DOE, Interior to hold Dec. 10 workshop on issues facing offshore wind development

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind and Water Power Technologies Office (WWPTO) and the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Office (BOEM) are convening a Dec. 10 workshop to obtain individual stakeholder insight into the technical and market challenges and potential pathways to facilitate the development of the offshore wind industry in the U.S.

The workshop is designed to seek individual input across the range of U.S. offshore wind stakeholders to better inform efforts to update and refine the 2011 “A National Offshore Wind Strategy.” It will be held Dec. 10, with a Dec. 7 RSVP needed, at the Hotel Palomar DC located at 2121 P St NW, Washington, D.C. 20037.

DOE says in a meeting notice to be published in the Dec. 1 Federal Register that since the release of the “A National Offshore Wind Strategy: Creating an Offshore Wind Energy Industry in the United States,” DOE has invested in 55 projects and demonstrations and DOI has held five offshore wind lease sales. A 2016 update to the strategy is currently underway at the agencies, which aims to better understand how the industry has changed in the past five years, identify the key challenges still facing the U.S. industry, explore potential pathways for offshore wind in the U.S., and identify the activities needed to facilitate offshore wind development.

Participants should limit information and comments to those based on personal experience, individual advice, information, or facts regarding these topics. It is not the object of this session to obtain any group position or consensus relating to the strategic actions or inactions of the industry as a whole or those of DOE or DOI; rather, the agencies are seeking as much insight as possible from all the individuals at this meeting. 

A summary report of the meeting will be available for printing at the DOE Wind Program Online Publication and Product Library at: wind.energy.gov/publications.html.

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