What is the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind?

The Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (SIOW) is an independent organization, that generates fact-based research and convenes multi-sector collaboration to provide expertise, analysis, information sharing, and strategic partnerships with industry, advocacy, and government. We do this with the goal of driving the responsible and sustainable deployment of offshore wind in the U.S.

Current Publications from the Special Initiative:

Offshore Wind Procurement Options for Delaware

In this report, the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (SIOW) projects the cost of electricity from offshore wind and compares that cost with the cost of traditional power sources. The report further assesses the health and carbon costs of offshore wind in comparison to those traditional power sources. In the report, SIOW also provides tailored guidance and options for Delaware if it decides to initiate an offshore wind procurement process and calculates the electricity price impacts of those options.

Full Report: Offshore Wind Procurement Options for Delaware

Spreadsheets: Cost-Spreadsheets-DE-OSW-Procurement

Supply Chain Contracting Forecast for U.S. Offshore Wind Power –The Updated and Expanded 2021 Edition

The U.S. offshore wind industry is moving aggressively toward the national goal of building 30 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind by 2030 and is presenting a $109 billion TOTEX or total investment opportunity to businesses in the offshore wind power supply chain over the next decade. In this updated and expanded 2021 Supply Chain Forecast, the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (SIOW) quantifies the extensive supply chain business opportunities presented by this $109 billion TOTEX from the development, construction, and operational phases with quantification broken down by offshore wind farm component, state, and year through 2030. This updated analysis also includes a calculation of development and operational expenditures, highlighting the extensive job and revenue opportunities associated with this rapidly growing industry.

Full Report: Supply Chain Contracting Forecast 2021 Edition

Offshore Wind Public Participation Guide

Offshore wind promises to supply large amounts of clean energy to America’s largest cities and coastal regions while launching tens of thousands of new careers and generating new investments in coastal infrastructure. Even so, all infrastructure development has unintended impacts, and members of other ocean industries and coastal communities have made it clear they want a say in the offshore wind development process. Those opportunities exist, but the process is sometimes opaque.

To that end, SIOW and AWEA partnered to produce a new guide designed to highlight public participation opportunities in the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (housed within the U.S. Department of the Interior) regulatory process that governs leasing of areas on the Outer Continental Shelf for renewable energy development.

Full Guide: Offshore Wind Public Participation Guide

View SIOW’s Past Publications