Business Network for Offshore Wind – October Wind Blast

Supply Chain Forums planned in NY, MD and NJ

States up and down the East Coast are setting historic new targets for offshore wind energy. To make these goals a reality, the industry will need a robust domestic supply chain of businesses from major Tier 1 suppliers to local small businesses. The need is tremendous, and so is the opportunity: fabricating, assembling and painting the wind turbine foundations, transition pieces and towers; constructing the offshore and onshore substations and laying the electrical transmission lines; upgrading port infrastructure; managing port operations, vessels and logistics; engineering and much more.
NYSERDA has announced a day-long New York Offshore Wind Supplier Forum on November 15, 2018 in New York City. Registration is open until Nov. 12th.
In addition, the Business Network is planning two supply chain forums focused on Maryland and New Jersey.

Save the dates:

  • November 28: Maryland
  • November 29: New Jersey

Details and registration will be announced soon!

New York and New Jersey picking up steam

The major announcements on offshore wind policies made in September by New York and New Jersey have paved the way for more progress in recent weeks. Both states held technical conferences, New York’s on Transmission and New Jersey’s on the 1100MW Request for Proposals. Here is a summary of some key activity in the two states:

New Jersey

October 10: Technical Conference for Developers

The NJ BPU held a Technical Conference which set forth the parameters for the upcoming bids. Bidders must specify an all-in 20-year OREC price, and bid sizes are 300MW to 1100MW, with a required 400MW bid. Other details were covered and are available at

November 9: NJ Spotlight Roundtable on NJ’s Energy Future – Offshore Wind

Business Network President and CEO Liz Burdock will serve as a panelist for this event, the fifth of five popular seminars on energy hosted by NJ Spotlight. NJ BPU President Joseph Fiordaliso will deliver opening remarks. Other panelists and event information is on the registration page. The event is free.

New York

September 25: Offshore Wind Technical Conference on Transmission

The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) and NYSERDA teamed up to host a technical conference on offshore wind transmission in New York City. The slides and the audio from the conference are included below.  

October 11: Notice seeking Post-Technical Conference comments

After the technical conference, NY PSC published a notice to invite comments on the potential transmission development approaches associated with New York’s Phase 2 procurements for Offshore Wind Energy.

More activity is planned by both states in the months ahead, including a New York Supplier Forum on November 15th, noted above.


BOEM takes early steps towards California offshore wind

On October 19, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published a Call for Information and Nominations (Call) to obtain nominations from companies interested in wind energy leases for three proposed areas off the coast of California: one in Northern California and two along California’s Central Coast.

BOEM is also seeking public input on the potential for wind energy development in the three Call Areas, to include site conditions, resources and other information relevant to BOEM’s review. This 100-day comment period closes January 27, 2019.

Detailed information is on BOEM’s California Activities webpage.

Webinar: U.S. Dept. of Energy clean energy loan programs

Register for this upcoming webinar on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 11-11:30 a.m. to learn about the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)’s innovative clean energy projects loan program. Authorized by Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, this program provides loan guarantees to accelerate the deployment of a wide range of innovative clean energy technologies including offshore wind. Loan guarantees are made to qualified projects and applicants who apply for funding in response to technology-specific solicitations.

Mark Higgins, Deputy Director for the Wind and Water Power Technology Office in DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), will present the webinar. Register here.

U.S. Dept. of Energy hosts Collegiate Wind Competition

Photo: U.S. Dept. of Energy
The U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) has issued a Request for Proposals for its 2020 Collegiate Wind Competition. This RFP seeks proposals from multidisciplinary teams of college students, coached by faculty, to participate in an undergraduate wind energy competition. Proposals are due November 30th.
The complete RFP notice and package is on the webpageMore information about the Competition is on DOE’s website including a video about the 2016 Competition

Network goes global in Hamburg

Liz Burdock participating in “Offshore Wind Outside Europe” plenary session at the Global Wind Summit
On September 25, Network President and CEO Liz Burdock and Executive Vice President Ross Tyler traveled to Hamburg, Germany to participate in the Global Wind Summit, a combination of the WindEurope conference and the WindEnergy Hamburg exhibition, which ran for four days and drew more than 35,000 visitors.

In addition to the 11 massive exhibition halls, the show featured 500 speakers and presenters and 1400 exhibitors from more than 100 countries.

One major benefit of the conference has been the ability to bring back the latest information and news from Europe and share it with U.S. companies. (Read more.)

Network hosts international offshore wind researchers

On October 16, the Business Network hosted visiting international members of IEA’s Wind Task at the Library of Congress. These individuals are part of 16 wide-ranging research topics applicable to offshore wind, each being studied by a consortium of academic and research-based institutions.

The Network provided a briefing on the evolving U.S. offshore wind market and gave an update on the Network’s work in convening the industry to establish technical standards.Approximately a third of the IEA members were visiting the United States for the first time, and the Network extended its warm collaborative hospitality by hosting a small reception at the Library of Congress’s James Madison Memorial Building. (Read more.)

 Network hosts rooftop Member Happy Hour

It was great to welcome more than 175 Network members to the Networking Happy Hour in Washington DC on October 15.  The night was filled with conversations, connections and spectacular views from IBEW’s rooftop deck overlooking our Nation’s capitol.   We wish to thank our sponsors Kingdom of the Netherlands, Womble Bond Dickinson, and IBEW for making the night possible.

 New episode of Offshore Wind Insider

The latest episode of Offshore Wind Insider—the Network’s new podcast—is up. You can download previous episodes on the Network’s website, and subscribe to future episodes for free on Apple Podcasts.
Episode 4: Walt Musial, Principal Engineer and Manager of Offshore Wind Activities at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

2019 IPF Call for Workshops is open!

November 1st is the deadline to submit proposals for workshops for the International Partnering Forum, scheduled from April 8-11, New York, NY. Questions? Contact
Submit your workshop idea!
Sponsor and exhibit today! Take a look at the prospectus and contact brandy luck at
About the IPF
The Business Network for Offshore Wind is hosting our sixth annual International Partnering Forum (IPF) from April 8-11, New York, NY.

The IPF is the leading technical conference for offshore wind in the United States and is dedicated to moving the industry forward. Offshore wind brings new revenue streams and thousands of jobs to the US. Attending the IPF gives you the opportunity to network with the industry’s leading global experts, generate new business opportunities, strengthen the US offshore wind supply chain and directly shape the industry.


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Webinar today: Offshore Wind Turbine Substructure Design

SNC Lavalin is hosting a webinar this afternoon on Offshore Wind Turbine Substructure Design: Optimization and Cost Reduction Challenges for the US Market.

The webinar provides a technical overview on the early drivers, challenges and areas of success in cost reduction, standardization and serial fabrication for offshore wind turbine generator (WTG). It also addresses the substructure design and the continued learning and design challenges of meeting the pace of offshore wind turbine development.

The webinar is from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST.
Register here.

What we’re reading:

  • These huge new wind turbines are a marvel. They’re also the future (Vox, Oct. 23)
  • Something new may be rising off California coast: wind farms (New York Times, Oct. 22)
  • It’s all upbeat in New Jersey’s Offshore Wind Update despite cost (NJ Spotlight, Oct. 19)
  • Vineyard Wind, Barnstable officials sign agreement on cable project (SouthCoastToday, Oct. 4)
  • Baker, Gonzalez agree to offshore wind pledge (Gloucester Daily Times, Oct. 3)
  • Court upholds BOEM lease for New York offshore wind energy (WorkBoat, Oct. 2)
  • Deepwater launches ‘major scientific endeavor’ to prep for more offshore wind (North American Windpower, Sept. 26)
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