Global offshore wind company RWE Renewables will collaborate with Greater New Orleans (GNO) and GNOwind Alliance to build a program to accelerate Louisiana’s supply chain engagement with the emerging offshore wind industry.
Over the next six months, GNO will host a series of company-specific information and interview workshops with the goal of identifying existing Louisiana companies with transferable capabilities for offshore wind. The aim is to provide energy companies, like RWE, with supply chain contacts to meet their multi-gigawatt offshore wind energy deployment goals.
“There is a natural connection between Louisiana’s historic strength in offshore oil and gas development and services and the future needs of offshore wind,” said Michael Hecht, president and CEO of GNO. “We are thrilled to partner with RWE Renewables to help Louisiana companies train their workforce and translate their capabilities into a huge opportunity for offshore wind in Louisiana.”
According to a recent report by the National Renewable Energy Lab, demand for offshore wind projects will drive a national supply chain with the potential to support 65,000 well-paying jobs in the United States. From turbines to foundation fabrication, reaching the national goal of 30 GW by 2030 will require a fully integrated value chain of suppliers and service companies. The Gulf of Mexico, and Louisiana in particular, have the potential to play a role in meeting the needs of the burgeoning US offshore wind industry.
“Louisiana’s plans are still in the works, but our team has had very positive experiences developing supply chain ‘pathfinder’ programs in which we engage with a range of local businesses to share information on the specific needs of the offshore wind industry, learn more about their capabilities and identify new opportunities to bring value to the nascent offshore wind market in the Gulf of Mexico,” said Sam Eaton, Vice President offshore wind development executive at RWE Renewables Americas.
In its recently passed climate action plan, Louisiana lawmakers have proposed a goal of 5 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2035. Legislation (HB 165) to expand the size of wind leases in State waters cleared the Louisiana House of Representatives and is expected to pass the Senate in the coming weeks.
Based on RWE Renewables’ experience in onshore and offshore wind markets, the biggest challenge is often helping companies at all levels of the supply chain understand how they can fit into the new wind market. offshore.
“The rapid advancement of innovations in alternative forms of energy, such as offshore wind, has created opportunities for new jobs and businesses here in Louisiana,” said Representative Jerome “Zee” Zeringue, of the Louisiana House of Representatives. “In this case, it is not a question of choosing between oil and gas or new energies, it is all that. Now is the time to take advantage of our companies’ decades of experience in the field, a world-class infrastructure for the treatment and distribution of energy and a highly skilled workforce and create an environment where success will not just be a goal, but a sure thing.”
RWE Renewables is working with economic development agencies across the country to find out how we can support their supply chain development initiatives. Louisiana businesses interested in participating in this public-private initiative can sign up to receive more information at locate.gnoinc.org/wind.
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