Department of Energy and Department of the Interior Announce Major Offshore Wind Strategy

February 7, 2011

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced major components of a coordinated strategic plan to accelerate the development of offshore wind energy in U.S. waters. The joint National Offshore Wind Strategy: Creating an Offshore Wind Industry in the United States is the first-ever interagency plan for offshore wind energy, and it demonstrates a strong federal commitment to developing the nation’s offshore wind energy resources in a way that reduces conflict with other ocean uses and resources. The plan focuses on two major objectives: reducing the cost of offshore wind energy and reducing the timeline for deploying offshore wind systems. View the complete National Offshore Wind Strategy: Creating an Offshore Wind Industry in the United States (PDF 1.3 MB).

The Wind and Water Power Program also released three solicitations, representing up to $50.5 million over 5 years, in support of the National Offshore Wind Strategy. The U.S. Offshore Wind: Technology Development solicitation (up to $25 million over 5 years) will support the development of innovative wind turbine design tools and hardware to provide the foundation for a cost-competitive and world-class offshore wind industry in the United States.  The U.S. Offshore Wind: Removing Market Barriers solicitation (up to $18 million over 3 years) will support baseline studies and targeted environmental research to characterize key industry sectors and factors limiting the deployment of offshore wind. The U.S. Wind Power: Next-Generation Drivetrain solicitation (up to $7.5 million over 3 years) will fund the development and refinement of next-generation designs for wind turbine drivetrains. Details on these solicitations can be found on the Financial Opportunities page of the Wind and Water Power Program’s website.

For more details on the announcement, please see the DOE Press Release.