Companies Gearing up to Work on U.S. Offshore Wind Farms

May 31, 2017

Several companies are in the news as they gear up to work on U.S. offshore wind farms. DONG Energy awarded Lloyd's Register a second contract to support offshore survey work on the Bay State Wind and Ocean Wind projects in Massachusetts and New Jersey. Scottish Power will build two wind farms off the coast of Massachusetts and North Carolina, expected to start generating power by 2022 and 2025, respectively. Thousands of jobs are expected to result from the wind development.

The Maryland Public Service Commission approved two proposals for offshore wind farms off the coast of Ocean City because of economic benefit to the state: approximately 9,700 jobs and $1.8 billion of in-state spending over 20 years. The Public Service Commission required project developers U.S. Wind and Deepwater Wind to build part of their supply chains in Maryland, to spend at least $76 million on steel manufacturing in Maryland, and to use ports in the state. The developers are also required to invest $40 million into Tradepoint Atlantic, a shipyard near Baltimore that was once home to Bethlehem Steel. "We're extremely excited about it," said David Roncinske, a representative with Wharf, Dock Builders, Pile Drivers, and Divers Local Union 179.

See the Energy Department's video America's First Offshore Wind Farm to learn more about offshore wind in the United States.