The International Partnering Forum, taking place in Richmond, Va., August 24 -26, will bring together industry leaders, federal and local government officials, and companies working to cement the U.S. offshore wind industry as the backbone of U.S. green energy infrastructure.
For Immediate Release: August 17, 2021
Media Contact: Melinda Skea
BALTIMORE – The Oceantic Network, the leading non-profit advocate for U.S. offshore wind will host its eighth annual International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum (IPF) on August 24 – 26 in Richmond, Virginia. The three-day event will bring together industry leaders, government officials, and companies working to cement the U.S. offshore wind industry as the backbone to a green energy infrastructure. IPF will tackle topics from what the U.S. needs to get to net zero, local opportunities within the growing global market, and using offshore wind to strengthen the country’s infrastructure.
The annual IPF conference is the premier event for the offshore wind energy supply chain, which is now projected to be a $100 billion revenue opportunity in capital expenditures alone. This year’s speakers include Virginia Senator Mark Warner, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney as well as government officials like BOEM Director Amanda Lefton and industry leaders Vineyard Wind CEO Lars Thanning Pedersen, U.S. Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski, Ørsted Offshore North America CEO David Hardy, and more. Each will address aspects of the growing offshore wind industry from port developments, workforce training, supply chain needs and more.
“In January, the U.S. announced a goal of 30 GWs of offshore wind power by 2030. Currently, there 42 MWs installed and operating in the U.S., leaving 29,958 MWs to be installed in eight years. This an average of 3,700 MWs per year. This new demand creates opportunity for U.S. companies both large and small”, said Liz Burdock, CEO and president of Oceantic Network. “All of these decision makers will convene next week at the Network’s IPF in Richmond to discuss, collaborate, and advance offshore wind in the U.S.”
The exhibit and conference are on track to draw thousands of industry professionals representing over 500 companies, all focused on sharing valuable insights on how to move the emerging U.S. wind industry forward. Attendees will have access to over nearly 200 exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall, multiple networking opportunities to connect with fellow participants including WindMatch one-on-one appointments, and more than 75 experts speaking on the latest developments, projects, and products moving the offshore wind industry and its supply chain forward.
“The world intends to deploy on the order of 254 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030, an average of 24 GWs per year. In comparison, the global supply chain installed 6 GWs last year. The industry is facing a demand of a four-fold increase”, added Burdock.
This year, IPF included three virtual sessions, in April, May, and June, and culminates in IPF Together, the in-person event happening August 24-26 in Richmond, Virginia. The full conference schedule may be seen online here. More details, including special guest speakers, will be announced soon.
Credentialed members of the media can gain free admission and schedule interviews by contacting Melinda Skea, the Network’s vice president of communications.
- IPF Together website
- IPF Schedule at a Glance
Oceantic Network is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a robust offshore wind supply chain in the U.S. It advances the industry forward through education, facilitating partnerships, and events, including the International Offshore Wind Partnership Forum, the largest offshore wind conference in America. Learn more at offshorewindus.org.