Bipartisan House Offshore Wind ITC bill introduced

On Wednesday, October 30th, Rep. Pascrell (D-NJ) and Rep. King (R-NY) introduced H.R. 4887, the "Offshore Wind Power Act of 2019." This legislation is the House companion bill to Sens. Carper (D-DE) and Collins (R-ME) bill, S.1988 that extends the offshore ITC through calendar year 2027 or until the industry reaches 3,000 MW, whichever happens later. Rep. Pascrell is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and has prioritized an offshore wind ITC in part of any House energy tax extenders legislation. The press release, including a supportive quote from AWEA's CEO, Tom Kiernan, can be found here.

The Waterfront Alliance and the General Contractors Association of NY presenting a Policy Forum on "Offshore Wind on New York State's Horizon

A Discussion on Maximizing Potential and Addressing Barriers": This event will bring industry experts from the fields of energy, infrastructure, and labor together to discuss steps being taken to activate the major offshore wind projects and how harnessing the region's offshore wind resources presents an enormous opportunity to create thousands of highly-skilled jobs, revitalize ports and local communities, and deliver large amounts of clean, reliable energy to the region. The discussion is taking place on Thursday, November 7 from 8:30-10 AM in New York City. For more information and to purchase tickets please click here

NJ BPU holding a stakeholder meeting to discuss offshore transmission on November 12th

The NJ BPU is holding a Public Meeting on November 12th in Trenton, NJ, to discuss how New Jersey should plan its transmission system to accommodate the scenario where offshore wind plays a major role in New Jersey's energy future. According to the BPU, this meeting is the "first of possibly a series of technical conference-format meetings where interested stakeholders can provide comment on one or more offshore wind transmission solutions that may further the State's offshore wind ambitions in a cost-effective manner for New Jersey ratepayers." Stakeholders will have the opportunity to ask questions to the panel, as well as to provide formal oral comments. This meeting will be recorded by a court reporter. Stakeholders interested in attending may register no later than noon on Thursday, November 7, 2019 via an email to OSW.Stakeholder@bpu.nj.gov.

MA selects Mayflower Wind project

On October 30, Massachusetts announced it selected the 804 MW Mayflower Wind project as the winner of the state's second offshore wind solicitation. The project is being developed by Mayflower Wind Energy, a joint venture of Shell New Energies and EDP Renewables. The developers will now negotiate a final contract with the state's distribution utilities, Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil, which is expected to be executed by December 13. The price of the project came in lower than the original price cap of $84 per MWh, and the developers estimate that the project will reduce electricity rates by $3.7 billion over the term of the contract. Mayflower Wind is scheduled for operations in 2025. 


Additional Resources

  • 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 October 2019.
  • O&M and Safety Conference 2020: In the US, there are now over 56, 000 wind turbines with a combined capacity of 98 gigawatts (GW) of wind energy in the ground and 22 GW expected offshore by 2030. This impressive growth, coupled with leaps in technology, has renewable energy companies looking at their operating assets for profits. But what does operations look like in the 2020s? A successful wind project requires more than top-notch technology; its most important asset are the people who maintain the projects.
  • CLEANPOWER 2020: The momentum for offshore wind continues leading into AWEA’s CLEANPOWER Conference & Exhibition, taking place June 1 – 4 in Denver. The event will include a pre-conference seminar about the offshore floating market opportunities on the horizon, as well as sessions that focus on key, strategic issues that impact the pan renewable community. Join us for CLEANPOWER 2020, where all the major developers, utilities, OEMs, suppliers and buyers converge under one roof.

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