Offshore Wind Consultants 'to help guide' US developers

Offshore Wind Consultants (OWC) has launched an advisory service to help offshore developers in the US and opened an office in Massachusetts.

Offshore Wind Consultants' US office is in Boston, Massachusetts (above, by night) (pic credit: Good Free Photos)

It aims to help developers navigate regulatory frameworks and permitting and approval processes at federal, state and local levels, the engineering consultancy stated.

"Simply explained, we will help developers understand how these processes may affect project schedules," said Adrienne Fink, who joined OWC in February to lead its US office in Boston, Massachusetts.

"Having the support of an experienced US regulatory team to guide through the process and advocate for appropriate levels of review mitigation will be an important part to the industry’s continued success as we build confidence and trust with regulators," she added. 

Currently, the US has just one 30MW offshore wind project installed.

However, a number of states have set development targets for offshore wind, awarded leases, and launched requests for proposals for capacity.

Companies have also developed projects and secured power deals for offshore wind farms.

However, others have suffered setbacks and seen projects rejected.

In December 2018, EDF Renewables had its 25MW Nautilus pilot project off the coast of New Jersey rejected, as it could not demonstrate the necessary local benefits.

And previously in 2017 developer Energy Management, was forced to cancel its 486MW Cape Wind project, after years of lawsuits, cancelled power purchase agreements and missed deadlines.

OWC, which is wholly owned by Norwegian energy consultancy group Aqualis, also offers consultancy services to offshore wind developers in Taiwan.

It also has offices in more established wind power markets such as the UK and Germany.