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Wind on the Hill - Virtual Offshore Wind Tour

Offshore wind will play a major role in the Biden Administration’s clean energy plan. States along the Eastern Seaboard have already announced projects worth $100-billion. Yet offshore wind is relatively new in North America. 

These webinars, by Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will provide Congressional Staffers with a focused offshore wind overview in a series of short webinars starting in early February.

You will get a sound understanding of some of the policy frameworks supporting climate change and offshore wind in Denmark: A country which has recently enacted climate legislation aiming at reducing carbon emissions by 70% in 2030 compared with 1990 levels. As a first-mover in offshore wind energy, the country commissioned its first offshore wind farm in 1991 and the sector plays a key role in the current and future Danish energy system.

Offshore Wind Turbine

The world’s first offshore wind farm was built in 1991 in Danish waters. The sector has grown since from a niche idea to a multi-billion-dollar global industry that employs tens of thousands of people and which has massive growth potential. The European Green Deal envisages that 30% of the EU’s total 2020 electricity consumption will be from offshore wind. In the US, DOE’s 2015 Wind Vision envisages 86 GW of offshore wind by 2050 which will make up 14% of the projected demand for new electricity generation in the coastal and Great Lakes states.

This Virtual Tour series will furnish Congressional Staffers with a good overview of this dynamic new sector of the US economy. It provides participants with an understanding of the major issues and connects them with the key players.

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Details on each of the modules as follows:

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Policy Environment and the Transition to Clean Energy

10:00-11:00 (Eastern). Date: April 16, 2021.

Klima Minister

Despite the rapid rise of offshore wind in the last few years, the roots of the industry reach back to the 1973 OPEC oil shock and thetechnology, industry and energy policies which were developed in Denmark as a direct result of that seismic geopolitical event. In this session we look at the policy evolution from 1970 through to the present day which has been critical to creating today’s offshore wind supply chain and which has led to the point where, today, offshore wind is one of Europe’s cheapest sources of new electricity generation.

  • Introductory Remarks
  • Denmark’s Climate Plans
  • The Regulatory Framework for Offshore Wind
  • Panel Discussion – Policy Priorities to Effect Offshore Wind
    • Think Tank - Moderator
    • Congressman
    • Congressman

Manufacturing and Installation

11:00-12:00 (Eastern). Date: TBC

Offshore Wind Turbine 2A single offshore wind turbine contains thousands of components drawn from a massive supply chain. This session calls on senior management from some of the world’s leading offshore wind turbine Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). They provide an overview of the manufacturing of the major components and specifically of the foundations, towers, blades and nacelles of an offshore turbine. They also outline the process of preassembly as well as transportation to the offshore site and installation using large, purpose-built, jack-up vessels.

  • Foundation and Tower Manufacturing
  • Blade Manufacturing and Testing
  • Nacelle Manufacturing
  • Preassembly and Installation


11:00-12:00 (Eastern). Date: TBC

Offshore Wind Turbine 3Offshore and Onshore transmission will be critical to delivering on the existing and expected offshore wind energy targets of states along the eastern seaboard. Planned electricity transmission has a number of significant technical, environmental and economic advantages  over individual developer-led transmission. It is, however, also significantly more capital intensive, requires substantial political support and faces appreciably more financial risk. Federal Leadership and inter-state cooperation, will be critical to transmission buildout and so also to delivering on individual states’ ambitious plans for offshore wind construction.

  • Offshore Wind Transmission from a System Operator Perspective
  • Offshore Wind Transmission from a Developer Perspective
  • Panel Discussion – Policy Priorities for Offshore Transmission
    • Think Tank - Moderator
    • Congressman
    • Congressman
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