Blue Wind, a Washington Maritime Blue program, has announced its 13-member leadership committee.
The committee has been tasked with supporting Blue Wind staff in the development of Washington’s offshore wind supply-chain strategy and building a detailed plan through a collaborative, equitable and inclusive approach. Formed one month after the program’s founding, the volunteer members include port, maritime, industry, NGO and skilled trade leaders.
“We’re thrilled to convene this leadership committee representing the critical perspectives our region requires to accelerate the development of the West Coast floating offshore wind farm ecosystem,” says Washington Maritime Blue’s Cassidy Fisher.
Initial organizations represented on the Blue Wind leadership committee include the State Labor Council, State Building Trades and PS Metal Trades, Inlandboatman’s Union, International Longshore and Warehouse Union, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Climate Solutions, Washington State Department of Commerce, BlueGreen Alliance, Oceantic Network, Washington Public Ports Association, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Renewable Northwest, as well as Maritime Blue and University of Washington research advisors.
“We are excited to partner with Maritime Blue and committed to the collaboration and collective action required to ensure Washington State’s success in the offshore wind industry,” adds committee member John Begala from Oceantic Network.
“Our work together will ensure the state can take advantage of this once-in-a-generation opportunity to cement the Pacific Coast region as the supply chain leader for critical floating offshore wind technology and infrastructure.“