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U.S. Offshore Wind Collaborative Launches Offshore WindHub

U.S. Offshore Wind Collaborative Launches Offshore WindHub

Date: 12/17/2012

The U.S. Offshore Wind Collaborative (USOWC) released its Offshore WindHub, an information portal designed for stakeholders in this developing U.S. market.

Fara Courtney, USOWC executive director, believes that the first phase of the online resource will aid in the growth of the industry.

"The concept for having a place that's basically a digital library of information about what's happening in the offshore wind space in the U.S. at the state level, regionally, and at the federal level has been part of our thinking and something we wanted to do since the USOWC started," Courtney said. "The states have been the drivers for the market in the policy arena, planning, finding financing mechanisms, and working more or less in isolation. There were a lot of lessons being learned, but it was hard to capture them."

The Offshore WindHub provides users with regularly updated information related to policy, technology, economics, and regulatory and siting concerns from the state and federal levels. According to Courtney, although the U.S. industry is very young, "a lot of ground has been covered." She believes that it is important to capture the industry's early history "before we get beyond it, so that we can keep learning and not re-doing things that have already been done."

The initial phase of the Offshore WindHub focuses on the Atlantic coast and was funded through grants from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Future development phases are expected to include analytical tools and an overall site expansion as the industry grows and information needs are identified.

In 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced funding to seven Offshore Wind Advanced Technology Demonstration projects totaling $168 million over 6 years. For more information on these projects and the DOE's role in the offshore wind industry, visit the DOE's Offshore Wind Research and Development page.

This information was last updated on February 08, 2017