With some of the largest offshore wind farms in the world now being planned in the US, the US community will benefit from the UK’s 25 years of experience in this area. There is an opportunity to rethink the US approach to health and safety in this sector, and examples of both successes and challenges in the UK will be helpful to shaping the future of the US offshore wind industry. This series will look at the lessons that can be learned from the UK experience with offshore wind, the training needs for the US, and best practice implementation recommendations.
Springboard Series: Offshore Wind
Workshop 1: Offshore Wind Energy Infrastructure, Jobs and Equity
Date: Friday, May 14, 2021
Time: 9:00-10:30AM EDT
The Tufts Offshore Wind Energy Series brings issues and topics to inform public sector decisionmakers that will deepen their understanding of the engineering and policy issues related to a developing and critical industry. Many of these matters clearly impact the broader goals of the environment, jobs, and social equity that are central to public policy, but are not brought to the fore by stakeholders acting within the current project-by-project competitive framework. Our series will engage in discussions of the public good that will impact the quality of important decisions to come.
Over the last four years, U.S. Atlantic Coast states have committed to procure approximately 30 Gigawatts of future offshore wind power by 2050. Offshore wind has arrived in America and it is set play an increasingly important role on the road towards decarbonization. It has particularly proven to be a tremendous candidate in the Northeast. Our panel will therefore focus on the NE region, as an offshore wind opportunity zone, to bolster employment and lead an industry. Challenges on the horizon include: developing a workforce, expanding the constellation of ports, restructuring the transmission grid, and managing supply chains. This panel consists of port experts who are defining the future of the offshore wind buildout in the Northeast.