Offshore wind is quickly becoming a national industry in the United States. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is advancing Wind Energy Areas in every major U.S. body of water – the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and the Gulf of Mexico. Broader market policy alignment between state and federal governments on offshore wind is driving the creation of a national offshore wind supply chain.
Suppliers for offshore wind projects are now located in more than 30 states. These range from Washington State-based companies working on Vineyard Wind (a Massachusetts project), to Texas-based manufacturing of the first U.S.-made offshore wind substation, which will be a part of the South Fork Wind project, planned for installation 35 miles east of Montauk, New York. Nexans has expanded its South Carolina cable manufacturing facility to produce high-voltage subsea cables.
Ports in the Northeast are now breaking ground on facilities that, within the next few years, will be routinely handling offshore wind turbine components destined for installation in U.S. waters. There are also multiple vessels being constructed in Gulf of Mexico states, with steel supplied by companies located in Alabama, West Virginia, and other states. More details and information is available in the full report.
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