Offshore Wind Energy: Demand, Impacts and Developments


Jean Kelley (Editor)

Series: Renewable Energy: Research, Development and Policies
BISAC: SCI024000; TEC031010

In March of 2021, the Biden administration established a national offshore wind energy target to install 30 gigawatts (GW) by 2030. This ambitious goal was intended to not only help reduce dependency on fossil fuels, but also establish a new and sustainable renewable energy industry. Chapter 1 characterizes the challenges and opportunities facing the domestic supply chain industry and evaluates its potential benefits.

The floating offshore wind energy industry is growing rapidly worldwide because of the vast wind resource and the potential for fewer conflicts with other human uses and the environment. Chapters 2 and 3 describe the requirements for ports to support floating offshore wind manufacturing, installation, and/or service activities, and estimate the investment and time frames required to construct these ports.

Chapter 4 looks at new rulemaking actions affecting wind energy and other renewable energy projects on the U.S. outer continental shelf. Chapter 5 examines restrictions on foreigners working in the U.S. offshore energy sector.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The Demand for a Domestic Offshore Wind Energy Supply Chain
Matt Shields, Ruth Marsh, Jeremy Stefek, Frank Oteri, Ross Gould, Noé Rouxel, Katherine Diaz, Javier Molinero, Abigayle Moser, Courtney Malvik and Sam Tirone

Chapter 2. The Impacts of Developing a Port Network for Floating Offshore Wind Energy on the West Coast of the United States
Matt Shields, Aubryn Cooperman, Matilda Kreider, Frank Oteri, Zoe Hemez, Liz Gill, Ashesh Sharma, Kyle Fan, Walt Musial, Matt Trowbridge, Ashley Knipe, and Jennifer Lim

Chapter 3. Considerations for Floating Wind Energy Development in the Gulf of Maine
Walt Musial, Suzanne MacDonald, Rebecca Fuchs, Gabriel R. Zuckerman, Scott Carron, Matt Hall, Daniel Mulas Hernando, Sriharan Sathish, and Kyle Fan

Chapter 4. Offshore Wind Regulatory Framework: New Developments
Laura B. Comay and Adam Vann

Chapter 5. Offshore Energy: Vessel and Crew Nationality Requirements
John Frittelli and Laura B. Comay


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