NREL Staff Discuss Their Research at AWEA Offshore

Oct. 4, 2019

Three offshore wind turbines off the coast of Rhode Island.
Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island is the first offshore wind farm in the United States. Photo by Gary Norton, U.S. Department of Energy

Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will attend the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Offshore WINDPOWER Conference alongside staff from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO).

The event takes place Oct. 21–23 in Boston and provides attendees an opportunity to engage in panels, presentations, and discussions about the status and future of offshore wind in the United States.

WETO staff have engaged with the conference chairs to create opportunities to discuss programmatic priorities, including analysis focused on the offshore wind market and cost reductions, environmental effects in offshore environments, and workforce development.

For these programmatic priorities, NREL researchers are responsible for five topic sessions, covering NREL presentations on the following issues:

  • Market insights and assessing cost reduction opportunities —Walt Musial
  • Collaborative strategies for addressing commercial fishing access—Rebecca Green
  • Collaborative wildlife approaches—Chris Hein
  • The route to a 100% U.S. workforce—Ian Baring-Gould

Visit the AWEA website for more information about this event, and be sure to stop by DOE booth #303 to get your copy of the 2018 Offshore Wind Market Report Executive Summary.