident our industry is at the forefront of a new American energy source. ICYMI: Post conference report, the conference recordings, and event photos.
  • Offshore 2020Save the date for the AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER 2020 Conference in New York City, October 13 - 14.