The Biden administration wants 30 gigawatts of offshore wind in the national electric grid by 2030. The Department of Energy said that meeting that lofty goal will mean 2,100 wind turbines, 6,800 miles of cable and up to 85 Jones Act-compliant installation and specialized support vessels will be needed. With only seven turbines now operating in U.S. waters, the domestic supply chain has a long way to go to reach Biden’s goal.

What will it mean to create the capacity to build 350-foot-long turbine blades? Who will create the specialized vessels that create and support these facilities? These are some of the questions explored in this month's issue of Workboat + Wind, with other stories that cover:

  • BOEM issuing the first California offshore wind impact statement
  • What it means to build a sustainable wind supply chain
  • Empire Wind awarding a hybrid SOV construction contract

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