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New Offshore Energy Magazine Published

1/2/2017

The Business Network for Offshore Wind (BNOW) has issued the newest edition of its Breeze magazine on the offshore maritime-dependent energy industry. 

"Offshore energy generation is a rapidly emerging industry in the United States that represents tremendous opportunities for maritime employers, educators and associations to meet emerging workforce needs," says SMART Center PI and Executive Director Barbara R. Murray. "The industry requires workers with relevant experience and knowledge to build, install, repair and maintain the massive offshore wind turbines, credentialed vessel operators to transport materials to offshore sites, and experienced logisticians to coordinate the massive pieces and complicated processes to make the industry happen. The SMART Center has already begun raising awareness of the immediate educational career pathway development and credentialing potential and we look forward to collaborating with industry stakeholders to meet the emerging workforce needs."

  • Just last month BNOW announced that:
  • - Statoil successfully won the New York Offshore Wind Energy Area lease rights,
  • - DONG Energy and Eversource Energy are partnering to develop the Bay State Wind Farm in Massachusetts which is projected to provide power about one million homes in Massachusetts, and
  • - that after completion of the Block Island Wind Farm, Deepwater Wind is moving south to start its next U.S. based offshore wind project in the Chesapeake Bay Area.

The SMART Center's home state of Virginia alone projects that offshore wind energy will make up 50% of the state's power generation by the year 2050.

"Based on what we have seen in Europe, the industry promises to create a significant number of well-paying, stable jobs nationwide and the SMART Center looks forward to contributing to the industry's workforce pipeline development," says Murray.