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INSIGHTS: RENEWABLE ENERGY ment grants. This is especially true in the The Jones Act & OSW Wind project in Rhode Island, the ? rst aboard OSW support vessels. (This will cases of Maryland and Massachusetts. For the most part, we have found the commercial offshore wind farm in the be addressed in the next issue of Mari- (See for example in Maryland: https:// Jones Act is not an impediment to the United States. (Deepwater Wind has time Reporter & Engineering News).
energy.maryland.gov/Pages/Info/renew- construction and operation of OSW subsequently been acquired by Ørsted, The current end of the PTC is also able/offshorewindworkforce.aspx.) farms. In fact, U.S. shipyards are taking the Danish wind company involved in discouraging to developers who have to
Other states like New York and Virgin- advantage of the law to build crew trans- numerous U.S. projects, as noted above.) ? nance their own projects—albeit with ia have developed extensive directories fer and supply vessels. At the same time, the United States has some state support. The Department of of businesses who can meet the needs of Just recently, Ørsted, in conjunc- not committed to building a heavy-lift Energy loan guarantee program and port wind farm developers. Maritime suppli- tion with WindServe Marine, LLC, an- vessel to lift the huge turbines aboard infrastructure grants are other ? nance ers should work with state agencies to nounced that it has selected two U.S. the platforms once they are in place, and options. make sure they are included. (See www. companies to construct new Jones Act foreign-? ag vessels used in worldwide nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/ quali? ed crew transfer vessels (CTVs). trades are used for this stage of develop- Conclusions
Offshore-Wind/Economic-Opportuni- The ? rst CTV will be built in Hubert, ment. Since they stay outside the territo- Offshore wind is coming to the United ties/Supply-Chain-Database and www. NC, at U.S. Workboats, and the second rial limits of the United States, they can States and a maritime community near vaoffshorewind.org/supply-chain.) by Senesco Marine in North Kingstown, continue to do this work. you, accompanied by good jobs and
State laws (e.g., in MD and NY) often Rhode Island. The ? rst CTV will be clean renewable energy. Join the band- require a certain percentage of local con- deployed to the Virginia CVOW proj- What Remains to Be Resolved wagon and support these exciting new tent before approving the wind project. ect; the next will be used in the Ørsted/ OSW development is, unfortunately, farms just over the horizon. Take advan-
But at the end of the day, they are pri- Eversource Revolution Wind project not subject to one-stop shop permitting. tage of the dollars being contributed by marily looking for the lowest price so off southern New England. (See www. And, various agencies have taken differ- developers to jobs and training and make that consumers are not harmed by the offshorewindus.org/2019/05/08/Ørsted- ent positions on how the federal OCS sure your company is on the state supply price of the wind in their next energy awards-windserve-marine-? rst-u-s-offs.) Lands Act applies to a wind farm project list. Finally, encourage Congress to sup- bill. And, prices are coming down to Forward-thinking yards like Blount as compared to an oil and gas project. port an extension of the PTC or Invest- levels competitive with natural gas. (See Boats in Warren, Rhode Island, have al- This is leading to confusion and poten- ment Tax Credit and to resolve some of statistic above for the Vineyard Wind ready stepped up to the plate and built tially stopping progress for OSW farms. the knotty jurisdictional issues faced by project off MA.) a UK-designed offshore support ves- This is also the case for what type of visa too many agencies in the OSW permit- sel, which was used in the Deepwater should be issued to specialists serving ting stew.
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