Report: Offshore wind will require major infrastructure, supply chain investments


Achieving the federal government’s aggressive offshore wind power goals will require billions of dollars in spending on transmission infrastructure, “unprecedented” cooperation between grid operators and federal and state agencies, and a major buildout of the domestic supply chain, reports the Idaho Capital Sun.

Coastal states such as Louisiana are pushing for offshore wind projects, but a report released Monday sees potential bottlenecks looming, both in the supply chain to build and install turbines as well as in the ability to bring the electricity ashore.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, along with the Business Network for Offshore Wind and Tufts University, among other partners, found that creating an American supply chain for the offshore wind industry, including manufacturing facilities, ports and vessels, could make the Biden administration’s 30-gigawatts-by-2030 target achievable. Read the entire story.