Report: Nearly 500 Louisiana companies could support offshore wind, but need legislative help

TRANSITION UNDERWAY: Gulf Island Fabrication’s creation of steel jacket foundations for the Block Island Wind Farm is an oft-cited example of how the transition to renewable energy is already occurring in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo by Don Kadair

There are 458 distinct companies in Louisiana with the potential to supply products or services in the offshore wind industry, reports Utility Dive.

A recent report published by consulting firm Xodus Group asserts that the state’s existing role in the domestic offshore wind supply chain, along with its existing oil and gas production infrastructure and workforce, would serve the state well as it builds out its offshore wind market.

The report, however, recommends the state’s legislature establish a procurement process and deployment goals for offshore wind. It also recommends the state position itself as a “key manufacturing hub for large steel components” while leveraging its reputation as a shipbuilding hub. Read the entire story.