The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium has announced new members: the states of Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts; offshore wind developers EnBW North America and Vineyard Wind; and large-scale clean energy transmission developer Anbaric Development Partners.
Along with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the U.S. Department of Energy and other members, the companies will provide funding, technology validation and leadership to accelerate the development of the U.S.’ offshore wind industry. The consortium released an offshore wind research and development road map in November.
“Participation of public and private stakeholders such as these will contribute greatly to growing partnerships which will support this important industry and ensure that we will meet our renewable energy goals,” says the consortium’s chairman of the board, Robert B. Catell, who is also the chairman of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) at Stony Brook University, which houses the consortium.
The new members join AERTC, The Carbon Trust International Inc., National Grid, NYSERDA, Renewables Consulting Group and U.S. national laboratories, as well as offshore wind developers Avangrid Renewables, EDF Renewable Energy, EDP Renewables, Equinor, Innogy, Northland Power, Ørsted and Shell.
“The consortium’s growth is a clear sign of momentum in the fast-developing U.S. offshore wind sector, and this robust national platform for public-private partnerships will ensure that the U.S. plays a major leadership role in this global industry,” says Alicia Barton, president and CEO of NYSERDA.