USOWC launched in October 2012 a new online information portal for all stakeholders in the emerging US offshore wind industry. This first phase of the Offshore WindHub brings together resources related to Atlantic coast state and federal activities in offshore wind policy, technology, economics, and siting. The site can be accessed at www.offshorewindhub.org.
The Offshore WindHub gives users access to a searchable database of available information state-by-state and from key federal agencies, and will be updated regularly. Future development phases will target new geographic regions, international resources, tools, and analysis
“The US Offshore Wind industry is still in its infancy, but tremendous progress has been made,” said Fara Courtney, Executive Director of USOWC. “Policy makers, developers and rate payers need access to lessons learned and the latest thinking in order to chart an efficient course forward.”
Development of the Offshore WindHub was funded through grants by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).
“Offshore wind has the potential to add to New York’s diverse renewable energy portfolio, and we are taking steps to realize that potential through our Department of State’s ocean energy planning process and through the New York City- Long Island Offshore Wind Consortium,” said Francis J. Murray, Jr., President and CEO, NYSERDA. “This portal will provide valuable and up-to-date information in one place for those users interested in developing or learning more about offshore wind projects.”
The Collaborative is looking to users to recommend new resources, tools, and functionality for this new web platform. “The Offshore WindHub is a work in progress. We incubated the site as a resource for the whole offshore wind community and we’ll be looking for partners to work with us to grow it,” said Courtney.
One important partner has already stepped forward: The University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center will work with the Collaborative to provide site management and technical development. Dr. Habib Dagher, the Center’s director, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership. “The Offshore WindHub fills a real need in the growing offshore wind industry in the United States. Expanding this resource to include additional features and content is the next step and UMaine is excited to be a part of it.”