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US Offshore Wind Supply Chain Decisions Coming Soon

May 28, 2019 / KARL-ERIK STROMSTA
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With New York perhaps just days away from announcing the winners of its first offshore wind solicitation, and New Jersey not far behind it, the U.S. stands at the cusp of its first wave of offshore wind supply chain announcements, experts say.The supply chain picture will become “much clearer in the next two to three months,” after the results from New Jersey and New York come in, said Thomas Brostrøm, president of North America for Ørsted, the world’s leading offshore wind developer.“These are big markets and big solicitations,” Brostrøm told GTM. “I’ll be surprised if you don’t see some kind of announcements.” With just five turbines spinning in its waters, the U.S. has seen little investment in its offshore wind supply chain to date. But several huge projects are set to enter construction over the next two years, including Vineyard Wind's 800-megawatt project off Massachusetts, meaning the speculation and behind-the-scenes maneuvering may soon give way to firm investment decisions for offshore wind factories and ports infrastructure.