Supply Chain Road Map for Offshore Wind Energy in the United States
- Author: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
A National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) led study evaluated how the U.S. supply chain can evolve to support the national offshore wind target and position the industry for sustainable growth beyond 2030. The national offshore wind energy target of 30 gigawatts (GW) by 2030 referenced the potential benefits of establishing a domestic supply chain, including providing existing suppliers with the ability to produce thousands of components while creating tens of thousands of U.S. jobs.
Half of the U.S. offshore wind energy projects in the pipeline are at risk of being delayed beyond 2030 because of limited port and vessel infrastructure. This risk could be addressed with around $6 billion of investment in new/expanded ports and vessels.