What is the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind?

The Special Initiative on Offshore Wind aims to be the independent, objective catalyst that will truly add value to the offshore wind efforts in the U.S. The program, housed at the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, launched in January, 2014.

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Special Initiative on Offshore Wind FAQ

Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about SIOW.


Publications from the Special Initiative:

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.

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SIOW White Paper: Supply Chain Contracting Forecast for US Offshore Wind Power

America’s growing offshore wind power industry —now projected to generate 18.6 GW of clean, cost-effective power in seven states on the Atlantic Seaboard by 2030—is presenting a nearly $70 billion CAPEX revenue opportunity to businesses in the offshore wind power supply chain over the course of the next decade. In this white paper, the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (SIOW)quantifies the extensive supply chain business opportunities this $70 billion CAPEX is creating to build out the U.S. offshore wind sector between now and 2030, with quantification broken down by industry component, by state, and by year through 2030.

Full Report: SIOW White Paper: Supply Chain Contracting Forecast for US Offshore Wind Power

Massachusetts Offshore Wind Future Cost Study

This study models the cost of electricity from 2,000 MW of offshore wind energy, deployed off the coast of Massachusetts throughout the period 2020-2030. We find that costs will be far lower than previously contracted prices for offshore wind in the New England region and that costs will continuously lower throughout a build-out during the decade, due to ongoing technology and industry advances and the effects of making a Massachusetts market visible to the industry.

Full Report: Massachusetts Offshore Wind Future Cost Study

September 2015 White House Summit on Offshore Wind

This fact sheet was released by the White House Office of the Press Secretary and announces Obama Administration actions to support the development of offshore wind.

Fact Sheet: White House Summit on Offshore Wind 9-28-15

New York Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Study

This paper examines and quantifies the potential for reduced offshore wind project costs through technological innovation, global market maturation and actions that New York could undertake unilaterally or in collaboration with other Atlantic coast states.

Full Report: New York Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Study

SIOW Fact Sheet: The World is Turning On to Clean, Renewable Energy from Offshore Wind

While deployment in the U.S. has lagged other parts of the world, the U.S. potential for offshore wind power is tremendous — estimated to be more than 1,300 GW of electricity generation.

Full Fact Sheet: World turning on to OSW — March2015

Offshore Wind Lessons Learned from Europe — June 2014 Congressional Briefing by SIOW

Agenda for a congressional briefing moderated by SIOW Director at the time, Stephanie McClellan.

Agenda: Congressional Briefing Flyer 6-12-14