The Biden-Harris administration report lays out bold steps needed for Atlantic offshore wind projects to succeed
For Immediate Release: September 19, 2023
Media Contact: Luke Jeanfreau | [email protected] | 504-302-8079
BALTIMORE — The Oceantic Network, the leading national organization working to accelerate offshore wind energy deployment and build a robust domestic supply chain, welcomes today’s release of a transmission action plan from the Department of Energy and Department of Interior, An Action Plan for Offshore Wind Transmission Development in the U.S. Atlantic Region. The comprehensive Action Plan outlines the efforts needed to integrate Atlantic offshore wind projects into the electrical grid as well as long-term transmission needs.
The Network has authored numerous policy papers on the need for coordinated and planned transmission development in order to accelerate offshore wind market deployment and reduce ratepayer costs. In 2020, the Network laid out the benefits of offshore wind development in a transmission-focused policy paper, and in 2021 argued that the federal government was uniquely suited to overcome regulatory and practical hurdles of transmission development. A third paper, Coordinated Transmission Development for Offshore Wind in Multi-State RTOs, laid out how regions could chart a path forward on coordinated development.
The following statement can be attributed to Liz Burdock, founder and CEO of the Oceantic Network:
“Rebuilding America’s transmission system is critical to ensuring the full deployment of offshore wind on an accelerated timeline, and the Network has consistently called for upgrades to happen in a coordinated and planned manner to maximize benefits. Rebuilding our transmission system is extremely complex, and the federal government can play a unique role bringing major parties together to break through barriers. Along with ensuring that we can develop our industry, building out the grid in a coordinated fashion will yield enormous benefits for ratepayers and the environment, build confidence in the market’s trajectory, and accelerate development. We welcome the release of this action plan and encourage the federal government to begin working to bring states and stakeholders together.”
- An Action Plan for Offshore Wind Transmission Development in the U.S. Atlantic Region
- Advancements in Coordinated Transmission Approaches
- Offshore Wind Transmission White Paper
- Coordinated Transmission Development for Offshore Wind in Multi-State RTOs
For more information or to arrange an interview with the Network, contact Luke Jeanfreau at [email protected] or 504-302-8079.
As a non-profit organization, the Oceantic Network’s driving purpose is to inform, coordinate, and mobilize human ingenuity, enterprise, and labor to take advantage of the urgent need to tap the vast offshore wind and renewable energy resources that lie in the world’s oceans. The collective, coordinated efforts of our 600+ members equip communities and nations to accelerate the transition to clean energy and create economic opportunities.